In this article, we'll discuss how to create a new Amazon Machine Instance (AMI) using the Amazon Web Services Portal.
- https://console.aws.amazon.com > All services > Compute > EC2 > Running Instances
- https://console.aws.amazon.com/ec2 > Running Instances
Creating an instance from an AMI
From the EC2 dashboard > Images > AMIs
Select the AMI that's the basis of this instance:
Tip: If the SDL-provided AMI isn't visible, the filter may be set to "Owned by me". Change it to Private images.
From the Actions menu, select "Launch"
Select the m4.large instance type for a typical sandbox or m4.xlarge for an actual demo server.
To continue, click "Next: Configure Instance Details"
Tip: You can always change these settings in the instance even after it's been created.
Accept the default settings by clicking "Next: Add Storage"
Tip: Auto-assign Public IP means the IP will be dynamically assigned. For static IP addresses, you'll want to use Elastic IP's which are assigned elsewhere.
Accept the default settings by clicking "Next: Add Tags"
Create, at minimum, a tag called Name (case-sensitive) with a reasonable description of the purpose of the server.
Example: Tridion Docs 14SP1 NCCI 2020-03-03 (AMI 1.5)
This appears in the Name column of the machine display. Consider other tags, like Owner, etc.
Tags should be more specific for dedicated testing machines.
Once all tags are added, click "Next: Configure Security Group"
Select the Tridion Docs 14SP1 Demo security group or create a new one if needed. This includes the standard settings we will use for our instance. Click "Review and Launch" to continue.
You can review all aspects of the proposed instance here before clicking Launch. Please note that clicking launch will start the instance, and will generate a cost for running the virtual machine.
Our AMIs have user ID & password credentials, so while the key pair is a solid extra layer, it should generally be safe enough for us to use basic credentials. Choose to "Proceed without a key pair"
On the following dialog, select the acknowledgement checkbox and click "Launch Instances" to finalize and run your configured instance.
Click either the instance ID, starting with "i-" followed by a number/letter string (in the green area) or the View Instances button to view your new instance.
The Instances window (more fully explained below) appears. While your new instance is getting ready, you'll see Initializing in the Status Checks column.
Select the instance using the square box at the left end to view full details in the bottom pane.