My first thought on doing this project was: How hard can it be? When I sat down and read the directions on EC2 For Poets, I thought that it sounded easy enough. Oh how I was mistaken.
When I first opened up Amazon AWS it requested that I put in a credit card just in case I included anything that wasn’t in the free version. How do I know if it’s in the free version or not?!? I just went along since other people had to do the same and so far, I have yet to be charged for anything. I hope that continues. When I navigated my way to the home page I noticed that things were different than what was being described to me on the tutorial. It was at this moment that I could tell that we were doing this on different versions. Now, I was on an adventure.
I sat down with my favorite cup of coffee from Thomas Hammer and decided to hammer this thing out,no pun intended… well maybe just a little. I went quickly through the steps including setting up key pairs and configuring my security settings. Then I reached the point where I was suppose to launch my server. This proved to be my most difficult part. As I read the instructions over and over, I just couldn’t seem to get what button to press or what password to enter. After a good nights sleep, I woke the next morning and all of a sudden it just clicked. I was able to launch my server and even install river2 on it to provide a news feed for my server. Here are some pictures just to show off some of my handy work…
The like to my server is ec2-52-4-80-115.compute-1.amazonaws.com.
I have a very big sense of accomplishment after completing this project because I saw it go from nothing to something in a matter of hours. It was such a sense of pride and confidence to know that I can do this stuff, all I have to do is put my mind to it. I will have to say that this is probably one of the coolest things that I have done on my computer to date. I look forward to exploring what else the vast internet has to offer me.