Step 4. Launch the Instance

The next step is to launch the Cloud AMI Instance using the Security Role you just created.

1. Navigate to the EC2 Console in AWS.

2. Locate the Instances tab under Instances


3. Click the Launch instances button in the upper right corner.

4. Find the AMI Software by clicking AWS Marketplace and searching (name of Software goes here).

5. Choose the Software, then click Continue.

Photo of Software on the Marketplace goes here.

6. 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.

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

8. In the Configure Instance Details page, leave everything at the default except for the IAM role. 

9. Select the Role you made earlier.


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

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


12. Click Next: Configure Security Group.

13. Select Create a new security group and give it a name and description.

14. Remove all the rules and ports.


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.


15. 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 certain actions (SSH, etc).

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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