CS615 -- System Administration
HW#1: Setup your environment for EC2 and create an instance
Please carefully read this document in its entirety.
The objective of this assignment is for you to set up your working environment to make it easy for you to interact with the Amazon Compute Cloud. In addition to setting up your first instance, you will also familiarize yourself with some of the commands relating to filesystems, disks and storage as we will discuss in lecture #2.
This assignment is worth 20 points.
Review provided documentation
Make sure to carefully read through the following documentation:
Note: some of the documentation you may find on the internet may not be up to date, may use older tools, or be flat out wrong. Do not blindly follow the instructions, do not merely copy commands -- you need to show that you understood them.
Set up your environment
You need to set up your environment for interaction with the Amazon Cloud. You need to create a document outlining what steps you took to customize or update your setup, such as changes to your shell's startup files, environment variables etc. On linux-lab.cs.stevens.edu the Amazon EC2 and related cloud tools should already be installed; use the aws command found in /usr/local/bin -- see aws help.
(If the tools are not found in that location, please follow the user guide linked above to install them under your ~/.local/bin directory via pip.)
Please note that we will only focus on using the command-line tools for EC2. That is, nowhere in the process of setting things up should you have a need to refer to menu items, or which button to click. This class is command-line all the way.
Create an EC2 instance
Start an EC2 instance of a NetBSD AMI. Once it is running, log in on the virtual host and run the required commands to:
Next, fill up all available disk space. How does your system handle this? Can you still log in? If not, why not?
Now clean up some disk space and then use up all available inodes. How does your system behave now - does this differ from the previous case? Can you still log in? If not, why not?
After you are done, remember to shut down your instance.
Please submit a plain text file containing any findings or notes about any issues you had to overcome.Then, please append the output of the following commands:
Then, append as well:
When submitting commands and their output, copy the plain text from the terminal; do not take screenshots or attach any documents or binary files.
You may use the script(1) utility to create a transcript of your commands, but please make sure to clean that output from any control characters.
Please review the Homework Submission Guidelines and ensure that your submission meets these requirements.
Note: It is perfectly acceptable to publicly ask (and answer!) questions, for example in the AWS Forum or our course mailing list.
The due date for this assignment is 2021-02-08 16:00. Please attach the plain text file named after your Stevens username (e.g., jschauma.txt, if your Stevens username was 'jschauma') to an email sent from your @stevens.edu email address to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject of "[CS615] HW1".