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Guided Lab: Launching an EC2 Instance with User Data

Description

In this lab, we will explore the power of User Data- a powerful tool that automates tasks during an instance’s birth. But before we delve into that let’s focus first on what bootstrapping is and what user data has to do with it.

EC2 Bootstrapping involves configuring an EC2 instance to undergo automated installation and configuration procedures after launch but before it becomes operational. This is accomplished by providing a script through the User Data section of the Meta-data service, which is then executed by the operating system of the EC2 instance.

Prerequisites

This lab assumes you have experience creating EC2 instances and are familiar with its basic components.

If you find any gaps in your knowledge, consider taking the following labs:

  • Creating an Amazon EC2 instance (Linux)
  • Setting up a Web server on an EC2 instance

Objectives

In this lab, you will:

  • Gain hands-on experience with User Data, exploring its powerful capabilities in automating tasks during the launch of an instance and witnessing its practical application in configuring a simple web server.