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.
To complete this exercise, perform the following tasks:
If you'd prefer to launch a Windows instance, see this tutorial in the Amazon EC2 User Guide for Microsoft Windows Instances: 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 EC2 Command Line Reference: Launching an Instance Using the Amazon EC2 CLI.