Getting started with Amazon EC2


  • Go to, log in, then “EC2” (upper left);
  • Select “Launch instance”;
  • Select “Ubuntu 14.04” from the list;
  • Select “m3.xlarge” from the list (towards bottom of “General purpose”);
  • Click “Review and launch”
  • Select “Launch”;
  • If your first time through, create a key pair; otherwise select existing;
  • Click “launch instance”

A final checklist:

  • You have a green EC2 instance!
  • You used ubuntu 14.04;
  • You didn’t start a micro instance (m3.xlarge, or bigger);

Amazon Web Services reference material

Instance types

Instance costs

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