Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
User Guide for Linux Instances

Getting Started with Amazon EC2 Linux Instances

Let's get started with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) by launching, connecting to, and using a Linux instance. We'll use the AWS Management Console, a point-and-click web-based interface, to launch and connect to a Linux instance.


Before you begin, be sure that you've completed the steps in Setting Up with Amazon EC2.

The instance is an Amazon EBS-backed instance (meaning that the root volume is an Amazon EBS volume). We'll also create and attach an additional Amazon EBS volume. You can either specify the Availability Zone in which to launch your instance, or let us select an Availability Zone for you. When you launch your instance, you secure it by specifying a key pair and security group. (You created these when getting set up.) When you connect to your instance, you must specify the private key of the key pair that you specified when launching your instance.

An Amazon EBS-backed instance with an additional Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) volume

To complete this exercise, perform the following tasks:

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