Thursday 18 April 2019

How To Set Up Your First Instance With Amazon Lightsail

Amazon Web Services (AWS) launched a new service called Amazon Lightsail in 2016. Amazon Lightsail is a flat-rate, low-cost computing solution with easy setup and it has low maintenance. In the server hosting world, these systems are known as VPS i.e Virtual Private Servers.

AWS Lightsail VPS is a scaled-down version of its Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service. For production workloads, EC2 instances require a range of fine-tuning like selecting the right Amazon Machine Image (AMI), placement in a virtual private cloud (VPC), assigning security groups, configuring network interfaces, and so on.

Amazon Lightsail instances don’t need any of these. This ease of set up and operation means that Lightsail instances don’t need to be maintained by dedicated server teams. They are classical for developers, devotee, and small teams.

Step 1 : Sign-Up For AWS
To launch your first lightsail instance you requires an AWS account. Sign up for AWS, or Sign in to AWS if you already have an account.

Step 2 : After Login In AWS Management Console, Select Amazon Lightsail
Amazon Lightsail is a low cost VPS(virtual private server) service launched by Amazon Web Services(AWS). Launching an instance become very easy for non-technical people. With Lightsail you can launch a virtual machine preconfigured with SSD-based storage, DNS management, and a static IP address with a few simple clicks.

Step 3 : Click On The Create Instance Button

Step 4 : Choose The AWS Region And Availability Zone For Your Instance

Step 5 : Choose Your Platform And OS Which You Want To Install For Instance

Step 6 : Create New SSH Key
If you don't choose to use the default key, you can create a new key pair at the time you create your Lightsail instance.

  1. If you haven't done it yet, choose Create instance.
  2. On the Create an instance page, choose change SSH key pair.
  3. Choose Create new.
  4. Lightsail displays the region where we're creating the new key.

Step 6 : Choose An Instance Plan
A plan includes a low, predictable cost, machine configuration (RAM, SSD, vCPU), and data transfer allowance. You can try the $3.50 USD Lightsail plan without charge for one month (up to 750 hours). AWS credits one free month to your account.

Step 7 : Identify Your Instance
You can rename your instance to something more appropriate, and at last click on create.

Step 8 : Create A Lightsail Static IP Address And Attach It To Your Instance
The default public IP for your Lightsail instance changes if you stop and start the instance. A static IP address, attached to an instance, stays the same even if you stop and start your instance.

Create a static IP address and attach it to your Lightsail instance.

With reference to this article, you must be able to launch your first Lightsail instance. If you have any queries then write us at

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