e. Launch the EC2 Dashboard

  1. In the AWS Management Console search bar, type EC2.
  2. Choose EC2 to open the EC2 Dashboard.

Although instances are generally launched through scripts, they can also be launched directly from the EC2 Dashboard.

Spend a few minutes familiarizing yourself with the layout of the dashboard:

  • Left pane: Tools and features, such as the saved Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), storage volumes, and ssh keys (Key Pairs).
  • Center: Resource listings and the ability to launch an instance.
  • Right pane: General information, such as documentation and pricing.

AWS Management Console