Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) is a virtual machine at AWS.
AWS provide a number of tutorials for working with EC2. The following is a good place to start:
- The EC2 launches with an SSH key. Be sure that you have the matching key, which you’ll need as a PPK file. The keys are on dropbox at \\Dropbox\MagnumBI\Support It\Environments\<account>\Keys\ . Instructions for making a PK from the PEM that AWS provides are on the AWS website. Several of our accounts have several keys, which out of necessity have somewhat similar names. Double check.
- Several of OptimalBI’s AWS accounts have multiple VPCs. Make a note of which VPC you would like to use. Generally, only one of these VPCs has a bastion host configured. You should use the VPC with the bastion host unless you have good reason to do otherwise.
- OptimalBI’s VPC have several subnets. Use either private-apps subnet unless you have good reason to do otherwise. If you do use “private-apps” then the NAT will need to be running. Start the NAT from instances under EC2 in the AWS console.
- Check to see if there is a security group with the permissions that you need before starting the EC2 launch wizard. If there is such a group, reuse it. Otherwise create a group with the appropriate permissions before you starting the EC2 launch wizard.
- If you are trying out new software, use the smallest sized instance unless you know you need more. A t2.micro will be able to start any database or Java EE application.
- Tag your instance with:
- “Responsible” and your name.