Thursday, October 25, 2012

Getting Your Feet Wet with AWS - Part 2: Connect to Amazon EC2 Instance via SSH

In Part 1 of this tutorial, we created an Amazon EC2 instance using a pre-built minimalist AMI. In other words, we created a remote virtual machine from a "disk image" with just enough of Linux operating system (plus some applications) for it to boot up and run, and for us - to be able to remotely administer it over a secure connection.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Getting Your Feet Wet with AWS - Part 1: Create Amazon EC2 Instance

Although this tutorial was written with an absolute beginner in mind, some general computer knowledge is required in order to complete it.

On a very basic level, AWS (Amazon Web Services) is fairly easy to use. However, if you are totally new to virtualization, at first, it may be somewhat confusing primarily because the documentation, although quite extensive, is, for the most part, not written for the "uninitiated".

Luckily, Amazon offers one year of AWS for free. The free offer includes: one micro instance of Amazon EC2 (Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud) and one micro instance of Amazon RDS (Amazon Relational Database Service). As the word "micro" implies, these are not computing powerhouses, but they are enough for anyone, even without advanced computer knowledge, to "poke around" and figure out the basics of how they work and how to manage them.