Step 1: Create a cluster - Amazon Redshift
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Step 1: Create a cluster

If you already have a cluster that you want to use, you can skip this step.

For the exercises in this tutorial, use a four-node cluster.

To create a cluster
  1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console and open the Amazon Redshift console at

    Using the navigation menu, choose the Provisioned clusters dashboard.


    Make sure that you have the necessary permissions to perform the cluster operations. For information on granting the necessary permissions, see Authorizing Amazon Redshift to access Amazon services.

  2. At top right, choose the Amazon Region in which you want to create the cluster. For the purposes of this tutorial, choose US West (Oregon).

  3. On the navigation menu, choose Clusters, then choose Create cluster. The Create cluster page appears.

  4. On the Create cluster page enter parameters for your cluster. Choose your own values for the parameters, except change the following values:

    • Choose dc2.large for the node type.

    • Choose 4 for the Number of nodes.

    • In the Cluster permissions section, choose an IAM role from Available IAM roles. This role should be one that you previously created and that has access to Amazon S3. Then choose Associate IAM role to add it to the list of Associated IAM roles for the cluster.

  5. Choose Create cluster.

Follow the Amazon Redshift Getting Started Guide steps to connect to your cluster from a SQL client and test a connection. You don't need to complete the remaining Getting Started steps to create tables, upload data, and try example queries.

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Step 2: Download the data files