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So what if you've been used to dedicated servers or VPS and you're making the move to AWS (Amazon Web Services) which is basically Cloud Computing. What a lot of people do is sign up for the AWS Free Tier which basically means you can play around, learn and not pay anything for a year. Sounds great. So you follow a few tutorials, get your first server instance, what AWS refer to as an AMI (Amazon Machine Image) up and running under their EC2 (Elastic Cloud Computing) services and you're like "that was easy" let's go and grab a coffee. Next your day job gets in the way and it's a couple of days/weeks before you can go back to playing with AWS. So where the hell is the admin console for managing your newly created server... I mean AMI? AWS is massive and it's easy to get lost.

How Do I Manage my Servers From the AWS Management Console?

So the first challenge is to get to the AWS Management Console.

1. Click on this link to go to AWS:

2. Under "My Account" on the top right hand side, click on "AWS Managment Console".

AWS Management Console

3. Do the usual Sign in stuff

4. Note the Location of your account (highlighted with a red arrow in the image below). In my case it was Oregon. You may be lucky and it will show the EC2 service under your "Recently visited services" section. If not you'll find it below anyway. Go ahead and click on that.

EC2 Management Console AWS

5. OK so if you're lucky you'll see something that looks like the following:

AWS EC2 Console

You'll see the number of instances, how many volumes etc. Clicking in the "Running Instances" or the "INSTANCES - Instances" links both hightlighted in red take you to the same page. 

What if Your AWS EC2 Dashboard Doesn't Show Your Resources?

AWS EC2 Resources

What happens if when you go to the AWS EC2 Dashboard you don't see any resources? Well don't panic (just yet) it probably means that you're looking at the wrong location! Go to the top right where it shows your location (Oregon etc) and pull down the list. If you don't know which location you're on then just work through them systematically until you find your resources.

AWS Changing locations


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