Configure an EC2 Instance Behavior in AWS Cloud

Instances are the backbone of AWS. They are the building blocks that can be configured to enable the most common needs.

In the AWS Cloud, Amazon EC2 offers scalable processing power. Utilizing EC2 instances allows you to deploy apps more quickly by removing the requirement to make an upfront hardware investment. You can scale up or down to manage requirements changes and lessen the need to estimate traffic.

Features of Amazon EC2

The following are some of the features of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

  • Using key pairs, protect the login information for instances.
  • For your instances, referred to as Instance Types, various memory, CPU, storage, and networking configurations are available.
  • Storage volumes for the temporary data are removed when you hibernate, stop or terminate an Instance Store Volumes.
  • Regions and availability zones are groups of physical locations for resources like Amazon EBS volumes and instances.
  • Amazon EBS volumes are AWS Elastic Block Store (EBS)-based persistent storage volumes for data.
  • A firewall allows you to set ports, ports, and secure IP ranges accessing your instances using Security Groups.

Configuring Instance Behavior

By pointing to user data in your instance setup, you can opportunistically instruct EC2 to run commands on your instance as it boots (this is sometimes known as bootstrapping). You can recommend script files to bring your instance to any desired state by specifying the data during the console configuration procedure or using the -user-data setting with the AWS CLI. User data can be a complicated script configuring the instance as a functioning node inside a Puppet Enterprise-driven platform. It can also be a few straightforward commands to install a web server and populate its web root.

1.Resources And Tags

You can generate and use a variety of resources on Amazon EC2

The more resources you deploy on your AWS account, the more challenging it may be to maintain adequate records. It might be challenging to manage two or three VPCs while fluctuating the number of EC2 instances, along with the associated storage volumes, security groups, and elastic IP addresses. 

Finding a technique to quickly identify each resource you use by its function and connections to other resources is the best way to keep the chaos under control.

Examples of these resources include snapshots, volumes, instances, and images. 

Resources can be tagged with values that you define to assist in organizing and locating them.

  1. Instance Pricing

Utilizing the AWS Free Tier, you can start using Amazon EC2 without paying anything when you join up for AWS. You typically pay for each hour your instance runs through the on-demand approach for always-on deployments that you anticipate lasting for less than 12 months. Since you can tightly manage how much you pay by stopping and starting your instances as needed, on-demand is the most flexible approach to using EC2 resources.

Visit Amazon EC2 pricing for a comprehensive list of costs and prices.

The following buying options for instances are available through Amazon EC2:

On-Demand Instances

Without any long-term commitments or upfront payments, you only pay for the instances you use at a rate of one cent per second for a minimum of 60 seconds.

Reserved Instances

By committing to a certain instance configuration, including instance type and Region, for 1 or 3 years, you can lower your Amazon EC2 charges.

Spot Instances

Requesting unused EC2 instances can dramatically lower your Amazon EC2 prices.

Savings Schemes

By committing to a consistent quantity of consumption, expressed in USD per hour, for 1 or 3 years, you can lower your Amazon EC2 charges.

  1. Instance Lifecycle

A running EC2 instance’s state can be controlled in various ways. The instance will be shut down upon termination, and its resources will be transferred to the main AWS pool.

You can save money by simply halting your instance and restarting it when it is required again if it won’t be needed for a while, but you don’t want to terminate it. Although it wouldn’t be the case for an instance volume in this scenario, the data on an EBS volume won’t be lost.

You should be aware that a restarted instance of a stopped instance that had been utilizing a non-persistent public IP address will probably be given a different address. Allocate an elastic IP address and link it to your instance if you require a dependable IP address that can withstand restarts. To update access policies, you can edit or modify an instance’s security group at any time—even while the instance is operating, as I’ll cover a little later in this chapter. Additionally, you can alter the instance type to modify the amount of computing, memory, and storage available.


When you’re configuring an Instance Behavior, you have a few options to choose from. The attributes specify the instance behavior’s properties and can then be used in code to create dynamic instances.

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