Set up an AWS LAMP server connected to a RDS database

Apologies for the lack of astronomy in this post. I just spent 6 hours trying to set up a server, and most of that time was spent fussing needlessly. No one should need to repeat my endeavors, so…. I’m taking what I learned and blogging it to save any poor souls who may be repeating what I do. These instructions should work for any OS X / linux system. Goal: Setup on EC2 an Ubuntu server configured to run PHP software on an Apache Server connected to a MySQL database on an RDS (This is a LAMP server) Uses: This type of configuration can be used for WordPress, phpBB, SMF, and any number of other php online toys Notes: There are two ways to set this up servers. You can either go through the online GUI or use a commandline toolkit. For advanced features...

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