22 Feb 2021 - Erich N. Quintero
AWS provides a generous free tier service that should cover the costs for all the steps described in this post. The sign up process is very simple, you should be ready in no time.
Go to the AWS Management Console and sign in using your account credentials. Click on the EC2 service.
From the EC2 Dashboard, select Instances, then find the
We are going to select
Amazon Linux 2 AMI (HVM), SSD Volume Type as the
template for our instance. It is eligible for the free tier.
On step 2, we will choose
t2.micro as the Instance Type. It is small and not
very powerful but will be enough for this exercise. It is also eligible for the
We are going to use default settings on some of these steps. If you are not in a hurry, take some time to read what the defaults are and get familiar with the interface.
Step 3 is Configure Instance Details. Let’s accept defaults in this step.
Next step is Add Storage. Accept defaults as well.
Step 5: Add Tags, we will add a tag to identify our application. Use
the key and
rails-app for the value. Click on Next: Configure Security Group.
Step 6: Configure Security Group, we will expose ports 80 and 443 for HTTP and HTTPS traffic from anywhere in the internet. We will also need the SSH port open. I like to limit the SSH access to my IP only, but you can decide different as long as you understand the risks.
The last Step will be a Review, if everything looks good click on the
button. You will be prompted for a key pair to allow you to connect to this
instance. You can select an existing one or generate a new one. If this is your
first time here, your only option is to create one.
Download your newly generated key-pair and store it in a secure place. These are the keys to your instance and you won’t be able to download this again.
Click on the
Launch Instances button. Voila! You have successfully setup
your instance and your are now looking at the Launch Status page, click on the
View Instances when you are done reading here.