Options for Operating Programmatically with AWS
Using the AWS Command Line Interface
AWS Systems Manager
AWS Secrets Manager
AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK)
The course is part of this learning path
This course provides detail on the AWS Management & Governance services relevant to the AWS Certified Developer - Associate exam.
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- Learn how AWS AppConfig can reduce errors in configuration changes and prevent application downtime
- Understand how the AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK) can be used to model and provision application resources using common programming languages
- Get a high-level understanding of Amazon CloudWatch
- Learn about the features and use cases of the service
- Create your own CloudWatch dashboard to monitor the items that are important to you
- Understand how CloudWatch dashboards can be shared across accounts
- Understand the cost structure of CloudWatch dashboards and the limitations of the service
- Review how monitored metrics go into an ALARM state
- Learn about the challenges of creating CloudWatch Alarms and the benefits of using machine learning in alarm management
- Know how to create a CloudWatch Alarm using Anomaly Detection
- Learn what types of metrics are suitable for use with Anomaly Detection
- Create your own CloudWatch log subscription
- Learn how AWS CloudTrail enables auditing and governance of your AWS account
- Understand how Amazon CloudWatch Logs enables you to monitor and store your system, application, and custom log files
- Explain what AWS CloudFormation is and what it’s used for
- Determine the benefits of AWS CloudFormation
- Understand what each of the core components are and what they are used for
- Create a CloudFormation Stack using an existing AWS template
- Learn what VPC flow logs are and what they are used for
- Determine options for operating programmatically with AWS, including the AWS CLI, APIs, and SDKs
- Learn about the capabilities of AWS Systems Manager for managing applications and infrastructure
- Understand how AWS Secrets Manager can be used to securely encrypt application secrets
Systems Manager Documents. Another central idea of Systems Manager relates to Documents. Many of the Systems Manager features like the run command define the actions steps to be performed via Documents. Documents are independent resources written in JSON or YAML and allow you to include action steps and parameter values to be used. Systems Manager supports over half a dozen document types. In our case, we discussed the most common type of document used by Systems Manager, and it is called a Command document.
Command documents are used with the run command to define the actions to execute on instances and what specific values to use. Command documents are also used by the State Manager feature of Systems Manager to apply configurations to your instances. Finally, Maintenance Windows use Command documents to apply configurations based on a predefined schedule. With a Command document, you can run a shell script, configure CloudWatch, configure Docker, or perform any administrative tasks on a managed instance.
There are more than 100 preconfigured Systems Manager documents that you can use by specifying parameters at runtime. You can also modify a document or use it as is. Commonly used documents with the run command are the AWS run Shell Scripts for Linux and AWS run PowerShell Script document for Windows Systems. Documents live in the Systems Manager Documents Store and are a shared resource. We will be mostly dealing with Command documents, which are used by the run command and State Manager features of Systems Manager.
Now that we are clear with the setup and documents, let's review some of the fundamental operations we can perform with Systems Manager.
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