AWS Personal Health Dashboard
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The services within the AWS Management Fundamentals course focus on maintaining and monitoring AWS applications and systems, to ensure they are compliant, properly configured, operating at required utilization thresholds, and protected from any potential external threats.

This course covers a range of different services, including:

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the basic functions that each service in this course performs within a cloud solution
  • Recognize basic components and features of each AWS management service in this course
  • Understand the role each service plays to maintain a properly operating application on AWS

Intended Audience

This course is designed for:

  • Anyone preparing for the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam
  • Managers, sales professionals, and other non-technical roles


Before taking this course, you should have a general understanding of basic cloud computing concepts. If you are familiar with common compliance requirements for IT systems, this will also help.


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Service Health Dashboard

Personal Health Dashboard


Lectures Description:

Hello, and welcome to this short lecture on the AWS Health Dashboards. I shall be explaining the differences between both the Service Health Dashboard and the Personal Health Dashboard and how you can use them to monitor the status of your environment.

AWS offers two dashboards that can help you identify issues that may affect your infrastructure and the resources that you're running within your AWS accounts, these being the AWS Service Health Dashboard and the Personal Health Dashboard. Both of these dashboards offer visibility into health issues that are affecting AWS infrastructure that impact AWS services. However, there is a fundamental difference.

The AWS Service Health Dashboard provides a complete health check of all services in all regions at any one time, and this can be accessed through the following link. The status of these services will be classified as any of the following states: the service is operating normally, informational message, service degradation, and service interruption. The Service Health Dashboard also allows the functionality of viewing the history of a particular service within a geographic location. This is useful to identify if an outage caused repercussions within your own infrastructure that you may have previously experienced. This history of service interruptions is kept by AWS for a year.

The Personal Health Dashboard differs to that of the Service Health Dashboard, in that it will notify you of any services interruptions that may affect the resources and services that you are using within your own AWS account. For example, if there were health issues with the RDS service and you were running RDS resources within your own account, you would be notified of any potential impacts to your resources. However, if there were service interruptions with the DynamoDB service but you were not using DynamoDB within your environment, then you would not receive a notification within your Personal Health Dashboard, as it would not affect any of your resources. To access your Personal Health Dashboard for your account, you can go to the following link.

When you're at the dashboard, you will see that it is split between three categories, these being open issues, scheduled changes, and other notifications. From here, you can view any issues recorded in these categories in further detail. For example, being able to view in advance plan maintenance related to AWS services that could potentially affect you. These notifications also provide detailed instructions on what steps to take to avoid any problems, or at least to mitigate them as much as possible. The Personal Health Dashboard provides a very simple overview of the health of AWS services that may affect your resources running in your own account. That brings me to the end of this lecture.

Coming up next will be a summary of the key points taken from this course.



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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 center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

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