Setting up a AWS EC2 Mac Mini instance #AWS

Ben’s Place writes about setting up a AWS EC2 Mac mini instance for some software debugging:

I recently needed to debug some problems running a Kubernetes app on a Mac. The problem is I don’t have a Mac or easy access to one that I can have full control over to poke and prod at things. (I also am not the biggest fan of OSx, but that’s a separate story)

Recently AWS started to offer Mac Mini EC2 instances. These differ a little from most normal EC2 instances as they are an actual dedicated bit of hardware that you have exclusive access to rather than a VM on hardware shared with others.

Because of the fact it’s a dedicated bit of hardware the process for setting one up is a little different.

Read the detailed instructions in the post here. Oh, and heed this:

Shut it down when you are done – Mac EC2 instances really are not cheap ($25.99 per day…) so remember to kill it off when you are done.


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1 Comment

  1. Be aware. Due to Apple licensing requirements, the minimum billing period is 24 hours. You will be paying that $26 even if you only need the machine for a short period. That will be expensive for CI/CD applications.

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