How to Create A Linux Server in Amazon Web Service

How to Create A Linux Server in Amazon Web Service

Hello guys, Tushar here. I received lots of comments and emails about Amazone AWS. Few readers of our website asked me to write about how to create a linux server in amazon web service. We already covered how to create Windows RDP Server in our previous posts. In this article, I will guide you how to create an EC2 Instance (Amazon use EC2 as a name for VPS) with Ubuntu 16.04 operating system.


  1. Fully activated/verified Amazon AWS account.
  2. PuTTY or any other SSH client.
  3. A cup of coffee.

Step 1 : Prepare your account

Login in into your existing Amazon AWS account. If you do not have Amazon AWS account, you can get it by joining Amazon AWS free tier. For more information please read our Amazon AWS free tier post.

After successful login, you will see a page like this. This page is known as AWS Management console

AWS After Login Page

Step 2 : Select your VPS server location

In Amazon AWS you can launch a server in any of the fourteen locations. You should always launch a server in your targeted audience location. For example, If your website is for US visitors, you should launch the server in US East or US West regions. You can select the location from Upper Right corner of AWS console.

AWS Locations

Step 3 : Go to EC2 Dashboard

Now we know that Amazon call VPS as a EC2 Instance. But what is mean by EC2?

EC2 stands for Elastic Compute Cloud. A virtual machine which is highly scalable in nature. Scalable means you can change the machine size anytime as per your requirements.

Click on services >> EC2 from upper left corner of AWS management console


This is EC2 Dashboard

EC2 Dashboard

Step 4 : Create our First VPS

Click on the Launch Instance button. AWS will display you a Wizard to create your EC2 Instance. By following this wizard you can create your server easily.

Step 4.1 : Choose an Operating System

You need to select an Operating System for your VPS. Amazon has tons of OS images known as AMI (Amazon Machine Image). In this tutorial, I will select Ubuntu 16.04 64bit OS.

EC2 Image Selection

Step 4.2 : Choose a Server Type

You need to choose your server specification on this page. Select the server type as per your requirement. Please see the the AWS EC2 Pricing before you select any server type. For this tutorial I will select “t2.micro” instance. Then click on the Next: Configure Instance Details button.

EC2 Instance Selection

Step 4.3 : Configure Instance Details

This part of wizard contains some additional advanced configuration options. We leave these options as default. Just make sure “Auto-assign Public IP” option is enabled. Then click on Next: Add Storage button.

EC2 Configure Instance

Step 4.4 : Add Storage

Now we need to add SSD storage space into our server. There is no limit for the SSD space. I recommend to choose minimum 20GB SSD space if you want to use this server for hosting website. Then click Next button.

EC2 Storage

Step 4.5 : Add Tags

We will add “Name” key and set “” as a value. It will set as a name for our EC2 server. This is completely optional step you can skip this step and click on Next button, but I recommend you set name for server to recognize the server easily.

EC2 Tags

Step 4.6 : Configure Security Group

Security Group is important part of EC2 instance. Security Group is like a firewall. You need to specify which ports you want to open and which ports you want to block. By default only SSH (22) port is enabled. But for website hosting we must enable HTTP (80) and HTTPS (443) ports. AWS will also allow you to enable all ports by selecting “All Traffic”. But I recommend not to use that option, it may cause security problems. Also you can open additional ports as per your requirement like FTP, SMTP, IMAP. Select “Anywhere” from Source list for each port. Then click on Next button.

Note: You can set any name for security group. It does not matter.

EC2 Security Group

Step 4.7 : Review Instance Launch

The last step of our Launch Instance wizard. Just make sure you have every option is configured as per your requirement. Then click on Launch button.

EC2 Launch Review

Now you will see a pop-up box for SSH key. SSH key is a file which is used to connect to server. Select “Create a new key pair” option Then set a name for your key and then download key file.

Save this file in safe place. You will need it every-time you want to connect to your EC2 server. Now click “Launch instance” button.

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