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What I did:

  1. I had an old instance that I no longed needed so I terminated it.
  2. Created new RHEL-6.4 micro instance.
  3. Created new .pem file from "Key Pairs" section, downloaded and chmoded it to 400.
  4. Run the following command from my terminal "ssh -i FILE_NAME.pem ec2-user@ec2-xx-xxx-xxx-xx.compute-1.amazonaws.com"

and I get the following error message:

Permission denied (publickey,gssapi-keyex,gssapi-with-mic).

Any ideas what am I doing wrong?

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Key pairs need to be associated with the instance when you create it. Adding a key pair doesn't add it to existing instances.

Essentially, you need to reverse steps 2 and 3 and launch the new RHEL instance with the key pair you made.

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