Start up your cloud server with Amazon Elastic Compute 2.
Yes ! You need to sign up for that. Keep your credit card ready.
They won’t charge you for creating account. The moment you start using their services, billing starts.
Sign up here : http://aws.amazon.com/
Before launching a instance (instance=server), go through http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/instance-types/ .
You will get to launch a free micro instance for one year. You can do all your experiments on this micro instance.
Now,to launch a micro instance follow the steps -
- Sign In with your newly created amazon account here – http://console.aws.amazon.com/
- Click on EC2. Below Picture -
Now in the top right corner before help, you can select your nearest region. For India,select Asia Pacific (Singapore) from the drop down.
- Next, click Launch Instance button visible at the center of the screen.
- From the dialog select Quick Launch Wizard radio button. In the right hand side, give a meaningful name to your instance.
- Under Choose a Key Pair, select Create New radio button. Give a name to your key and download. You must be wondering what is this key. You will be using this key to log in to your instance.# And you will get this key one time i.e at this time only while creating a new instance.If you lost this key,your instance is lost.You can no longer access your instance.
- Now Choose a Launch Configuration(operating system for your server pc) you need from the below list . Remember to select only from those which are Free tier eligible. For this tutorial, I am selecting Ubuntu Server 12.04.1 LTS 64 Bit. Go ahead,click continue.The continue button is inactive if you have forgot to download your key.
- In the next dialog, you can see your instance details as -
Type – t1.micro
Key Pair – your_key_name
Security group – default/quicklaunch-0 (can be anything,will be discussed later)
- Finally,click on Launch. You will get a new dialog with “Your instance is now launching.” message. Now close the dialog.
Voila ! Your instance has been created.
- On the right hand side, under My Resources click on 1 running instance. You can see your instance in the next page.
Further Reading – AWS EIP and Security Groups