I'm new to AWS and am looking for a way to access my EC2's console so I can triage issues such:

  • boot to single user mode
  • view console output as system boots
  • gain console access to debug GRUB issues

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When using cloud services such as AWS or Azure your ability to access the console of booting instances is typically restricted to a read-only type of interaction.

AWS does provide tools, so you just need to adjust your approach, if you're expecting to drop to single user mode or watch a booting system on a console.

For example, in the EC2 services area of AWS you can select a EC2 instance and then under the actions menu select either:

  • Get System Log
  • Get Instance Screenshot


Step 1: Screenshot of actions menu


Step 2: Screenshot of "System Log"


Step 3: Screenshot of "instance's console"


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