New to EC2?  Take a look at the Getting Started Guide.

  • Launch a new EC2 instance from the AWS Management Console.  Search for ami-2abf4443 which is a Fedora 15 64bit image backed by a 10GB EBS instance.
  • On the Configure Firewall step, create a new security group and add an inbound rule for ports 80 (HTTP) and 22 (SSH).
    • Connect to your new instance using the ssh client of your choice. Note, you’ll need to use the Key Pair your generated when you launched your instance to connect. When asked for the username enter ec2-user. I use PuTTY from Windows and it was a little tricky to get connected but the Appendix: PuTTY helped.  The thing is, you need to use puttygen.exe to convert a .pem key pair file to .ppk format so that Putty can use it.
    • Install the needed software with yum.

      sudo yum install httpd mysql mysql-server php
      sudo chkconfig --levels 235 httpd on
      sudo service httpd start
      sudo chkconfig --levels 235 mysqld on
      sudo service mysqld start
    • Test apache by firing up a browser and navigating to the Public DNS name of your server listed in the EC2 instance properties.  It usually looks something like  If you get the Apache test page you are in business.