Amazon Web Services (AWS)

About AWS

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Educate is an educational program designed to encourage learning about cloud computing systems and services by making it easier for faculty to have students experiment with AWS in their classes.
The key components of the program are:

  1. Free credits to use web services for class projects or academic research
  2. Self-training materials and a shared Educators' Collaboration Portal of educational resources

The CaTS HelpDesk can NOT help you signup with Amazon Web services.  Support for AWS Educate and Amazon Web Services is provided via Amazon's self-service learning tools and support options.  If you need additional support please contact the faculty member of the class using AWS or matthew.kijowski@wright.edu

Wright State University’s registration in the AWS Educate program means that if you are using AWS in your class or for an academic project, you will be eligible for free credits towards the various AWS products.
It is important to be aware, however, that you must create and manage your own personal AWS account in order to use the services.   Amounts used beyond the free credits will be charged to the payment information you give Amazon upon sign-up.  AWS Services provided as a part of a class will automatically shut down to prevent unwanted charges, please be careful using AWS services not provided to you as a part of your class.

As of Spring, 2017, AWS Educate now offers the AWS Educate Starter Account that can be set up without the use of a credit card.  If you intend to use the AWS Educate Starter Account, skip the next step (Create an account on Amazon Web Services) and go to the Applying for an Account with AWS Educate step.



 

Create an account on Amazon Web Services

If you would prefer to use a regular AWS account (and you have a credit card), follow these instructions to create an account on AWS

  1. Open a web browser and go to the AWS main page:  https://aws.amazon.com/
    Step 1 image for creating AWS account
  2. Click on the Sign In to the Console button
    Step 2 image for creating AWS account
  3. Click Create a new AWS account button
    Step 3 image for creating AWS account
  4. Type in your Wright state e-mail address and click on the “I am a New User” button. Then click the Sign In button.
  5. Fill in the appropriate Login Credentials information and then click on Create Account.
    Step 5 image for creating AWS account
  6. Fill in the rest of your personal contact information, fill in the Security Check code and then click Create Account and Continue button
  7. Fill in your credit card or debit card information. Even if you use the free tier services, you will still need to put in a credit card or debit card information. Once completed, click the Continue button.
  8. Type in a telephone number where you can be reached right now and click the Call Me Now button
  9. AWS will call your phone and a 4-digit PIN will be displayed on the screen. Answer the phone and when prompted, enter the PIN number on your telephone keypad. Once this is done the screen will change to “Identity Verification Complete”
  10. Click the Continue to select your Support Plan button.
  11. Select Basic (Free) and then click the Continue button.
  12. This completes the AWS Account registration. Click on the button to Sign in to the Console
  13. The AWS Console will appear as shown below.
  14. You may need to change your default region from Oregon (US West) to N. Virginia (US East). Note that prices for some services are different when delivered to certain regions.
  15. Pull down your account menu (click on your name in the upper right corner) and then select “My Account”
  16. Make a note of your Account id. You will need this for the next set of steps when applying for an AWS Educate account.

Applying for AWS Educate credits

Now that you have an AWS account set up (or you intend to use the AWS Educate Starter Account), you can apply for an AWS Educate account.

  1. Visit the AWS Educate site: http://aws.amazon.com/education/awseducate/
    Step 1 image for Applying AWS Credit
  2. Click on the Join AWS Educate Today button.
    Step 2 image for Applying AWS Credit
  3. Click on the link for Apply for AWS Educate for Students.
  4. Select your role as Student and click Next.
  5. Fill in the application information. For “E-mail” use your College e-mail (not personal e-mail).
    1. If you already have an Amazon Web Services account, select the radio button for:
      1. Click here to enter an AWS Account Id (approved students are sent a welcome email with benefits including an AWS promotional code.)
    2. Type in your AWS Account ID.
      1. If you do not have an AWS account yet and wish to use the AWS Educate Starter Account, select that radio button: Click here to select an AWS Educate Starter Account
      2. Note: An AWS Educate Starter Account is a free, capped-account that doesn’t require a credit card. There are some usage limitations, including an approximately 25% reduction in access to AWS services. Because Starter Accounts are capped, a separate AWS promotional code is not provided. See FAQs for details.
    3. For the Grade Level section, highlight the most appropriate grade level designation for you and click the right arrow button to add it to the selected list. You can add more than one if necessary.
    4. Click the Next button when done.
      Step 5 image for Applying AWS Credit
  6. Once you click the Next button, an e-mail will be sent to your campus e-mail address with a verification code. Type in the verification code and then click Next.
  7. Finally, check the box to accept the Terms and Conditions and then click Submit button.
  8. After Amazon reviews and approves your application, they will send an e-mail to your campus e-mail address. This e-mail will include an AWS credit code that can be applied to the AWS account. If you have selected the AWS Educate Starter Account, an e-mail will be sent to your campus e-mail address with instructions on how to set up the AWS account. 

Redeeming the AWS Credit Code

After the AWS Educate application is approved, AWS (support@awseducate.com) will send a confirmation e-mail to the student’s Campus e-mail account. In that welcome message, they will include an AWS Credit Code.

  1. Return to the AWS Console (or log back in at aws.amazon.com)
  2. Pull down the menu on your account name (upper right corner) and select My Billing Dashboard
    Step 2 image for redeeming AWS credti
  3. Click the Credits item on the left side of the page:
    Step 3 image for redeeming AWS credit
  4. Type in (or paste in) the Promo code supplied with your AWS Educate welcome e-mail. Fill in the Security Check and then click the Redeem button.
  5. Any charges accrued to your AWS account will first be paid off by the Credit. After that is depleted, your credit card will then be charged.

AWS Starter account guide

Important Notice

When you create a key pair your web browser will then download the private key for it.  DO NOT DELETE THIS FILE.  There is no way to retrieve the private key.  Keep this file private, do not share it with others.  This is the key you will need to SSH into any instances you create on AWS and if you lose it you will not be able to get back into your AWS instances.  Please back this key up in a secure place.

Sign in here:  https://www.awseducate.com/signin/SiteLogin
Username is your campus email:  lastname.123@wright.edu
Password is the password you created initially via the AWS Educate Starter account email.

Click on AWS Account in the top right (near logout). 

AWS account page

Click on Go to your AWS Educate Starter Account which will open in a new tab

Step 2 AWS Starter account

This brings up the main Educate Starter Account console.  If this is your first time here click the green Start Lab button and wait a minute for your AWS console to become ready.  To access AWS click on the gold Open Console button.  Do not click END LAB button until you are finished with the course.  The END LAB button will delete your starter AWS account and all associated instances in AWS.  This should not be done until you are finished with the lab.

step 3 AWS Starter account guide

Once you click on the Open Console button it will open up the standard AWS interface.

step 4 AWS starter account guide

The first thing to do from here is create a SSH keypair.  To do this click on Services then EC2

Step 5 AWS Starter account

Scroll down on the left and click on Key Pairs

Step 6 AWS Starter account

Click on Create Key Pair  and then enter your keypair name.

Step 7 ASW Starter Account

Step 8 AWS Starter Account

Your web browser will then download the private key for this key pair.  DO NOT DELETE THIS FILE.  There is no way to retrieve the private key.  Keep this file private, do not share it with others.  This is the key you will need to SSH into any instances you create on AWS and if you lose it you will not be able to get back into your AWS instances.  Please back this key up in a secure place.

 

You are now ready to use AWS in your class