Amazon EC2 Master Class (with Auto Scaling & Load Balancer)
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Amazon EC2 Master Class (with Auto Scaling & Load Balancer)

Be an AWS EC2 expert. Learn AutoScaling, AWS Load Balancing, EBS Volume, Network, VPC Security Group, EC2 Instance Types
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  • 5 hours on-demand video
  • 6 articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • You'll be able to fully deploy an application on EC2 at the best cost
  • You will be able to pick the perfect EC2 Instance for your Application
  • You'll be able to fully deploy an application on EC2 with a Load Balancer
  • You'll be able to fully deploy an application on EC2 that Auto Scales
  • You will know all the moving parts of EC2 and become an EC2 expert
  • You will know about some of the most recent EC2 features!
  • !! This course only deals with EC2 running Linux, not Windows!!
  • Basic Knowledge of AWS is better, but not necessary
  • Basic Knowledge of computing / applications is preferred
  • Basic Knowledge of Linux is preferred (we'll run a few Linux commands)
  • Any Mac / Linux / Windows machine
  • Lots of desire to learn new exciting things!

AWS EC2 is the fundamental core component that every AWS Professional should know about.

If you know nothing about EC2 or feel you could learn more, this course if for you!
I guarantee you'll learn something on EC2 you wish you knew all this time.

In this course, we are going to explore in depth, with hands-on lectures, all the components of Amazon EC2, including the most recent components such as Application Load Balancer and newer options for Auto Scaling!

In just a few hours, you will know everything you need to know about EC2 and seamlessly deploy your applications in the best possible way, with the optimal configuration, resiliency, and cost efficiency.

In this course, we are going to put all the concepts learned into action using the Course Companion Application. This application mimics what a real-life application would look like and expose great behaviour for learning!


Amazon EC2 Master Class is the best way to get a great overview of all the possibilities offered by AWS EC2:

> Learn EC2 and master all its concepts
> Go through Hands On examples to practice what we learned with the companion course app
> Learn how to choose the best EC2 Instance Type for your application and workload
> Learn how to properly use the newer Application Load Balancers
> Learn how to properly use the newer policies for Auto Scaling
> Get a great understanding of advanced rules in Security Groups for optimal security 
> So much more!

Note: This course assumes you have some knowledge about Linux, and we will not be using Windows EC2 instances.


Stephane Maarek is the instructor of this course. He is an AWS Certified Solutions Architect, and the author of the highly-rated AWS CloudFormation and AWS Lambda course on Udemy. He has already taught to 40000+ students and received 12000+ reviews.

He shares all his AWS knowledge on the platform, taking the time to explain every concept and provide students with both theoretical and practical dimensions. You are in good hands!

Section outline:

  • AWS EC2 Course Introduction: Get an understand of the course objectives, how the course is structured, download the course code and get ready!

  • Amazon EC2 Basics: Learn the basics of EC2, such as instances, SSH, Security Groups, Private vs Public IPv4, EC2 User Data, and EC2 Pricing

  • EC2 Machine Images (AMI): Learn about AMIs, build your own custom AMI for this course that will have our course application ready to go!

  • Choosing the right EC2 Instance Type: Learn valuable knowledge into choosing the best EC2 Instance for your application. Learn how CPU, RAM, Network, IO and GPU are used in common applications. Learn about M, T2 instances, and T2 Unlimited. This section is priceless!

  • Network and Security in EC2: Learn how to create your perfect security group, properly leveraging CIDR and IP ranges, Security Group to Security Group rules, Elastic IP, and EC2 placement groups.

  • Elastic Load Balancing (ELB): Learn the fundamental concepts behind Load Balancing in AWS EC2. Learn about the 3 kind of load balancers available in Amazon EC2, and setup them up properly in hands-on lectures. 

  • Auto Scaling Groups (ASG): Setup an Auto Scaling Group, directly linked to our Application Load Balancer. Observe manual scaling behaviour. Setup and Configure Auto Scaling for our application using the old and new policies. 

  • EBS (Elastic Block Stores): Learn what is EBS, the benefits it provides, and the various type of drives you have access to in AWS. Learn how to create them, attach them, resize them, and snapshot your EBS drives. 

  • EC2 Running Modes (cost saving): Learn the differences between the 4 running modes of EC2: On Demand, Reserved Instances, Spot Instances and Dedicated Hosts. 

This Course Also Comes With:

✔ Lifetime Access to All Future Updates

✔ A responsive instructor in the Q&A Section

✔ Links to interesting articles, and lots of good code to base your next template onto

✔ Udemy Certificate of Completion Ready for Download

✔ A 30 Day "No Questions Asked" Money Back Guarantee!

This is the course that could change your AWS skills.  

Learning and getting hands-on on AWS EC2 helps you to enhance your career opportunities and helps to boost your income. An investment in your career is an investment in yourself.  Don’t procrastinate. There is no time like the present to take charge of your career. Take your career to the next level by learning AWS EC2 today!

Take the course now, completely risk free !

Who this course is for:
  • Developers who want to learn about AWS EC2 and how to deploy their applications to it
  • DevOps who want to learn how to deploy and maintain EC2 fleets, Auto Scaling Groups and Load Balancers
  • Solutions Architect who want to understand how to design and run an application in EC2, fully leveraging all the components and ensuring the cost remains minimal
Course content
Expand all 63 lectures 05:02:43
+ Course Introduction
4 lectures 08:21

Learn the Course Objectives. We'll see the target AWS EC2 application we'll build, all using a load balancer, an auto scaling group and EC2 instances

Preview 02:17

Learn about how the course is structured and pre-requisites

Course Structure + Pre-requisites

Learn about Stephane Maarek, your instructor for this course

About your instructor

This course should be free of AWS charge if you're following along perfectly!

