Start up an EC2 instance

Here, we’re going to startup an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Elastic Cloud Computing (EC2) “instance”, or computer.

Go to ‘‘ in a Web browser.

Select ‘My Account/Console’ menu option ‘AWS Management Console.”

Log in with your username & password.

Make sure it says North Virginia in the upper right, then select EC2 (upper left).


Select “Launch Instance” (midway down the page).


Next, scroll down the list of operating system types until you find Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (PV) – it should be at the very bottom. Click ‘select’. (See Starting up a custom operating system if you want to start up a custom operating system instead of Ubuntu 14.04.)


Scroll down the list of instance types until you find “m1.xlarge”. Select the box to the left, and then click “Review and Launch.”


Ignore the warning, check that it says “Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (PV)”, and cick “Launch”.


The first time through, you will have to “create a new key pair”, which you must then name (something like ‘amazon’) and download.

After this first time, you will be able to select an existing key pair.


Select “Launch Instance.”


Select “view instance” and you should see a “pending” line in the menu.


Wait until it turns green, then make a note of the “Public DNS” (we suggest copying and pasting it into a text notepad somewhere). This is your machine name, which you will need for logging in.


Then, go to Logging into your new instance “in the cloud” (Windows version) or Logging into your new instance “in the cloud” (Mac version)

You might also want to read about Terminating (shutting down) your EC2 instance.

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