Your AWS account might support both the EC2-Classic and EC2-VPC platforms, depending on when you created your account and which regions you’ve used. To find out which platform your account supports, see Supported Platforms.
If your account supports EC2-Classic, you can launch an instance into either platform. If your account supports EC2-VPC only, you can launch an instance into a VPC only.
When you launch an instance that’s not within the AWS Free Usage Tier, you are charged for the time that the instance is running, even if it remains idle. Read this post on setting up billing alerts on your Amazon AWS account.
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Launching Your Instance from Purdox AMI
When you launch an instance, you must select a configuration, known as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). An AMI contains the information required to create a new instance. For example, an AMI might contain the software required to act as a web server: for example, Linux, Apache, and your web site.
To launch an instance open the Amazon EC2 console.
In the navigation bar at the top of the screen, the current region is displayed. Select the region for the instance. This choice is important because some Amazon EC2 resources can be shared between regions, while others can’t. Select the region that meets your needs. For more information, see Resource Locations.
From the Amazon EC2 console dashboard, click Launch Instance.
On the Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) page, choose an AMI as follows:
US-East (N. Virgina) AMI – 5ad16932
US-West (N. California) AMI – 55a7ad10
US-West (Oregon) AMI – 19ce8229
Asia-Pasific (Tokyo) AMI – cf3701ce
Asia-Pasific (Singapore) AMI – 0685a354
Asia-Pasific (Sydney) AMI – 5b7a1761
EU (Ireland) ami-3a9c304d
South America (Sao Paulo) AMI – a3c97dbe
On the Choose an Instance Type page, select the hardware configuration and size of the instance to launch. Larger instance types have more CPU and memory. For more information, see Instance Types. To remain eligible for the free tier, select the t2.micro instance type. For more information, see T2 Instances. By default, the wizard displays current generation instance types, and selects the first available instance type based on the AMI that you selected. To view previous generation instance types, select All generations from the filter list.
If you are new to AWS and would like to set up an instance quickly for testing purposes, you can click Review and Launch at this point to accept default configuration settings, and launch your instance. Otherwise, to configure your instance further, click Next: Configure Instance Details.
On the Configure Instance Details page, change the following settings as necessary (expand Advanced Details to see all the settings).
On the Tag Instance page, specify tags for the instance by providing key and value combinations. Click Create Tag to add more than one tag to your resource. Click Next: Configure Security Group when you are done.
On the Configure Security Group page, use a security group to define firewall rules for your instance. These rules specify which incoming network traffic is delivered to your instance. All other traffic is ignored. (For more information about security groups, see Amazon EC2 Security Groups.) Select or create a security group as follows, and then click Review and Launch. To select an existing security group:
In the Select an existing key pair or create a new key pair dialog box, you can choose an existing key pair, or create a new one. For example, select Choose an existing key pair, then select the key pair you created when getting set up.
We recommend against selecting the Proceed without key pair option. If you launch an instance without a key pair, you won’t be able to connect to it. This option is used only when you are creating your own AMI and don’t need to connect to the instance.
To launch your instance, select the acknowledgment check box, then click Launch Instances.
If the instance state immediately goes to terminated instead of running, you can get information about why the instance didn’t launch. For more information, see What To Do If An Instance Immediately Terminates.
That is it. You have created your virtual computer.
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