Create a new AWS Instance

1. Click Services in the top left corner
2. Click EC2

3. Click the Launch Instance button in about the middle of the page
4. Click Select next to “Amazon Linux – Free Tier eligible”
5. Make sure the blue box next to the t2.micro free eligible is selected
6. Click Next: Configure instance details
7. If this is your first instance, you’ll probably want to leave everything on the step 3 page at the defaults.
8. Click Next: Add storage
9. At step 4, also leave everything as is for now and click Next: Add Tags
10. On the step 5 page, enter a name for the server, then click Next: Configure Security Groups.
11. I will cover security groups later, so for now just click Review and Launch
12. Click Launch
13. Select create a new key pair, enter a key name then click download key pair.
remember where you save the file and make a second copy/backup somewhere safe.

14. Click Launch instances.
15. Click the View instnaces button at the bottom of the page to watch you instance build.

Creating and Assigning an Elastic IP

1. From the Network & Security group in the left window, click Elastic IPs

2. Click Allocate new address
3. Click Allocate
4. Click Close
5. Select the new address
6. From the Actions drop down button, select Associate address
7. Select the instance you want to associate with the new ip from the drop down list
8. Select the private IP from the drop down list
9. Click Associate.
10. Click close

Using Putty with a PPK Key File

Using Putty with a PPK Key File
If you have a PPK file that you need to use to connect to a server, say an AWS instance, here’s how.

  1. Enter your public DNS name in the Host name field.


2. Expand the Connection branch on the left and then select Auth.
3. Us the Browse Button to find and select your PPK file.
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4. Select the Session branch again, enter a session name, and click on save

5. To connect to the server, click Open
 
To generate a PPK file from a PEM file, see my post here.

Using PuttyKeyGen to generate a PPK file

How to use PuttyKeyGen to generate a PPK file from a PEM file.

  1. Download you PEM File from AWS
  2. Copy it to a safe location
  3. Download either the entire Putty package and install everything, or just get Putty.exe and PuttyGen.exe
    It can be downloaded from here
  4. Open PuttyGen
  5. Click file, then load private key
  6. Select all files from the drop down list
  7. Select pem file, click open
  8. Make sure ssh-2 RSA is selected.
  9. Click save private key
  10. Enter a name for the ppk file and save

How to Use AWS CLI to copy everything from your bucket

If you want to copy everything from a S3 bucket to the current directory, you can use the following command

C:temp> aws s3 cp s3://bucketname/ . --include "*" --recursive

This assumes that you have already installed and configured the the AWS CLI tools.
To install the tools, do a search for “AWS CLI tools”.
To configure them, use

C:> aws configure

You will need to know have setup an IAM account and need to know the Access key ID and the Secret access key for the account and the region code for your account. Note that the region you specify when running configure probably isn’t what you see it the top right corner of the AWS console. See the list of regions and their code here : http://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/rande.html