Step-by-Step Guide to Configure EC2 Instance on AWS.

Step-by-Step Guide to Configure EC2 Instance on AWS.

Configuring an EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) instance on AWS (Amazon Web Services) involves several steps. Here's a quick user guide to get you started:

  1. Sign in to AWS Console: Log in to your AWS account at

  2. Navigate to EC2 Dashboard: Once logged in, go to the EC2 dashboard. You can find it under the "Compute" section.

  3. Launch Instance: Click on the "Launch Instance" button to create a new EC2 instance.

  4. Choose AMI (Amazon Machine Image): Select an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) that best suits your requirements. AMIs are pre-configured templates for your virtual server (EC2 instance). You can choose from AWS's pre-built AMIs or use your own custom AMI.

  5. Choose Instance Type: Select the instance type based on your workload needs. Instance types vary in terms of CPU, memory, storage, and network capacity. Choose one that matches your requirements.

  6. Configure Instance Details: Specify configuration details such as the number of instances, network settings, subnet, IAM role (if applicable), etc.

  7. Add Storage: Define the storage requirements for your instance. You can attach additional EBS (Elastic Block Store) volumes if needed. Configure the size and type (SSD/HDD) of the storage.

  8. Add Tags: Optionally, add tags to your instance for easier identification and management. Tags are key-value pairs that help organize your AWS resources.

  9. Configure Security Group: Define the security group for your instance. A security group acts as a virtual firewall to control inbound and outbound traffic to your instance. Configure rules to allow access only to necessary ports and protocols.

  10. Review and Launch: Review your instance configuration and make any necessary adjustments. Once you're satisfied, click on "Launch."

  11. Create Key Pair: If you haven't already, you'll be prompted to create or select an existing key pair. This key pair is necessary to SSH into your EC2 instance securely.

  12. Launch Instance: After selecting or creating a key pair, click on "Launch Instances." This will initiate the provisioning of your EC2 instance.

  13. Accessing the Instance: Once the instance is launched, you can access it via SSH (for Linux instances) or RDP (for Windows instances) using the key pair you specified during launch.

  14. Configure the Instance: Log in to your instance and configure it according to your requirements. This may include installing software, setting up a web server, configuring databases, etc.

  15. Monitor and Manage: Finally, monitor your instance's performance using AWS CloudWatch and manage it as needed through the EC2 dashboard.

That's a basic guide to configuring an EC2 instance on AWS. Remember to terminate instances when you no longer need them to avoid unnecessary charges.