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Step 2.2: Create an Amazon EC2 Key Pair

In this step, you will create an Amazon EC2 key pair that you will use to sign in to the instance that you will launch in Step 2.3: Launch an Instance.

If you already have a key pair, make sure it was created in the US East (N. Virginia) region, and then go to Step 2.3: Launch an Instance.

To create an Amazon EC2 key pair

  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/ec2/.

  2. In the AWS region selector, choose US East (N. Virginia).

  3. Choose Key Pairs.

  4. Choose Create Key Pair.

  5. In the Create Key Pair dialog box, for Key pair name, type the name of your new key pair, and then choose Create.

  6. When prompted, save the resulting .pem file to your local workstation.

  7. Go to Step 2.3: Launch an Instance.