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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 complete the example architecture shown in the following diagram:
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 your instance runs, 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. (This exercise assumes that you created a key pair and a security group when getting set up; see Get Set Up for Amazon EC2.) When you connect to your instance, you must specify the private key of the key pair that you specified when launching your instance.
To complete this exercise, perform the following tasks:
If you'd prefer to launch a Windows instance, see this tutorial: Getting Started with Amazon EC2 Windows Instances.
If you'd prefer to use the AWS CLI, see this tutorial in the AWS Command Line Interface User Guide: Using Amazon EC2 through the AWS CLI.
If you'd prefer to use the Amazon EC2 CLI, see this tutorial in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Command Line Reference: Launching an Instance Using the Amazon EC2 CLI.
For tutorials that show you how to use additional AWS products and services with Amazon EC2, see Getting Started with AWS.