Types of DLM Policies
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In this course, you'll learn about Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager and how to manage EBS snapshots within the AWS console. We're going to talk about the different types of policies you can create, automate, and monitor using Amazon DLM, along with a demo of how to get started.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the fundamentals of Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager
  • Learn how to successfully set up and use Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager within your AWS account to manage new snapshots

Intended Audience

  • Solutions Architects
  • Cloud Engineers
  • Anyone who wants to automate their EBS snapshots with the Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager


To get the most out of this course, you should have prior AWS Console knowledge and have some basic experience with EBS.


Types of Amazon DLM policies. In this section, we're going to go over what is a data lifecycle policy, and the different types of lifecycle policies available. First, what is a lifecycle policy? A policy is a set of rules and attributes assigned to a specific resource or resources that define the snapshot process. From what type of resources to create a snapshot from, when to create the snapshot or backup, to how long those snapshots should be retained. There are three types of policies that can be created: EB S snapshot policy, EB S-backed AMI policy, and a cross-account copy event policy. Let's talk about each one of those and define them.

EB S snapshot policy is specific to only EB S volumes and snapshots. EB S-backed AMIs include a snapshot for each volume that's attached to a source or golden image of the instance. And cross-account copy event policy allows you to copy your Amazon EB S snapshots to a specific AWS region. Enabling you to protect yourself from data loss that includes being compromised or to implement disaster recovery. Now this concludes the types of Amazon data lifecycle policies.

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