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
Once you configure a managed instance by having the systems manager agent configured and you have assigned a systems manager access role, you can go to the Systems Manager console and under the “Node Management” section you will see the “Fleet Manager” feature.
All your managed instances will be displayed in this console. Fleet Manager will give you visibility into the details of each managed instance including Instance ID, Platform Type, Instance Type, OS Name, IP Address, and SSM Agent version among others.
Being able to see your managed instance fleet on a single display is very useful.
Under the “Node Management” section of Systems Manager, you will notice the session manager feature. The session manager is a fully managed capability that lets you connect to any managed instance using an interactive browser shell login for Linux, Windows, and MacOS instances.
It requires no open inbound ports and no need to manage bastion hosts or SSH keys for connectivity to your instances.
You also don’t need SSH clients for Linux or RDP clients for windows when using Session Manager. Communication between session manager and instances is secure and session manager tracks all commands and output produced in a session that can be dispatched to CloudTrail, CloudWatch, or an Amazon S3 bucket as a result.
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.
To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.
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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.
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