AWS Getting Started

Definition: Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform provided by Web services are sometimes called cloud services or remote computing services. The first AWS offerings were launched in 2006 to provide online services for websites and client-side applications.

The question that I get asked most of the time is “How do I get started with AWS?” That’s fairly simple, or at least was simple back in 2007 when there were three core services unlike now where there are over 60, Jumping in can be a scary but well worth it But back to the original question how to get started.

Before you go and get an account have a read over Amazon’s shared responsibility model (SRM) Not only does this outline what aspects of security Amazon and you are responsible for, but will also give you a little bit of a better footing for the AWS SA exam if you want to take it. The below is an output from Amazon on the SRM

Some of the best resources you can get for setting up with AWS are websites like acloudguru and Udemy, Yes you have to pay for them but its worth it. It’s also worth looking at Amazon directly, they provide a series of 10 minute tutorials that show you how to common and useful tasks using a free tier account. Once you feel you know some of the services, start to look at the AWS white papers and documentation here AWS Documentation. Also be sure to check out what you can get with free tier account here .

Getting started in AWS doesn’t take that much time at all, If you really wanted to you can have an AWS account setup in about 5 minutes and then your first instance ready to go straight after that here’s how:

1.Launch a web browser and go to

Over the last couple of days I’ve noticed that the wording for existing users and new users is missing. If this is the case then select the top check button.

You will be prompted to either sign in with a username and password, or sign up as a new user., At this point, make sure you have a couple of things with you: an email address, billing address and payment details (but you won’t be charged).


2. Fill out the contact information page. This is just a standard form which should not cause you any problems.

3. Once you have filled out the contact information you will need to move on to the payment details. This again shouldn’t be too taxing and you won’t be charged for using AWS unless you go over your free tier usage which I will cover below.


4. Identify verification is again more than simple to fill out. Verification is done by an automated call to the nominated number of choice

5 .The next option here is to select the support package. Because we are on free tier, the type should be basic which includes well umm not much at all. But there are vast amounts of information and tutorials are the internet, so for the free tier you shouldn’t need more than the basic plan.


6.Once you click continue you will then be on the confirmation page. This is just to review all items that have been selected and agree to Amazon’s T&C. If you are happy then click complete and you will be ready to go.

As mentioned thought out the account setup this is a free tier account but you can actually go over the free tier if you do not take notice of when AWS tells you it’s not free. Below is where you select the instance type. AWS will tell you if it’s eligible for free tier.

Thank you for reading and please keep up the support.

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