So I needed to set up my OSX rig to access AWS, spin up and configure an Ubuntu instance, install Apache, PHP, MongoDB and do various other tasks. Good thing I found these two great resources:
Fist, here’s Robert Sosinki with a great guide on how to get set up with the EC2 command line tools on Mac OSX. Really clear and well done.
Next, here’s a quick guide from RSM on how to turn that brand new instance into a full LAMP (that’s Linux, Apache, Mongo, PHP) stack … though really you could install whatever packages you need.