AWS Windows Instance Set Up Step 2: Launching a Windows Instance

This video is part 2 in a series of 5 videos that show how to set up a Windows virtual machine (instance) using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and then provision it with Python and R (and some additional software) so that it can serve as a platform for doing some data science. In this video I show how to launch a Windows instance using AWS.

The video is about 20 minutes long.



  • The section of the video from time 3:57 to 4:55 is obsolete and can be ignored. This section of the video begins with a pop-up dialog that is titled “Boot from General Purpose SSD.” General purpose SSD is now the default and your virtual instance will automatically have a 30GB SSD drive. You will not be prompted as shown in the video.
  • The Actions menu which appears in the video at time 13:16 has changed. The large number of items in the old menu have been consolidated into groups in the new menu. Specifically, the Actions category of the old menu has now been changed to the Instance State menu item which leads to a sub-menu with the items Start, Stop, Reboot, and Terminate.

Video Index

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Time Topic
00:00Title Slide
00:33Navigating to AWS
00:50Loggin in to AWS
01:21Page of Links to All AWS Services
01:31Navigating to the page of AWS Sevices if already logged in
01:44EC2 link and dashboard
02:05Launch instance button
02:13List of Image Types (Amazon Machine Images)
02:30Scroll to MS Windows Server 2012 R2 Base image (Free Tier Eligible)
03:24Choose instance types
04:00Select device types (SSD 30GB)
04:57Security Issues
05:30IAM (Identity and Access Management) – Accept Defaults
06:08A Secure Connection requires a Key Pair
06:40Create a new key pair
07:52Create a folder on the local computer for the key pair
09:53Download the key pair
10:45Launch the instance
10:52Launch status – initializing
11:19Instance console
12:42Give the instance a name
13:11Action Menu (Terminate, Reboot, Stop, and Start)
13:36Select and Instance for the Action
14:53Instance state is “running”
15:08Time delay in launching an instance
15:22Save the data about an instance
18:40Instance IP and DNS Name can change on stop and start

Next Video: Step 3 — Connecting to the Instance

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