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Key Pairs

Key Pairs

Hello Everyone

Welcome to CloudAffaire and this is Debjeet

In the last blog post, we have discussed how to create a Placement Group and place instances under it.

In this blog post, we are going to discuss Key Pairs and create a new Key Pair.

Key Pairs

Amazon EC2 uses public–key cryptography to encrypt and decrypt login information. Public–key cryptography uses a public key to encrypt a piece of data, such as a password, then the recipient uses the private key to decrypt the data. The public and private keys are known as a key pair.

When we create a key pair, AWS provides you the private key and keeps the public key. To log in to your instance, you must create a key pair, specify the name of the key pair when you launch the instance and provide the private key when you connect to the instance.

On a Linux instance, the public key content is placed in an entry within ~/.ssh/authorized_keys. This is done at boot time and enables you to securely access your instance using the private key instead of a password.

On a Windows instance, you use the private key to obtain the administrator password and then log in using RDP.

Create a Key Pairs

Below is the prerequisite for this demo

One active AWS account

Step 1: Login to AWS console and click ‘EC2’ under compute

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Step 2: Navigate to ‘Key Pairs’ located under NETWORK & SECURITY and click ‘Create Key Pair’

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Step 3: Provide a name and click ‘Create’

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Private Key will be downloaded once you click ‘Create’. Please store it to a safe location as without the private key you will not be able to connect to your instance.

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Our Key Pair has been successfully created. We can choose this new key pair during instance launch.

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Hope you have enjoyed this blog post. In the next blog, we are going to discuss network interfaces.


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