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Amazon EC2 Node Stack


Amazon EC2 Configuration

  1. Sign up for Amazon's free trial for EC2.

  2. Import your key pair to the AWS console.

    You need to have a public/private key pair generated.

  3. Click "Launch Instance" at the AWS console.

     * Launch a new "micro" instance from "Quick Start" with 64-bit "Ubuntu Server 12.04.1 LTS".
     * Continue through using the defaults until you reach the "Create Key Pair" step.
     * Select the radio button for "Choose from your existing Key Pairs".
     * From the dropdown menu, you should be able to select the SSH public key you uploaded in step #2.
     * Continue through defaults and launch your instance.
  4. Copy the instance's "Public DNS" ("hostname") to your clipboard.

    (e.g. Public DNS:

  5. Load up a new terminal window and paste the hostname for a ssh conneciton.


    Type "yes" when you are the prompt asks, "Are you sure you want to continue connecting?".

    Once you are successfully connected, the prompt will say hello:

    The authenticity of host ' (12.345.67.89)' can't be established.
    ECDSA key fingerprint is ab:cd:ef:gh:jk:lm:no.
    Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
    Warning: Permanently added ',12.345.67.89' (ECDSA) to the list of known hosts.
    Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-36-virtual x86_64)
     * Documentation:
      System information as of Sat Mar  2 04:05:42 UTC 2013
      System load:  0.2               Processes:           58
      Usage of /:   10.9% of 7.87GB   Users logged in:     0
      Memory usage: 6%                IP address for eth0: 12.345.67.89
      Swap usage:   0%
      Graph this data and manage this system at
    0 packages can be updated.
    0 updates are security updates.
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    To run a command as administrator (user "root"), use "sudo <command>".
    See "man sudo_root" for details.
  6. Set the time based on your local.

    sudo dpkg-reconfigure tzdata
  7. Update and upgrade all existing packages.

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

Ubuntu Security Configuration

  1. Connect over SSH to your EC2 instance (see Amazon EC2 Configuration step #5).

  2. Change the port for SSH and disable remote root login:

    sudo vim /etc/ssh/sshd_config

    Edit "sshd_config" with the following changes:

    # What ports, IPs and protocols we listen for
    +Port 44444
    -Port 22
    # Authentication:
    LoginGraceTime 120
    +PermitRootLogin no
    -PermitRootLogin yes
    StrictModes yes
    -#PasswordAuthentication yes
    +PasswordAuthentication no
    sudo service ssh restart

    Since you changed the port to 44444, next time you SSH you'll need to connect with the -p 44444 flag.

  3. Setup fail2ban to automatically ban malicious IP addresses:

    sudo apt-get install fail2ban
    sudo cp /etc/fail2ban/jail.conf /etc/fail2ban/jail.local
    sudo vim /etc/fail2ban/jail.local

    Edit "jail.local" with the following changes:

    enabled  = true
    +port     = 44444
    -port     = ssh
    filter   = sshd
    logpath  = /var/log/auth.log
    maxretry = 6
    +enabled  = true
    -enabled  = false
    +port     = 44444
    -port     = ssh
    filter   = sshd-ddos
    logpath  = /var/log/auth.log
    maxretry = 6

    After saving the file, restart the fail2ban process:

    sudo service fail2ban restart
  4. Log in to the EC2 Security Group management

  5. Remove inbound port 22 and enable port 44444 for your server's security group.

    This will serve as our new SSH port (feel free to change port number above/throughout these steps).

  6. Enable automatic security updates.

    sudo apt-get install unattended-upgrades
    sudo vim /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/10periodic

    Edit "/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/10periodic":

    APT::Periodic::Update-Package-Lists "1";
    +APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "1";
    -APT::Periodic::Download-Upgradeable-Packages "0";
    +APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "7";
    -APT::Periodic::AutocleanInterval "0";
    +APT::Periodic::Unattended-Upgrade "1";
  7. Install and configure logwatch to email you the daily logs:

    sudo apt-get install logwatch
    sudo vim /etc/cron.daily/00logwatch
    +/usr/sbin/logwatch --output mail --mailto --detail high
    -/usr/sbin/logwatch --output mail

Node.js with HTTP Proxy Configuration

This tutorial assumes that you've already installed Node.

