Jenkins Server on AWS - Getting Started

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Jenkins Server on AWS - Getting Started

Jenkins Server on AWS - Getting Started

Documentation 03 Sep 2022

This documentation is provided as a quick start guide to our AWS MarketPlace Clients.

Overview

What is Jenkins? Jenkins is a versatile open-source application that can be used in software development projects, DevOps and Infrastructure Teams to build, test, and deploy software and applications both on private and public clouds.

Jenkins can automate the build and deployment process of just about any programming language and platform including Golang, Ruby, Shell scripts, Python, .Net, Java, C#, Testing frameworks, Infrastructure as Code, Docker, Kubernetes, Linux, Windows and Cloud providers.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up Jenkins on AWS using our customised battle-tested Amazon AWS image. It takes only 5mins and you’ll be able to start building and deploying your next project with Jenkins easily! Jenkins is an open-source application that makes it easy to manage and deploy software. It can be used to build, test,

What are the benefits of Jenkins?

Jenkins is a powerful open-source continuous integration and delivery platform that has a wide range of benefits for businesses. It’s a great choice for companies of all sizes, as it can easily scale up to accommodate increasing demand. Additionally, Jenkins, when deployed correctly, helps reduce the time it takes to get new features into production. This is an essential step in ensuring that your software is constantly up-to-date and compliant with changing regulations. Other benefits of using Jenkins include the following;

  • #1 CI/CD platform with great community support.
  • Very easy-to-use Web UI with point-and-click administration.
  • Easily configurable to build and deploy multiple programming languages.
  • Integrates easily with Github, Gitlab and other SCM tools.
  • Can be used to quickly detect errors in code, allowing developers a proactive opportunity to fix bugs.
  • Rich Plugin ecosystem allows users to extend the power of CI/CD automation.

Steps for setting up Jenkins on AWS

First, you will need to have an AWS account. If you don’t, you can register for a free AWS account here https://aws.amazon.com/resources/create-account/ . If you qualify, AWS might even extend you free credits to get started.

Step 1:

Once ready to go, access AWS MarketPlace to get started, or click here AWS MarketPlace.

Install On AWS with One-Click

Step 2:

Go through AWS options to launch an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance using our baked “Jenkins on AWS” image. We recommend the following specifications, you are welcome to try lower, especially if you are testing things.

t2.medium or

  • 2 VCPU’s
  • 4 GB RAM

Step 3:

Once your instance is launched, it will take about 5 minutes to bootstrap for the first time. When ready, you should be able to browse to Jenkins web-ui located at http://ip.address.of.instance:8080 for example, if your instance is on IP address 1.2.3.4, you should be able to access the web-ui by browsing to http://1.2.3.4:8080 As per Jenkins’s official documentation, a unique password is generated for every installation and stored at this location

/var/lib/jenkins/secrets/initialAdminPassword

Access the Jenkins server over ssh to access this password. The details to log in to your ec2 instance will be the ones you set up during installation. This image is based on Amazon Linux 2 hence the username is ec2-user.

Conclusion

Jenkins is a powerful tool that can be used to develop, test, and deploy applications. In this guide, we showed you how to set up Jenkins on AWS using our custom-baked image in the AWS MarketPlace. We explained the benefits of using Jenkins and its features. We hope you are excited to use Jenkins in your projects.

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Disclaimer:

All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders. Use of them does not imply any affiliation with or endorsement by them. This product contains the latest patched software from respective vendors, we do not, however, claim that all vulnerabilities have been addressed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use Jenkins to build and deploy my applications?

Yes, Jenkins can be used to build and deploy applications on AWS. Apart from the development process, Jenkins can also be used for automated testing, code reviews, and more. The main advantage of using Jenkins over other continuous integration tools is that it supports a wider range of languages and platforms. This means you can use Jenkins to build applications in any language or platform supported by the underlying continuous integration tool. So, for example, Jenkins can be used to build applications with Node.js, Java, Ruby, or even PowerShell scripts. The possibilies are endless.

What are some best practices for using Jenkins in a production environment?

Well, first and foremost, security is of the utmost importance when it comes to using Jenkins in a production environment. Make sure to set up proper security measures like username and password authentication, as well as restricting access to your Jenkins server. Next, configuring Jenkins for the best possible performance is essential. Picking the right EC2 instance size for your needs is crucial to Jenkins’s success. Wherever possible, always configure your jobs to run in parallel so that the build and testing processes can run quickly. Finally, it’s always helpful to create automated jobs within Jenkins using Jenkinsfile so that the process of building, testing and deploying code is streamlined and easy to manage. By using Jenkinsfiles, you automate the process of configuring Jenkins for projects, making sure anyone on your team can get the most out of Jenkins.

Is there a license cost for using Jenkins on AWS?

There is no license cost for using Jenkins server on AWS. However, you will still incur costs for using the underlying AWS infrastructure and Marketplace fees.

All our Marketplace images come with 1 hr FREE Support to get you started. Contact us to get started.