Using the Amazon Wizard to Launch an AMI

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    This article explains step by step how  to launch an instance on your AWS account using the Amazon wizard. for this example, we assume that you have clicked on a link for a Bitnami Wordpress AMI that you want to run and have logged into your AWS account. 

    The first screen that you will see is the following: 


    You will now need to enter some information to configure and launch the WordPress AMI. This first screen is a summary page, so click the 'continue' button. The next page will allow you to specify an availability zone and the size of the server ("instance type") that you woudl like to launch.



    For this tutorial, we will leave the default values as they are. The next page allows you to change certain advanced settings. We suggest that you leave them as-is if you are not very familiar with AWS and just click the 'continue' button.



    You can add tags to your server on the next screen, or just click 'continue'.


    In the next step, you can create a key pair. This is useful because it will allow you to connect directly to your server to make changes, upload files, etc. You can proceed without creating a key pair, or just click the 'create and download key pair' button to create a key pair in case you need it later. If you choose to do so, a new window will appear so that you can generate the key pair file and download it. More information on key pairs is available here.


    The next screen will prompt you to choose one or more of your Security Groups, if you have any already created.  To create a new Security Group, fill in the fields as shown below. At a minimum, you will need to add a rule to allow communication through port 80, so your application will be accessible on the web, and another through 3389 for RDP (used for Windows Remote Desktop.) Fill in the fields as shown below and click on 'add rule'. Then, click on the 'apply changes' link.  In some browsers, you will need to fill the fields again after clicking on the 'add rule' button. Note that on this screen, you cannot leave the Group Description field blank - you will have to enter a description.

    The next screen will show us a summary of the properties for the server/instance we are going to launch.


    You will now see a screen confirming that your server/instance is launching. Click on the link provided to view all of the instances you have running. 


    To access Wordpress, copy the URL provided in the 'Public DNS' field as shown below and paste it into your browser.

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