AWS Costs for this course - free tier !
+ Code Download
1 lecture 00:14

Download all the material for this course

Code Download
+ Amazon EC2 Basics
9 lectures 55:37

Learn what EC2 is at a high level

Preview 01:23
Update on Amazon Linux

Let's launch our first EC2 Linux Instance, step by step

Preview 09:36

Learn how to SSH to our EC2 instances using Mac or Linux, and learn about the ~/.ssh/config file

How to SSH into EC2 using Linux / Mac - Hands On

Learn how to SSH to our EC2 instances using Windows with Putty

How to SSH into EC2 using Windows - Hands On

Introduction lecture to security groups in AWS

Security Groups Intro

Learn the difference of Private vs Public IPs

Private vs Public IP Intro

Learn to use EC2 User Data for performing bootstrap actions on our EC2 Instance

EC2 User Data - Hands On

Learn about the EC2 Pricing

EC2 Pricing
7 questions
+ EC2 Machine Images (AMI)
6 lectures 33:28

Understand the roles of AMI in Amazon EC2

What's an AMI?

Hands On to create our first Amazon EC2 custom AMI

Preview 15:45

Learn about the application we will be using for this course

Course Application Deep Dive

Understand the benefits of using Public AMIs

Public AMIs

Learn where AMI are stored

AMI Storage

Learn the pricing of AMIs in AWS

AMI Pricing
3 questions
+ Choosing the right EC2 Instance Type
10 lectures 39:34

Get an overview of why there are different EC2 instances available

EC2 Instances Overview

Learn about RAM in EC2 and which applications use it

Preview 08:34

Learn about CPU in EC2 and which applications use it

CPU in EC2

Learn about IO in EC2 and which applications use it

IO in EC2

Learn about Network in EC2 and which applications use it

Network in EC2

Learn about GPU in EC2 and which applications use it

GPU in EC2

Learn about General Instances (M) in EC2

General Instances (M)

Learn about Burstable Instances (T2) in EC2

Burstable Instances (T2)

Learn about the benefits of using T2 Unlimited

T2 Unlimited

Summary of what we learned in this section

Section Summary
6 questions
+ Network and Security in EC2
6 lectures 43:17

Get an Overview of Security Groups in EC2

Security Groups Overview

Learn about the CIDR and how they related to IP ranges


Create and play with security groups in the AWS Cloud

Security Groups Hands On

Learn how to reference security groups as rules in your AWS Security Groups

Referencing Another Security Group - Hands On

Learn about Elastic IPs and the benefits they provide in AWS EC2

Elastic IPs

Learn about AWS Placement Groups and how they can help your application performance or high availability

Placement Groups
7 questions
+ Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)
7 lectures 40:10

Learn the fundamental concepts of load balancing in AWS EC2

Preview 04:28

Learn how to configure a Classic Load Balancer in EC2

Classic Load Balancer (v1 - old generation) - Hands On

Learn how to properly configure Health Check for ELB in EC2

Health Checks - Hands On

Learn how to configure an Application Load Balancer in EC2

Application Load Balancer (v2 - new generation) - Hands On

Learn about the concept of Network Load Balancers in EC2

Network Load Balancer (v2 - new generation)

Further reading to improve your load balancing skills

Additional Reading on Load Balancers

Learn how Load Balancers are Priced

Load Balancer Pricing
4 questions
+ Auto Scaling Groups (ASG)
6 lectures 36:23

Learn what Auto Scaling Groups (ASG) are in Amazon EC2

What is Auto Scaling?

Create your first Auto Scaling group and observe scaling actions (Part 1)

Auto Scaling Hands-On Part 1

Create your first Auto Scaling group and observe scaling actions (Part 2)

Auto Scaling Hands-On Part 2

Create your first Rule and Alarm to automatically Scale.
Load test our application

Auto Scaling Rules + Alarms

Auto Scaling Group newer kind of policies setup

Auto Scaling New Policies

Learn what the pricing of AutoScaling is 

Auto Scaling Pricing
3 questions
+ EBS (Elastic Block Stores)
6 lectures 26:59

Learn what EBS Volumes are

EBS Volumes

Learn about the different EBS Volume Types

EBS Volume Types (GP2, IO1, ST1, SC1)

Create and attach your first EBS Volume. Make it persistent at reboot

EBS Volume Creation Hands On

Hands On Lecture to learn how to resize our EBS volumes on the fly

EBS Volume Resizing Hands On

Hands On Lecture to learn how to create Snapshots in EBS and create new volumes from them

EBS Volume Snapshotting Hands On

Learn about the EBS Pricing for the different volume types

EBS Pricing
3 questions
+ EC2 Running Modes (cost saving)
4 lectures 14:59

Learn what are EC2 On Demand Instances

EC2 On Demand

Learn what are EC2 Reserved Instances (RI)

EC2 Reserved Instances

Learn what are EC2 Spot Instances

EC2 Spot Instances

Learn what are EC2 Dedicated Hosts

EC2 Dedicated Hosts
2 questions