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Course Description:

Trying to ensure that your AWS infrastructure remains optimized at all times can be a daunting task.  By the very nature of AWS, your infrastructure is likely to be very fluid with the different resources used across your entire AWS account.  As this infrastructure grows within your organization, the management of it can get harder and harder.  How can you ensure that you are deploying your resources in the best way to ensure your costs are kept low, you're not over or under-provisioning instances, that your security is tight and that you are implementing the correct level of resiliency should a failure occur? The simple answer would be to use AWS Trusted Advisor.

The main function of AWS Trusted Advisor is to recommend improvements across your AWS account to help optimise and hone your environment based on AWS best practices. These recommendations cover four distinct categories:
Cost optimization - which helps to identify ways in which you could optimise your resources
Performance - this scans your resources to highlight any potential performance issues across multiple services
Security - this category analyses your environment for any potential security weaknesses or vulnerabilities
Fault Tolerance - which suggests best practices to maintain service operations by increasing resiliency, should a fault or incident occur across your resources

This course dives into the service to explain how it works and how you can use it to benefit your AWS account 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the purpose and benefits of AWS Trusted Advisor
  • Learn how to navigate the AWS Trusted Advisor Console
  • Understand how to use AWS Trusted Advisor to optimize your AWS resources and account
  • Understand how to take actionable steps with AWS Trusted Advisor to improve your AWS infrastructure
  • Learn how to configure different methods of granting access to AWS Trusted Advisor using IAM policies
  • Understand how Amazon CloudWatch can monitor and react to changes within AWS Trusted Advisor

Intended Audience

This course would be of benefit to:

  • Security Professionals & Security Auditors
  • Systems Engineers and Administrators
  • CIO, CTO, IT Managers & Technical Business Leads
  • Compliance Managers
  • Anyone looking to learn more about AWS Security


I recommend that you have a basic understanding and awareness of AWS and common services. It would also be advantageous if you have an understanding of IAM Policies, although this is not essential

This course includes

  • 6 lectures
  • 3 demonstrations


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Hello, and welcome to this AWS Trusted Advisor course, where I shall be discussing what this service is, what it's used for and how to use it within your environment allowing you to implement and use it within your own organization.

Before we start, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Stuart Scott, I'm one of the trainers here at Cloud Academy and I specialize in AWS, Amazon Web Services. Feel free to connect with me with any questions using the detail shown on screen. Alternatively, you can always get in touch with us here at Cloud Academy using the community forum where one of our Cloud experts will reply to your question.

As a pre-requisite to this course, I recommend that you have a basic understanding and awareness of AWS and some of its common services. This is down to the fact that Trusted Advisor provides recommendations and best practices across a range of other AWS services.

This course would be of benefit to security professionals and security auditors, systems engineers and administrators, CIOs, CTOs, IT managers and technical business leads, compliance managers, and also anyone looking to learn more about AWS security and optimization.

This course is comprised of the following lectures. I'll start off by talking about what is AWS Trusted Advisor and in this lecture I will explain what the service actually is and does before we dive deeper into how it works and its management. Then I'll look at reviewing checks and taking action. Here I will discuss some of the Trusted Advisor checks which are accessible to everyone. I also included demonstration providing an overview of the Trusted Advisor Dashboard. Controlling access to Trusted Advisor. This will be a demonstration lecture that will show you how to configure different levels of access for Trusted Advisor using IAM policies. I'll then look at how to monitor AWS Trusted Advisor with Amazon CloudWatch, and within this lecture I explain how it's possible to utilize CloudWatch events to monitor and react to changes within Trusted Advisor. A demonstration is also provided to show you how to configure this. And then finally, a summary, and this lecture simply summarizes key elements taken from the previous lectures.

There are a number of learning objectives to this course. You'll understand the purpose and benefits of Trusted Advisor. You will learn how to navigate the Trusted Advisor console. You will gain an understanding of how to use Trusted Advisor to optimize your AWS resources and account. You'll understand how to take actionable steps with Trusted Advisor to improve your AWS infrastructure. You'll also see how to configure different methods of granting access to Trusted Advisor. And finally, you will understand how Amazon CloudWatch can monitor and react to changes within AWS Trusted Advisor.

Feedback on our courses here at Cloud Academy are valuable to both us as trainers and any students looking to take the same course in the future. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, it would be greatly appreciated if you could use the comment section found on the landing page of this course. That now brings me to the end of this lecture. Comin' up next, I'll be answering the question what is AWS Trusted Advisor?

About the Author

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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data centre and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date Stuart has created over 40 courses relating to Cloud, most within the AWS category with a heavy focus on security and compliance

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

Stuart enjoys writing about cloud technologies and you will find many of his articles within our blog pages.