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Drupal in the Cloud, Part 2C: Give your AWS Instance a Public IP

This part is fairly simple. If you are using AWS, your server does not get a public IP by default. This means that from the internet, your server is only accessible by that public DNS name when it is first launched.

However, it's fairly straightforward to give it a public IP using Amazon's Elastic IP service.

  • From the EC2 Navigation, select Elastic IP on the left-hand side
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Drupal in the Cloud, Part 2B - Connecting to your AWS Instance

If you're using Linux or a Mac, this will be super easy. If you've got Windows it will be slightly harder. But only slightly.

Connecting to your Instance with Linux or a Mac

  • From the EC2 Console, locate your instance.
  • Select your instance and scroll down on the info page until you get to the Public DNS. Save this for later.
  • Open a terminal session and go to the folder that you saved the Key Pair in. Using the Public DNS address and your Key Pair name, type the following to connect to your AWS Instance:

    ssh -v -v -i *****.pem ubuntu@ec2-XX-XX-XX-XX.us-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com

Connecting to your AWS Instance with Windows

  • From the EC2 Console, locate your instance.
  • Select your instance and scroll down on the info page until you get to the Public DNS. Save this for later.
  • Download PuTTY from here. You will need both PuTTY and PuTTYGen, but if you do the full Windows installer you'll get them both.

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