After the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) image is imported to Elastic Compute Service (ECS), you can use the image to create ECS instances. This topic describes how to use the RHEL image to create an instance in the ECS console. You can also call the RunInstances operation to create an instance to use the RHEL image.


  1. Log on to the ECS console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Instances & Images > Instances.
  3. In the top navigation bar, select a region.
  4. On the Instances page, click Create Instance.
  5. Perform the following operations in the Basic Configurations step:
    1. Select a billing method.
      For more information about billing methods of instances, see Overview.
    2. Select a region and a zone.
      Select the region where the imported image is located and select a zone. For more information, see Regions and zones.
    3. Select an instance type and specify the number of instances to be created.
      Select an instance type that is supported by Red Hat. For more information, visit Which Instance Types are RHEL Guest supported with on Aliyun.
    4. Select an image.
      In the Image section, click Custom Image and select the imported RHEL image from the drop-down list.
    5. Configure storage.
      Select the disk category of the system and data disks and specify the size of the disks. The size of the system disk cannot be smaller than that of the image.
    6. Optional: Configure the snapshot service.
    7. Click Next.
  6. Optional: Complete configurations in the Network, System Configurations (Optional), and Grouping (Optional) steps. Then, confirm the order.
    For more information about the steps and parameters in the wizard, see Create an instance by using the wizard.


After the preceding operations are performed, go to the Instances page to view the state of the instance. If the RHEL instance is created, Running is displayed in the Status column corresponding to the instance.

What to do next

You can use Workbench, Virtual Network Console (VNC), or a third-party client to connect to the instance. For more information, see Connection methods.