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Python and AWS Cookbook

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  1. Python and AWS Cookbook
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    2. Preface
      1. Conventions Used in This Book
      2. Using Code Examples
      3. Safari® Books Online
      4. How to Contact Us
    3. 1. General Info
      1. A Quick Note About Python
      2. Installing boto
      3. Getting Started with Amazon Web Services
      4. Using boto with Eucalyptus
      5. Using boto with Google Cloud Storage
      6. Finding Available Regions for AWS
      7. Enabling Debug Output with boto
      8. Controlling Socket Timeouts in boto
    4. 2. EC2 Recipes
      1. Launching an Instance
      2. Keeping Track of Instances with Tags
      3. Accessing the Console Log
      4. Uploading Your Own SSH Keypair
      5. Synchronizing SSH Keypairs Across EC2 Regions
      6. Associate an Elastic IP Address with an Instance
      7. Attach a Persistent EBS Volume to an Instance
      8. Back Up Your EBS Volumes
      9. Restore a Volume from a Snapshot
      10. Clone an Existing Instance
      11. Find All Running EC2 Instances
      12. Monitoring the Performance of Your Instance
      13. Getting Notifications
      14. Storing Custom Data in CloudWatch
      15. Executing Custom Scripts upon Instance Startup
    5. 3. S3 Recipes
      1. Create a Bucket
      2. Create a Bucket in a Specific Location
      3. Store Private Data
      4. Store Metadata with an Object
      5. Computing Total Storage Used by a Bucket
      6. Copy an Existing Object to Another Bucket
      7. Modify the Metadata of an Existing Object
      8. Find Out Who Is Accessing Your Data
      9. Reduce the Cost of Storing Noncritical Data
      10. Generating Expiring URLs for S3 Objects
      11. Preventing Accidental Deletion of Data from S3
      12. Hosting Static Websites on S3
      13. Uploading Large Objects to S3
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Getting Started with Amazon Web Services

Create Your AWS Account

The first thing you will need to do to use Amazon Web Services is sign up for an account. Go to and click on the Sign Up Now button. If you already have an account with and want to associate your AWS activity with that account, you can simply log in with those credentials. If you prefer, you can create a new account just for your AWS activity.

For detailed instructions on signing up for AWS, you can check out this tutorial, provided by RightScale.

Make sure your account has been enabled for at least the EC2 service and the S3 service. The tutorial linked to above provides detailed instructions on signing up for services.

Once your account has been created, a variety of credentials will be associated with it:

AWS Account Credentials

These are the credentials you use to log into the AWS web portal and the AWS Management Console and consist of an email address and a password. Since these credentials control access to all of the other credentials discussed below, it is very important to choose a strong password for this account and to age the password aggressively.

AWS Account Number

This is the unique 12-digit number associated with your AWS account. Unlike the other credentials we will discuss, this one is not a secret. The easiest way to find your account number is to look in the upper-right corner of the web page after you have logged into the AWS portal. You should see something like Figure 1-2 ...

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