Creating a key pair in the AWS management console for SSH access

To secure SSH access to your SMC server, you must select an existing key pair when you create the CloudFormation stack in AWS marketplace, as shown in the section Deploying the SMC server from AWS Marketplace. If there is no such key pair, or if you wish to use a new key pair for this instance, you can create it as follows from the EC2 service in the AWS management console:

  1. In the Services menu in the upper banner, select EC2 under the section Compute.
  2. In the menu on the left, select Network & Security/Key pairs.
  3. Click on Create key pair at the top on the right.
    Create key pair button
  4. Enter a name for the key pair.
  5. Select the type of key pair and .pem as the file format.
  6. Click on Create key pair.
  7. Download the key pair and save it in a safe location on your computer.

When you sign in to your SMC server in SSH, enter as a connection argument the identification file corresponding to this key pair. For example:

ssh -i demo_keypair.pem ec2-user@<your_elastic_IP>

You cannot connect to your SMC server in SSH directly with the root user. You have to connect with the ec2-user user.