How to Setup FTP (FTPS (not SFTP)) on an AWS EC2 Instance

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Below are the commands required to setup FTP (well, FTPS in fact) on your AWS EC2 cloud instance. I’m assuming you use AWS flavour of Linux. If you use Ubuntu or whatever, file locations, commands, and other such will more than likely be different. I have added in some commentary which may or may not […]

AWS AMI Let’s Encrypt Troubleshooting & Fixing “No module named interface”

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This is a pretty technical post, about how to troubleshoot and fix a not-quite-renewing correctly lets encrypt certificate on AWS instances! If you’ve tried to renew a Lets Encrypt cert on AWS EC2, and have run into an issue, which ends with (something like): from zope.interface import Interface ImportError: No module named interface You have […]

Allow HTTPS on Amazon EC2

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If you have recently setup an Amazon EC2 instance and would like to configure access to Port 443 (HTTPS:// traffic) on your new instance, there are a few things you should do. First Step – Allow Port 443 in your Security Group Firstly, you need to tell your EC2 instance that it is allowed to […]

Linux & Apache Server – Set Local Time to London, UK, Europe

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A quick and simple command you might need from time-to-time if you’re running apache webservers in one or other linux flavour. We often grab EC2 instances on Amazon, for example, for our clients and, for various reasons, we want the server to know what time it is here in the UK! So here’s the command […]

MySQL Innodb Tables Crashing on AWS EC2 Instance? Is Your Disk Full?

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We’ve been asked to troubleshoot Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (AWS EC2) instances for a number of reasons. Recently, we took a look at an Amazon EC2 instance which was being used as a MySQL server and the task was to see why several MySQL innodb tables were crashing. The situation had got so […]

Installing PHP SOAP – Need soapclient?

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If you need SOAP in your PHP applications, and you have a system which doesn’t currently contain the correct tools, like an AWS EC2 instance you’ve just installed, you could be looking for the simple command you need in order to install PHP soap. The following Yum command will do just that on Centos / […]

What To Do If You Get “System Error 1” During AWS Phone Verification

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Successfully get your account setup pin after receiving an error message. Today, during a routine task we perform regularly – installing an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account on behalf of a client – we received an error message during the AWS signup process. While waiting for the telephone verification process to complete, up popped an […]

Installing XCache on Amazon EC2

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We’ve been benchmarking Amazon EC2 server instances for some highly complicated PHP applications over the past week. During this time, we’ve discovered that XCache is perhaps the best opcode caching product for our purposes. If anyone would like a walkthrough for installing XCache on an Amazon EC2 instance, simply leave a comment below and we […]

How to Update Linux on Amazon EC2 with Yum

It’s really quite straightforward to update your Amazon EC2 instance to the latest versions: Login with your secure key via your terminal window; then Type “Sudo -i” and hit enter Type “yum update” and hit enter Hit “Y” to agree to the updates Wait for the software to carry out the update. That’s it! The […]

How to Make WordPress Auto-Thumbnails Work

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If you’re recently installed WordPress onto a new server (we do this a lot on Amazon EC2 instances of varying sizes) and you notice that your image uploads aren’t auto-thumbnailing (when WordPress “crunches” your images into “thumbnail” “medium” and “large” sizes for use throughout your website) then chances are your server doesn’t have the GD […]

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