I’ll make this quick, since time is running out. Tomorrow night, the AWS 10 year celebration comes to an end, and so do free AWS labs (but intro labs are always free – as they were even before this event). You’ve accomplished a lot in the last two weeks. Be proud of the effort you’ve put in!
Finish strong – keep up your momentum and sneak in one or two final freebies before the price tags return. On April 1, AWS labs will return to normal prices.
Congratulations once again to AWS on 10 years of success, and happy lab-taking!
PS: Do you like numbers? Stay tuned for some stats on how much you accomplished since March 14 🙂
PuTTY is a (free) SSH client. It gives you a command line tool, and allows you to control the remote host you create as part of your lab. You need PuTTY if you are using a Windows PC. If you use a Mac or a Linux machine, you’ll follow a different set of instructions.
Where do I get it? Is it free? Is it safe to download?
Read about it here. (Safely) download the most recent version here.
Once I get it, how do I use it? Screenshots please?
Once you get to PuTTY in the lab instructions, find the putty.exe file (likely in your Downloads folder) and double-click to launch it. Instructions will vary (so follow the instructions in your lab), but you’ll probably want to enter a host name like this*:
Expand the Connection tree, then expand SSH, then click (don’t expand) Auth.
You’ll see a field for your private key – browse to the PPK file provided by the lab (likely in your Downloads folder).
Wait, PPK file? Where do I find that?
Both the PPK file and the PEM file (if you need it) can be downloaded from your lab instructions.
When you connect, you might see a message like this (fascinating right?) – click yes to make the connection.
…and you’re in! Now you’re a pro. When was the first time you used PuTTY?
Don’t have the bandwidth to finish a Quest between now and the 31st? No worries – there is no time limit on Quests. Enroll in a quest now, take advantage of as many labs as you’re able to (in any order you want) at no charge, then finish at your own pace later (after March 31, you may have to pay for some labs).