Installing the AWS CLI
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This course provides detail on the AWS Management & Governance services relevant to the AWS Certified Developer - Associate exam.

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Learning Objectives

  • 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

In this lecture, I’ll be installing the latest version of the AWS CLI, which currently is AWS CLI v2. I’ll be installing the CLI on a Mac, so keep that in mind if you’re following along, as the syntax for Windows and Linux machines is different. But have no fear, you can always consult the AWS documentation for the appropriate commands for your operating system. 

Here I am in my terminal, and the first command I’m going to run is aws –version. This checks which version of the AWS CLI I currently have. As you can see, it cannot find the aws command, which means it’s not currently installed. 

To install the latest version of the CLI, I’m going to use the commands from the Mac section of the documentation. Here you can see there are two major commands you have to run: a download command and an install command. 

For Mac, the first command you’ll need to run will use the curl command to download the file from this address. Then, using the -o option, it names the file AWSCLIV2. Let’s run this command in the terminal. 

After it installs successfully, I’ll go back to the documentation and use the second command. This will run the installation using the Mac standard installer program. It uses the -pkg parameter to specify which package to install. And then the -target parameter to specify where I want to install it. 

Let’s run this in the terminal. I’ll input my password here. 

It looks like the command successfully ran, so let’s double-check to make sure the AWS CLI is installed properly. To do this, I’ll run aws –version once again. And it looks like the version is installed and up to date so I’m good to go! 

If you’re having issues with the installation - for example, if the aws keyword returns a command not found error, you may want to double-check to see if you’re following the correct instructions for your operating system. Remember that these commands will be different for both Linux and Windows, so be sure to check the documentation. 

That’s all for this one - see you soon! 

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