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Unlock the full potential of the cloud with hands-on EC2 projects

Updated: Jun 10, 2023

Here are some project ideas that you can work on to gain experience with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2):

  1. Create a web server: Create an EC2 instance, install a web server (such as Apache or Nginx), and configure it to serve a website. You can also use an Elastic IP address to associate a static IP address with your instance, and use Amazon Route 53 to map a domain name to your IP address.

  2. Set up a development environment: Create an EC2 instance, install the necessary tools and libraries for your development environment (such as Java, Python, or Node.js), and use it to develop and test your application.

  3. Create a load-balanced application: Create multiple EC2 instances, set up a load balancer (such as Elastic Load Balancer) to distribute traffic across the instances, and deploy your application on the instances.

  4. Create a database server: Create an EC2 instance, install a database server (such as MySQL or PostgreSQL), and use it to store and retrieve data for your application.

  5. Create a scalable application: Create an EC2 Auto Scaling group, set up CloudWatch alarms to automatically scale your instances based on usage metrics, and deploy your application on the instances.

  6. Use EC2 instances to host a High-performance computing workloads: Use EC2 instances with GPU, High memory or High-CPU options to run High-performance computing workloads like machine learning, video encoding, scientific simulations, etc.

  7. Create a backup and disaster recovery solution: Create a script to regularly backup your EC2 instances to Amazon S3, and set up a disaster recovery plan to quickly restore your instances in case of a failure.

  8. Create a monitoring and log management solution: Use CloudWatch to monitor your EC2 instances, and set up CloudWatch Logs to collect and analyze log data from your instances.

These projects will help you to understand the EC2 service, how to launch and manage instances, how to use different instance types, how to use load balancing and auto-scaling, and how to use EC2 in conjunction with other AWS services. How to create a web server:

Create an EC2 instance, install a web server (such as Apache or Nginx), and configure it to serve a website. You can also use an Elastic IP address to associate a static IP address with your instance, and use Amazon Route 53 to map a domain name to your IP address. Here are the step-by-step instructions for launching an EC2 instance:

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console: Go to the AWS Management Console and sign in to your account.

  2. Navigate to the EC2 Dashboard: Once you have signed in, navigate to the EC2 Dashboard by selecting "EC2" from the services menu.

  3. Click on "Launch Instance": From the EC2 Dashboard, click on the "Launch Instance" button to start the process of launching a new instance.

  4. Select an Amazon Machine Image (AMI): You will be presented with a list of available AMIs, choose an AMI that includes a web server such as Amazon Linux, Ubuntu or Windows.

  5. Choose an Instance Type: Select the type of instance that you want to launch, based on your computing and memory requirements.

  6. Configure instance details: You can configure additional options like VPC, subnet, IAM role, monitoring, and more on this page, leave the default settings if you are not sure about it.

  7. Add storage: You can add storage to your instance and configure the storage options, like adding a new volume or modifying the existing one.

  8. Add tags: You can add tags to your instance, which can be used to organize and identify your instances.

  9. Configure security group: You can configure the security group that you want to use for your instance, or create a new security group. Make sure to open the ports that are necessary for your web server to work.

  10. Launch the instance: Once you have reviewed and configured all the options, click on the "Launch" button to launch the instance.

  11. Select a key pair: Select a key pair or create a new key pair to enable you to connect to the instance using SSH or RDP.

  12. Launch the instance: Click on the "Launch Instance" button to launch your instance.

After the instance is launched, you will be able to access the instance from the EC2 Dashboard and use it to run your web server, and also you can connect to it using SSH or RDP by using the key pair you have selected.


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