Step 3. Configure and Launch the Instance

The next step is to launch the Instance. After retrieving your License Key, return to the EC2 Console.

1. Once back in the EC2 Console, choose your Instance Type.


For the purposes of this tutorial I will be using the t2.micro, but will work with any general purpose Instance Type. If you have a special Instance Type, please contact our support team and we may be able to assist you.

2. Click Next: Configure Instance Details located in the bottom right.

3. Make sure your Subnet is reachable. If you choose a private Subnet or a Subnet where your chosen Instance Type is not supported, will not be able to function.


4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and paste your License Key into the "User data" field. Leave the rest of the Advanced Details at their default values.


5. Click Next: Add Storage. You don't have to add any addition storage besides the defaults.

6. Click Next: Add Tags. Give your Instance a simple Name tag so you can keep track of it.


7. Click Next: Configure Security Group.

8. Remove the default SSH Security Group rule.


You will be connecting to this Instance using, so there is no need to open any ports. This method also supplies maximum security. AWS may display a warning telling you that you won't be able to connect to your Instance, but will still allow you to do so.


9. Click the blue Review and Launch button. Make sure your settings are to your liking, then launch your Instance.


Make sure to download your Key Pair or use an existing one. The key's .pem file can only be downloaded once and should be saved somewhere secure, as the EC2 Instance requires it for SSH Connections. Also confirm that you have the .pem key for any Instance you are jumping to.

After a few minutes your Instance will come online and become registered to your account. You can see your Instance under the Instances tab at the EC2 Console.


Now it's time to locate your newly created Instance in

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