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Chef Server on AWS
Quick Start Reference Deployment Guide

Step 1. Prepare an AWS Account

  1. If you don't already have an AWS account, create one at http://aws.amazon.com by following the on-screen instructions. Part of the sign-up process involves receiving a phone call and entering a PIN using the phone keypad.

  2. Use the region selector in the navigation bar to choose the Amazon EC2 region where you want to deploy Chef Server on AWS.

    Amazon EC2 locations are composed of regions and Availability Zones. Regions are dispersed and located in separate geographic areas.

    
                        Choosing an Amazon EC2 region

    Figure 2: Choosing an Amazon EC2 Region

    Tip

    Consider choosing a region closest to your data center or corporate network to reduce network latency between systems running on AWS and the systems and users on your corporate network.

  3. Create a key pair in your preferred region. To do this, in the navigation pane of the Amazon EC2 console, choose Key Pairs, Create Key Pair, type a name, and then choose Create.

    
                        Creating a Key Pair

    Figure 3: Creating a Key Pair

    Amazon EC2 uses public-key cryptography to encrypt and decrypt login information. To be able to log in to your instances, you must create a key pair. With Windows instances, we use the key pair to obtain the administrator password via the Amazon EC2 console and then log in using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) as explained in the step-by-step instructions in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide. On Linux, we use the key pair to authenticate SSH login.

  4. If necessary, request a service limit increase for the Amazon EC2 t2.medium instance type. To do this, in the AWS Support Center, choose Create Case, Service Limit Increase, EC2 instances, and then complete the fields in the limit increase form. The current default limit is 20 instances.

    You might need to request an increase if you already have an existing deployment that uses this instance type, and you think you might exceed the default limit with this reference deployment. It might take a few days for the new service limit to become effective. For more information, see Amazon EC2 Service Limits in the AWS documentation.

    
                        Requesting a Service Limit Increase

    Figure 4: Requesting a Service Limit Increase