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Creating and Interacting with a Lightsail Instance

In this learning activity, we will use Amazon Lightsail to create a simple Linux instance. The goal for this activity is to gain experience with: * The basic components of Lightsail * Creating SSH keys to connect to Lightsail * Creating a Lightsail instance * Instance monitoring basics * Basic instance operations (Start, Stop, Restart) * Deleting instances An understanding of these objectives is essential for intermediate-level tasks in Lightsail.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Jan 28, 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create an Amazon Lightsail instance.

    Create an SSH Key for the Learning Activity.

    1. Name the key LightsailDemo.
    2. Download the SSH key.

    Create a Lightsail Instance in us-east-1.

    1. Choose the OS Only blueprint option.
    2. Select Amazon Linux.
    3. Use the 512 MB instance plan.
    4. Name the instance.
  2. Challenge

    Interact with the instance via the management console.

    1. Locate the following in the management console:
      • Storage
      • Metrics
      • Networking
      • Snapshots
      • Tags
      • History
      • Delete
    2. Locate your instance privateIP and publicIP.
    3. Review how the publicIP and privateIP react to the following instance operations:
      • Stop your instance.
      • Start your instance.
      • Restart your instance.
  3. Challenge

    Connect to the instance using SSH and delete the instance.

    Note: If you're using Windows, follow steps 1-5. If you're not using Windows, skip to step 3.

    1. Review the following page of the Amazon Lightsail docs: (Optional)
    2. Download and install PuTTY if required. (Optional)
    3. Connect to your instance using the web SSH client.
    4. Connect to your instance using a full SSH client on your local workstation.
    5. Delete your instance.

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