This guide will take you through the steps to create a new Key and then add it to your EC2 instance. There are 3 main steps.
- Create a new Key Pair in AWS
- Generate the Public Key from the Key Pair
- Adding the Public key to your EC2 authorized_keys file
If in doubt on step 3 ask someone who is more experienced or technically advanced to perform it. Steps 1 and 2 can be done without any risks.
Step 1: Create a new Key Pair
1. Go to AWS Management Console
2. Click on EC2
- While Keys are a security function you’ll find them under EC2 and not IAM options, this is due to their usage on instances rather than users.
3. Click on Key Pairs
- This is on the left hand menu, you might need to scroll down to see the option.
4. Give the Key a descriptive name “name-of-the-key”
- If you’re working with Allcode on building a cloud service perhaps allcode-dev-key for example.
5. Click on Create key pair
- The key will be automatically downloaded to your computer.
- Keep this key safe, this is the only time it can be downloaded
Step 2: Generate the Public Key from the Private Key
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