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I've taken a first foray into Ec2 - I expect really really low usage and have no power user requirements, and so I thought that the free instance would be ideal.

All I have done so far is bring up the instance, and yum update it. I checked the billing estimator, and it already seems to think that that I am accruing charges. it's not much, but I still feel slightly like I'm being nickel and dime'd - wondered if anyone had any guidance on keeping a free instance really 'free'

Thanks, Ace

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You fired up a micro instance, yes? Which billing estimator are you looking at? –  ceejayoz Mar 18 '13 at 22:47
    
What OS did you pick? Note that you can deploy with RHEL but it isn't free. Pick a basic Linux (LAMP) AMI and you'll be fine. –  Jay Mar 18 '13 at 22:51
    
I picked the AMI that was free tier eligable , the billing page says i'm accruing charges based on usage, but other than having logged in a few times, i haven't done anything much with it –  phatmanace Mar 19 '13 at 11:05
    
I've shut this instance down. I will try again with another one and record precisley what I do. We'll see what happens. Thanks for the responses –  phatmanace Mar 23 '13 at 9:24

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Free tier of EC2 equates to:

  • 1 Micro Linux(Acceptable OSs) and 1 Micro Windows(Running Server 2012 base).
  • You receive 15GB of data transfer out across all AWS services.
  • 1 Elastic IP per running instance and they must be bound to the instance.
  • 30GB of provisioned Elastic Block Storage
  • 2 million I/Os on those EBS devices
  • Elastic Load Balancer with 15GB of data processiong.

Also AWS Free tier information can be found here https://aws.amazon.com/free/

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What components are you being charged for?

The free tier includes enough compute time to run a micro instance and 15gb of data transfer. If you create snapshots of your machine, turn on detail monitoring, add an elastic ip, or do a number of other things, you might incur extra charges.

You can see your billing break-down here: https://portal.aws.amazon.com/gp/aws/developer/account/index.html?ie=UTF8&action=activity-summary

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