I dont even know if that question makes sense. But I am completely 100% new at this and I need some assistance. I am trying to create an instance on amazon so I can connect to it and add files with ssh and so on.

Now Ive followed the guidelines and I have created my instance. However, when I am reading the directions on how to remote into it, it refers to a private key file that apparently has password information or something (with a .pem it says). Ive scanned the tutorials, google, I feel like ive clicked every tab and link on the amazon console and I can still not find this file. All the documentation says is "I created the file when I launched the instance."

So purely on an amazon standpoint, where is this file? It is on amazon? ssh? some registry? I have no clue. This is a bottom shelf question so I apologize if its not clear. Thanks in advance!!


you should have the file on your local computer. while creating a new instance, one of the steps of the wizard, is to create a keypair, and download the corresponding .pem file. maybe you didnt click the download key link? seeing this is your first attempt, i would guess you havent done any work with your instance yet, so terminate it, and start again.

hope this helps

  • thanks a ton man. I have no idea how I missed that.
    – javasocute
    Mar 3 '12 at 17:42
  • One more thing, if you somehow lost the key, you can't download it again. So create another one from the Console and download the new one. Mar 13 '12 at 22:46

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