Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
User Guide

Setting Up Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

Before you start using Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, complete the following tasks.

Sign Up for AWS

When you create an AWS account, we automatically sign up your account for all AWS services. You pay only for the services that you use. You can use Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling at no additional charge beyond what you are paying for your EC2 instances.

If you don't have an AWS account, sign up for AWS as follows.

To sign up for an AWS account

  1. Open, and then choose Create an AWS Account.


    If you previously signed in to the AWS Management Console using AWS account root user credentials, choose Sign in to a different account. If you previously signed in to the console using IAM credentials, choose Sign-in using root account credentials. Then choose Create a new AWS account.

  2. Follow the online instructions.

    Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a verification code using the phone keypad.

AWS sends you a confirmation e-mail after the sign-up process is complete.

Prepare to Use Amazon EC2

If you haven't used Amazon EC2 before, complete the tasks described in the Amazon EC2 documentation. For more information, see Setting Up with Amazon EC2 in the Amazon EC2 User Guide for Linux Instances or Setting Up with Amazon EC2 in the Amazon EC2 User Guide for Windows Instances, depending on which operating system you plan to use for your EC2 instances.