AWS for Administrators
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AWS for Administrators

Get started with building the key administration skills needed for a robust and resilient cloud experience
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Created by Packt Publishing
Last updated 7/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Get to grips with Identity and Access Management and know how to create users, groups, and roles
  • Use Cloud Watch to monitor default and custom key performance metrics
  • Understand how to log access and configuration changes for AWS deployments
  • Deploy and update your infrastructure and applications in AWS
  • Discover techniques to keep your data and applications secure using the newest services from AWS
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  • Some knowledge of AWS cloud concepts would be helpful.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a bundled remote computing service that provides cloud computing infrastructure over the Internet with storage, bandwidth, and customized support for application programming interfaces (API).

This course will help you to efficiently deploy and manage key AWS services. You will start by creating and managing users, groups, and permissions. You will then also learn to effectively monitor your AWS environment while working with AWS storage. The course will help you understand and build AWS networking solutions and also apply and implement the right compute option to meet your organization’s needs.

Using a simple real-world application of a hosting example, you will be guided through core AWS services. After finishing the course, you will be able to manage and maintain tools to automate operational tasks and effectively perform operation and administration tasks.

About the Author

Wayde Gilchrist started moving customers of his IT consulting business into the cloud and away from traditional hosting environments in 2010. In addition to consulting, he delivers AWS training for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, and international consulting firms. When he is not out visiting customers, he delivers training virtually from his home in Florida.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for administrators, and Cloud and DevOps Engineers who are taking the first step towards managing and administering AWS-based deployments. Those preparing for the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator course will also find it useful.
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
Getting Set Up
5 Lectures 13:12
This video provides an overview of the entire course.
Preview 02:54

In order to follow along with the on-screen examples, you should open a free AWS Account. Let's see how to do that.

Opening an AWS Account

For the first year of your AWS Account, there are many things you can do for free. We will discuss what these are and how to avoid accruing any charges.

The Free Tier

The AWS Management Console is the easiest way to launch AWS services. In this video, we will show you how to navigate the console, access your billing information, and switch regions.

The Management Console

The aim of this video is to discuss the installation of command-line interface on Windows, Linux, and Mac machines and verify that the installation is proper.

AWS Command Line Tools
Granting User Access
3 Lectures 21:32

A new AWS account comes with a default Master User. This user has full privileges for all AWS services and cannot be revoked without deleting the entire account. The best way to keep an AWS account from getting compromised is by limiting its use.

Preview 06:45

Unless you have only one person who needs AWS access in your organization, you will need to grant privileges to others to use your AWS Account. AWS provides the Identity and Access Management Service (IAM) to allow you to create Users and Groups and assign permissions to them.

Identity and Access Management

Although AWS provides a simple web interface for interacting with their services, many administrators prefer to work from the command line. Also, with the availability of a Command-Line Interface, you can create simple BASH or Shell scripts for automating common administration tasks.

Using the AWS CLI
Granting Permissions without Creating Users
3 Lectures 16:43

Sometimes you may need to give an IAM user temporary access to resources in your account. IAM roles can provide other users, even in other AWS accounts, temporary access.

Preview 05:25

It’s not just people who need permissions for the AWS Service APIs. It’s also your applications that interact with AWS Services. For example, putting an object in S3 or querying a DynamoDB table. Some AWS Services themselves, such as Elastic Beanstalk, need to interact with other services as well.

Instance and Service Roles

Many enterprise AWS customers use Active Directory or other LDAP compatible directory services to authenticate users on their network.

Identity Federation
Logging and Monitoring
3 Lectures 14:58

The ease with which infrastructure and services can be configured and deployed on AWS means that sometimes administrators are not completely aware of the configuration changes that are made by other users in their account. This can lead to misconfigurations, compliance issues and outages.

Preview 04:52

System administrators need clear visibility into the performance of their AWS resources. Real-time monitoring is needed to take action that can avert system outages before they occur.

Real-Time Monitoring

Administrators and security professionals need proof that their infrastructure and data are secure. Fortunately, AWS provides additional logs that record access to our systems and data.

Access Logging
Cloud Deployments
3 Lectures 18:57

Manual infrastructure deployments are not easily repeatable and are often unreliable. Documenting the infrastructure and maintaining a history of changes can be a laborious process when done manually.
Fortunately, CloudFormation provides a way to deploy AWS resources from a text file known as a CloudFormation Template.

Preview 07:34

To support automatic launching from services such as Autoscaling and CloudFormation, EC2 instances need to be self-configuring.

AMIs and Bootstrapping

Deploying updates to applications without disrupting users can be a particular challenge. In this video, we will look at deploying applications.

Application Deployment
Protecting Your Assets
3 Lectures 18:07

Communications with AWS often takes place over the internet, so transferring data between your data center and AWS requires protections against accidental disclosure, modification, or attacks such as man-in-the-middle.

Preview 05:20

Many security compliance requirements require data to be stored in the encrypted format. AWS enables several options to make this a simple task.

Encrypting Data at Rest

The most damaging attacks occur at the application level. There are several exploits commonly used to cripple a web application or gain access to secure data. With application level attacks, encryption is of no help. One solution is to filter out malicious attacks with the help of a Web Application Firewall.

Protecting Your Applications
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