Features at a glance
With EC2Box you will be able to open multiple shells, upload files to multiple EC2 instances at once, store connection information for EC2 instances, as well as to share terminal commands
It is mostly a web-based SSH (Secure Shell) console that helps Amazon EC2 users to execute commands, while managing multiple AWS (Amazon Web Services) EC2 instances simultaneously. In addition, the software lets users to add extra EC2 instance administrators.
How to use EC2Box
To use EC2Box, download it and install it following the instruction provided on the project’s homepage (see link above). Open a web browser and point it to https://:8443, then log in using the “admin” username and the “changeme” password (without quotes, of course).
Once logged in, the user must set his or her AWS credentials, import the private key that is currently used on his or her EC2 systems, start the composite SSH session (it is also possible to build and execute a shell script across multiple sessions), add instance administrator accounts and audit sessions for them.
Under the hood and availability
As mentioned, the application is written entirely in the Java programming language and requires a web browser if you want to access its user interface. It can be downloaded via Softpedia or directly from its official website as both binary and source archives.
Summing up, EC2Box is a really great tool for Amazon EC2 users who want to do all sorts of operations on their EC2 instances. A demo can be found at http://youtu.be/e00UD9dZ-wk.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor on June 20th, 2014
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Application descriptionEC2Box is a free and open source software project that enables anyone to easily and quickly execute commands and/or ma...