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Implementing a MEAN App using Lightsail

Welcome to this Amazon Lightsail learning activity where we will be implementing the `MEAN` stack within a single Lightsail instance. The goal of this learning activity is to gain knowledge and experience with: * Creating a Lightsail instance, complete with a pre-installed stack. * Using a Launch Script to perform advanced configuration. * Interacting with an "on-instance" MongoDB. * Connecting to the instance to configure a MEAN based application. * Application testing and verification. Good look and enjoy the learning activity.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 1h 0m
Clock icon Jan 28, 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Build the Lightsail Instance using the MEAN Blueprint.

    • Create a Lightsail Instance, using Linux/Unix as the platform and the MEAN Apps + OS blueprint

      • Add a launch script (linked below)
      • Name the instance MEAN
      • Ensure it's created in us-east-1
      • Pick the 2 GB memory instance size
    • Connect to the instance and verify the todo-mean directory exists in the home folder.

    Launch Script for the activity

  2. Challenge

    Configure the "on-instance" MongoDB.

    • Connect to the MEAN instance using SSH.
    • Connect to the MongoDB instance as root:
    • Change to the tasks database:
    • Create a Database User called tasks with the password of tasks and the dbOwner role:

    • Exit the MongoDB shell (exit).
  3. Challenge

    Start and test the application.

    • Move into the todo-mean directory in your users folder on the instance.
    • Start the application using sudo DEBUG=app:* ./bin/www
    • Verify the application is running via a web browser at http://instancepublicIP

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