  1. Connect over SSH to your EC2 instance (see Amazon EC2 Configuration step #5).

    Note that you may need to add the flag -p 44444 if you disabled normal SSH access on port 22 in the previous section.

  2. Configure upstart:

    Create a new file /etc/init/cluster.conf

    sudo vim /etc/init/cluster.conf
    description "cluster"
    author "ubuntu"
    start on runlevel [2345]
    stop on runlevel [016]
    # restart when job dies
    # give up after 5 respawns in 60s
    respawn limit 5 60
    # start the script and log output
      exec sudo node /home/ubuntu/cluster/server.js >> /var/log/cluster.log 2>&1
    end script
  3. Install http-proxy:

    mkdir /home/ubuntu/cluster
    cd /home/ubuntu/cluster
    npm install --save http-proxy
  4. Setup http-proxy cluster:

    Create a new file /home/ubuntu/cluster/server.js

    sudo vim /home/ubuntu/cluster/server.js
    var cluster   = require('cluster')
      , numCPUS   = require('os').cpus().length
      , sites     = require('./sites')
      , httpProxy = require('http-proxy')
    var options = {
        hostnameOnly: true
      , router: sites
    if (cluster.isMaster) {
      for(var i=0; i < numCPUS; i+=1) {
      cluster.on('exit', clusterExit)
    } else {
        var proxy = httpProxy.createProxy()
        require('http').createServer(function(req, res) {
            proxy.web(req, res, {
                target: sites[]
    function clusterExit(worker, code, signal) {
      console.log('worker %d died',
  5. Add a test virtual host with your EC2's Public IP to a new file /home/ubuntu/cluster/sites.js:

    module.exports = {
      "": ""
  6. Start cluster:

    sudo start cluster
  7. Test to ensure that cluster is working properly.

    npm install -g http-server
    http-server -p 3000
    Starting up http-server, serving ./ on port: 3000
    Hit CTRL-C to stop the server

    Now visit (replace with your instance's IP). If you run into issues, you may need to log into EC2's security groups and open up port 3000.

Apache Legacy Support

If you need to support legacy web applications running on PHP/Apache/MySQL, then we can setup Apache to run on an alternate port such as 8080.

  1. Install dependencies including Apache, PHP, and MySQL.

    sudo apt-get install apache2 php5 libapache2-mod-php5 mysql-server phpmyadmin
  2. Modify the default port from 80 to 8080:

    sudo vim /etc/apache2/ports.conf

    Edit "/etc/apache2/ports.conf":

    +NameVirtualHost *:8080
    -NameVirtualHost *:80
    +Listen 8080
    -Listen 80
    sudo vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/default

    Edit "/etc/apache2/sites-available/default":

    +<VirtualHost *:8080>
    -<VirtualHost *:80>
  3. Reload the Apache configuration and restart the server.

    sudo service apache2 reload
    sudo service apache2 restart
  4. Add a virtual host to sites.js (replace "" with your domain):

    vim /home/ubuntu/cluster/sites.js
    module.exports = {
        "": ""
    +  , "": ""
    +  , "": ""
  5. Add a virtual host to /etc/apache2/sites-available/

    sudo vim /etc/apache2/sites-available/
    <VirtualHost *:8080>
      DocumentRoot /home/ubuntu/
  6. Create the virtual host folder and a test index file:

    mkdir /home/ubuntu/
    vim /home/ubuntu/
  7. Enable the virtual site and reload Apache.

    sudo a2ensite
    sudo service apache2 reload
  8. Enable mod rewrite.

    sudo a2enmod rewrite
    sudo service apache2 restart
  9. Visit to test out the http-proxy with Node to Apache.


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