Vanishree walks you through
setting up an EC2 Windows instance
that will be covered by the Free Tier


I want to launch a Windows instance, but I want to make sure that all charges related to that instance will be covered by the Free Tier. How do I do that?

750 cumulative hours of usage and 30 GB-months of storage per month is covered under the Free Tier promotion. For more information about what’s covered under the Free Tier, see AWS Free Tier.

To launch a Windows EC2 instance that will be covered by the Free Tier, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to the Amazon EC2 console.
  2. Under Create Instance, choose Launch Instance.
  3. Choose Select next to a Free Tier eligible AMI (labeled "Free Tier eligible").
  4. Choose an instance size that is labeled "Free Tier eligible".
  5. Choose Next: Configure Instance Details.
  6. For Instance Tenancy, choose Shared. Leave Request Spot instances unchecked. All other settings on the Configure Instance Details page will not affect whether the instance's usage is covered by the Free Tier, and can be configured as you like.
  7. Choose Next: Add Storage.
  8. Choose up to 30 GB of storage. Under Storage Type, choose either General Purpose SSD (GP2) or Magnetic.
    Note: Currently, only 30 GB of EBS storage per account is covered under the Free Tier. If you’ve launched any other instances using EBS storage, all your EBS storage might not be covered under the Free Tier.
  9. Choose Next: Tag Instance.
  10. Optionally, you can add a tag to your instance. For more information on tagging instances, see Tagging Your Amazon EC2 Resources.
  11. Choose Next: Configure Security Group.
  12. Configure a security group that allows only trusted traffic in and out. For more information about configuring security groups, see Amazon EC2 Security Groups for Windows Instances.
  13. Choose Review and Launch.
  14. Review your configuration. If it matches your specifications, choose Launch.

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Published: 2016-04-21