Giving SSH/Putty Access to your EC2 instance with AWS

Mayhaps I am slow, but this is how I was finally able to give access to my AWS server to another person:


1. Generate public/private key pair (ex: GitHub)

2. Admin: log into your EC2 instance and add the public key to “~/.ssh/authorized_keys” (StackOverflow)

3. Generate Putty Key using (PuttyGen)

4. Add KeyPair under AWS Management Console –> Network & Security –> Key Pairs

5. Use the private key to log in.

I’m still confused on how to use AMI to control user-based access…  if someone knows how to do this, please shed light.

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