Create Your First Amazon EC2 Instance (Windows)

The hands-on lab is part of these learning paths

Certified Developer – Associate Certification Preparation for AWS
course-steps 27 certification 4 lab-steps 22 description 2
AWS Cloud Practitioner Certification Preparation
course-steps 10 certification 1 lab-steps 4
Fundamentals of AWS
course-steps 6 certification 3 lab-steps 6

Lab Steps

Logging in to the Amazon Web Services Console
Create a Windows EC2 instance
Retrieve the Administrator password using the Keypair
Connect to a Windows instance using a Remote Desktop connection
Get the EC2 instance metadata (Windows)
Validate Create Your First Amazon EC2 Instance (Windows)

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How to launch, configure, and access a Microsoft Windows virtual machine using AWS

Amazon EC2 is the most famous AWS service and allows you to launch different types of cloud instances and pay for them with a pay-per-use approach. With Amazon EC2 you can create new servers in a few minutes and use different images (AMI) to personalize them. AWS provides several Microsoft Windows Server AMIs that enables you to run any compatible Windows-based solution. You can use Windows-based applications, websites, and web-services written in .NET, for data processing, media transcoding, and any other task requiring Windows software.

By completing this Hands-on Lab, you will be able to launch and access your first Amazon EC2 instance running Microsoft Windows Server.


December 4th, 2018 - Added a validation Lab Step to check the work you perform in the Lab

About the Author


Antonio is an IT Manager and a software and infrastructure Engineer with 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and deploying complex webapps.

He has a deep knowledge of the IEEE Software and Systems Engineering Standards and of several programming languages (Python, PHP, Java, Scala, JS).

Antonio has also been using and designing cloud infrastructures for five years, using both public and private cloud services (Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Azure, Openstack and Vmware vSphere).

During his past working experiences, he designed and managed large web clusters, also developing a service orchestrator for providing automatic scaling, self-healing and a Disaster Recovery Strategy.

Antonio is currently the Labs Product Manager and a Senior DevOps Engineer at Cloud Academy; his main goal is providing the best learn-by-doing experience possible taking care of the Cloud Academy Labs platform.