In order to launch the tutorial VM you need to sign up for an Amazon Web Services account here: http://aws.amazon.com
Once you have an account, sign into the AWS Management Console at this URL: http://console.aws.amazon.com. You will get a page that looks like this:
Choose the "EC2" icon under "Amazon Web Services". You will get this page:
First, make sure the “Region:” drop-down in the upper left-hand corner is set to “US West (Oregon)”.
Click on the “AMIs” link on the left side and set “Viewing:” to “All Images”, “All Platforms”, and type “Pegasus Tutorial VM” in the search box:
You will see several versions of the VM. If you don’t see any AMIs named “Pegasus Tutorial VM” you may need to click the Refresh button. We update the VM regularly, so your search results will not match the picture above.
Check the check box next to the latest Pegasus Tutorial VM and click the “Launch” button. The "Request Instances Wizard" will pop up:
In the first step of the Request Instances Wizard choose the “Large” instance type and click “Continue”:
Don’t change anything on the “Advanced Instance Options” step and click “Continue”:
On the “Storage Device Configuration” step make sure “Delete on Termination” is set to "true", then click “Continue”:
On the next step type “Pegasus Tutorial” into the “Value” field and click “Continue”:
On the next page choose one of your existing key pairs and click “Continue”. If you don’t have an existing key pair you can also choose “Proceed without a Key Pair” (you will log in with a username/password).
On the next page choose “Create a new Security Group”. Name the security group “Pegasus Tutorial” and give it a description. Create an inbound TCP rule to allow connections on port 22 (SSH) from source 0.0.0.0/0 and click "Add Rule". This rule allows you to SSH into your EC2 instance. Create another TCP rule to allow connections on port 5000 from source 0.0.0.0/0 and click "Add Rule" again. This rule is for the Pegasus Dashboard web interface. Then click “Continue”.
Note that you will only need to create this security group once. If you launch the Pegasus Tutorial VM again the security group should appear in the list of existing security groups.
On the last step of the wizard validate your selections and click “Launch”.
Finally, navigate to the “Instances” section and check the checkbox next to the “Pegasus Tutorial” instance. Copy the DNS name to the clipboard. In this example the name is: ec2-50-112-45-59.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com. Yours will almost surely be different.
At this point your VM will take a few minutes to boot. Wait until the “Status Checks” column reads: “2/2 checks passed” before continuing. You may need to click the Refresh button.
Log into the VM using SSH. The username is ‘tutorial’ and the password is ‘pegasus’.
On UNIX machines such as Linux or Mac OS X you can log in via SSH by opening a terminal and typing:
$ ssh firstname.lastname@example.org The authenticity of host 'ec2-50-112-45-59.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com (126.96.36.199)' can't be established. RSA key fingerprint is 56:b0:11:ba:8f:98:ba:dd:75:f6:3c:09:ef:b9:2a:ac. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes [tutorial@localhost ~]$
where “ec2-50-112-45-59.us-west-2.compute.amazonaws.com” is the DNS name of your VM that you copied from the AWS Management Console.
If you are on Windows you will need to install an SSH client. You can download the PuTTY SSH client and find documentation for how to configure it here: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty
When you are finished with the tutorial, make sure you terminate the VM. If you forget to do this you will be charged for all of the hours that the VM runs.
To terminate the VM click on “Instances” link on the left side of the AWS Management Console, check the box next to the “Pegasus Tutorial” VM, and click “Instance Actions”-->“Terminate”:
Then click "Yes, terminate":