AWS Step-by-Step

Monitoring Configuration Changes with AWS Config

The AWS cloud's flexibility is one of its biggest assets, but it also presents management challenges for companies with large deployments or multiple administrators. In such instances, AWS Config is an indispensable tool for getting a handle on cloud resources.

Moving Large Volumes of Data to Amazon S3 with Snowball

In general, public cloud vendors are well-suited to running large-scale workloads. But what about migrating them?

Getting Started with Amazon Simple Notification Service

While Amazon SNS can be used as a text messaging engine, it also has less obvious uses that you can leverage in your own applications. Brien walks through a few of them.

Monitoring EC2 Instances with Amazon CloudWatch

You wouldn't let VMs running in your datacenter go unchecked. The same goes for VMs in the cloud. Brien shows how to use AWS' CloudWatch tool to ensure these instances perform as intended.

Creating Alarms for Auto-Scaled AWS Workloads

It's easy enough to create an auto-scaling group in AWS, but how exactly does AWS know when a workload needs to be scaled? As Brien demonstrates, the entire process is based on alarms.

Auto Scaling Your AWS Workloads

One of the challenges of operating a workload at scale is ensuring that it uses the right number of instances. Fortunately, AWS has an auto scaler that can automatically run a workload on the optimal number of instances. Here's how to set it up.

How To Attach Extra Storage to an EC2 Instance

In the world of physical servers, it's rare for a server to have only a single hard drive -- and yet, default AWS instances usually only contain a single virtual hard disk. Fortunately, there is a way to attach additional virtual hard disks to an AWS instance.

Working with AWS Bucket Policies

By default, AWS storage buckets are relatively permissive. While you can exert more control over them by implementing bucket policies, the catch is that AWS doesn't provide a point-and-click process for this.

Taking Control of Your AWS Billing

AWS provides tools that let admins not only track down unexpected costs, but also prevent billing surprises -- like the unexpected charge that Brien found on his credit card recently -- from happening in the first place.

How To Use AWS Storage Buckets

One of the primary storage structures in Amazon S3 is the bucket. When it comes to creating one, there are two important things to know.

Extending Active Directory to the AWS Cloud

Making on-premises Active Directory available to resources in the AWS cloud involves using the AD Connector option and a gateway VPN connection.

Deploying a Cloud-Based Active Directory Using AWS

Rather than manually provision an Active Directory environment, you can use AWS' automated setup process.

Curb VM Sprawl by Putting AWS Tags to Work

One of the most effective ways to prevent sprawl is to keep track of who created each VM, when and why. In AWS, you can apply this information to each VM instance using tags.

Preparing the AWS Command Line for a Windows Environment

The method for installing and preparing AWS CLI varies from one operating system to another. Here's how to deploy it for Windows.

Creating and Logging In to a Windows VM in AWS

Don't be fooled. While it sounds rudimentary, the process of deploying an Amazon EC2 virtual machine can be disorienting if you're coming from a native Windows Server environment.

Monitoring the Status of Your Amazon EC2 Instances

While automatic status checks are default in AWS, the actions to take in response to failed status checks are not. Fix this problem by creating a "status check alarm."

Load Balancing a Web Application in Amazon EC2

Workload scaling and load balancing are core functions of Amazon's flagship cloud service. Brien walks you through the process of creating and configuring a load balancer in AWS.

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