Launch Your Instance
An instance is a virtual server in the AWS cloud. You launch an instance from an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). The AMI provides the operating system, application server, and applications for your instance.
When you sign up for AWS, you can get started with Amazon EC2 for free using the AWS Free Tier. You can either leverage the free tier to launch and use a micro instance for free for 12 months. If you launch an instance that is not within the free tier, you incur the standard Amazon EC2 usage fees for the instance. For more information, see the Amazon EC2 Pricing.
You can launch an instance using the following methods.
[Amazon EC2 console] Use an AMI that you select
|[Amazon EC2 console] Use an existing instance as a template|
[Amazon EC2 console] Use an Amazon EBS snapshot that you created
[Amazon EC2 console] Use an AMI that you purchased from the AWS Marketplace
[AWS CLI] Use an AMI that you select
[AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell] Use an AMI that you select
After you launch your instance, you can connect to it and use it.
To begin, the instance state is
pending. When the instance state is
running, the instance has started booting. There might be a short time before
you can connect to the instance. The instance receives a public DNS name that you can use
to contact the instance from the Internet. The instance also receives a private DNS name
that other instances within the same Amazon EC2 network (EC2-Classic or EC2-VPC) can use to contact
the instance. For more information about connecting to your instance, see
Connect to Your Linux Instance.
When you are finished with an instance, be sure to terminate it. For more information, see Terminate Your Instance.