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In this lecture, we are going to create an EC2 instance in AWS.

So I have logged into the Dashboard and what I am going to do is click on Services and under Compute click on EC2.

Here I can see I have 0 Running Instances, 0 Dedicated Hosts, and you’ll notice I have 2 Key Pairs, and 2 Security Groups. You are not going to have all these they all will say 0. Just ignore those values just because I’ve created a couple of VMs before under this account but don’t worry about any of that.

What you are going to do is click either Running Instances or we could choose Instances from the left menu pane.

And here is an instance where you can see that I have terminated. So, you are going to see nothing in the results more than likely unless you created an Instance before.

What you are going to do now is click this Launch Instance blue button and we are going to make a new instance.

Here we have QuickStart, My AMIs, AWS Marketplace, and Community AMIs. What we are going to do is click on QuickStart and on the search box we're going to search for Windows and press Enter.

Here we can see all types of AMIs, which are Amazon Machine Images, and these are just to help us get up and running really fast with AWS.

Here we can choose Server 2012 R2 Base or just 2012, we have 2008 and all the way back to 2003. We also have Servers with Containers, Servers with SQL Server installed. These are just setups so we can just click the Select button and get a new server set up in a matter of minutes, and it is really fast and it is really nice.

What we are going to do is just choose Windows Server 2016.

Another thing I’d like to point out is that we backspace and delete Windows from the search results and press Enter we can also choose Linux.

There’s Amazon Linux, RedHat, Ubuntu Server, Deep Learning AMIs, all kinds of stuff we can choose.

But we will just type Windows Server and press Enter we will choose from the results Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Base. Now I am going to click Select.

Here we need to choose the Instance Type. We are going to choose the default which is the Free Tier. That is 1 CPU, 1 GB of Ram, and Network Performance is Low to Moderate. You can choose larger if you’d like but I just don’t want to overkill it and we don’t want to get charged so we are just going to go for the cheapest and that is this General Purpose t2.micro.

We can click Review and Launch but we need to do more so we are going to click Next: Configure Instance Details.

First, we are going to choose only 1 instance in the Number of Instances so we don’t want to change that number. We don’t want to Request Spot Instances. What we want to do is leave all these settings at default and we are going to click Next.

If we have different networks and different subnets we could choose those options. For example, if we had a Staging subnet, a Production, a Test, and all of that, we are just going to leave all the settings at default since we don’t have any of that.

Click the Next: Add Storage button.

Here in Add Storage remember that Free Tier allows customers to use up to 30 GB.

If I want to have more than 1 VM, if I want to have 3 then I’ll need to divide this number by 3 so that would be 10 GB each.

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