Getting Started with AWS EC2: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

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by The Captain

June 1, 2024
AWS EC2 Tutorial: Getting Started with Elastic Compute Cloud

AWS EC2 Tutorial: Getting Started with Elastic Compute Cloud

Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It allows users to easily create and configure virtual servers (instances) on demand, making it a fundamental building block for many cloud-based applications. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of getting started with EC2 on the AWS platform.

Step 1: Launching an EC2 Instance

The first step is to log in to the AWS Management Console and navigate to the EC2 dashboard. Click on the "Launch Instance" button to create a new virtual server. You can choose from a variety of Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that contain different operating systems and pre-installed software.

Step 2: Configuring Instance Settings

Next, you will need to configure the instance settings such as the instance type, network settings, and security groups. You can choose the appropriate instance type based on your compute needs and select the VPC (Virtual Private Cloud) and subnets for networking.

Step 3: Adding Storage

You can add storage to your EC2 instance by attaching EBS (Elastic Block Store) volumes. EBS volumes provide persistent block-level storage that can be attached to your instance. You can also configure snapshots for backup and data protection.

Step 4: Connecting to Your Instance

Once your EC2 instance is up and running, you can connect to it using SSH (Secure Shell) or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) depending on the operating system. You will need the key pair or password specified during instance launch to establish a secure connection.

Step 5: Managing Your EC2 Instances

You can manage your EC2 instances through the AWS Management Console or using the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI). You can start, stop, terminate, and monitor your instances to optimize performance and cost efficiency.

Congratulations! You have now completed the basic steps to get started with AWS EC2. EC2 provides a flexible and scalable infrastructure for running applications in the cloud. Experiment with different instance types, security configurations, and storage options to customize your EC2 environment according to your requirements.