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AWS™ Systems Operations
Overview

This course covers the duties of those who are responsible for implementing, managing, and maintaining a computer systems and networking architecture in the Amazon Web Services cloud environment platform. Amazon Web Services supports an array of cloud service models, including Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service, and Software-as-a-Service. The course provides students with the tools and knowledge they need to support existing cloud resources incorporated in these service models, or on-premises resources that will eventually migrate to the cloud.

Ultimately, Amazon Web Services enables businesses and other organizations to offload a great deal of computing infrastructure to the cloud. This can reduce operational costs, provide access to powerful emerging technologies, and streamline management of that infrastructure. The AWS™ Systems Operations course prepares students to support these advantages in their day-to-day operational duties.

Learning Objectives

In this course, you will operate Internet-accessible virtual servers hosted on the Amazon Web Services platform that adhere to best practices for monitoring, security, and availability.

You will:
  • Configure virtual servers using Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2™).
  • Configure virtual networks using Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC™).
  • Manage data storage in Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Simple Storage Service (S3), and more.
  • Manage databases like Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and DynamoDB™.
  • Apply best security practices to data, software, and other AWS resources.
  • Manage identity and access in AWS.
  • Deploy and provision AWS resources using tools like CloudFormation.
  • Monitor AWS resources using Amazon CloudWatch.
  • Monitor and manage billing to optimize cost.
  • Optimize the performance of AWS components using tools like Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) and Trusted Advisor.
Target Student:

This course is designed for system administrators and other IT practitioners who will be implementing, supporting, and maintaining Amazon Web Services in their organizations.

This course is also designed for students who are seeking the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator—Associate Level certification and who want to prepare for the requisite exam.


Prerequisites

To ensure your success in this course, you should have experience with the features provided by Amazon Web Services. You can obtain this level of skills and knowledge by taking the AWS™ Fundamentals course.

In addition, you should also have a background in IT, preferably in systems administration. You should have a basic knowledge of common networking protocols like TCP/IP and have experience maintaining operating systems in both a Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® command-line environment. A fundamental knowledge of key information security concepts is also recommended. To obtain this level of skills and knowledge, you can take the following courses:
  • CompTIA® A+®: A Comprehensive Approach (Exams 220-901 and 220-902)
  • CompTIA® Network+® (Exam N10-006)
  • CompTIA® Security+® (Exam SY0-401)
  • CompTIA® Linux+™ Powered by LPI (Exams LX0-103 and LX0-104)
Course-specific Technical Requirements

Hardware:

For this course, you will need one computer for each student and one for the instructor. Each computer will need the following minimum hardware configurations:
  • 2 gigabytes (GB) of Random Access Memory (RAM)
  • 50 GB storage drive
  • Monitor capable of a screen resolution of at least 1,024 x 768 pixels
  • Display adapter
  • Bootable DVD-ROM and/or USB drive
  • Keyboard and mouse (or other pointing device)
  • Network cards and cabling for local network access
  • Internet access (contact your local network administrator)
  • Projection system to display the instructor's computer screen
Software:
  • Microsoft® Windows® 10 64-bit with sufficient licenses.
  • Windows 10 requires activation unless you have volume-licensing agreements. There is a grace period for activation. If the duration of your class will exceed the activation grace period (for example, if you are teaching the class over the course of an academic semester), you should activate the installations at some point before the grace period expires. Otherwise, the operating system may stop working before the class ends.
  • A web browser of your choice. Consult the AWS Management Console FAQ to see which browsers are supported (https://aws.amazon.com/console/faqs/).
  • The AWS CLI.
  • PuTTY version 0.67 and its companion utilities (putty-0.67-installer.msi).
  • PuTTY is distributed with the course data files under the MIT License.
  • Bro version 2.5 (bro-2.5.tar.gz).
  • Bro is distributed with the course data files under the BSD License.
  • If necessary, software for viewing the course slides. (Instructor machine only.)
Course duration

4 Days

Course outline

Lesson 1: Configuring Virtual Servers
  • Topic A: Create an EC2 Instance
  • Topic B: Configure an EC2 Instance
Lesson 2: Configuring Virtual Networks
  • Topic A: Create an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud
  • Topic B: Configure VPCs
  • Topic C: Implement Domain Name Services in VPC
  • Topic D: Implement VPC Peering
Lesson 3: Managing Data Storage
  • Topic A: Manage Elastic Block Store
  • Topic B: Manage Elastic File System Storage
  • Topic C: Manage Simple Storage Service
  • Topic D: Distribute Stored Content with CloudFront
Lesson 4: Managing Databases
  • Topic A: Manage Relational Database Service
  • Topic B: Manage DynamoDB
  • Topic C: Implement Database Caching with ElastiCache
Lesson 5: Securing AWS Resources
  • Topic A: Incorporate Security Policies in AWS
  • Topic B: Secure Data
  • Topic C: Secure Operating Systems and Applications
  • Topic D: Secure Network Infrastructure
  • Topic E: Prepare for Security Assessments
Lesson 6: Managing Identity and Access
  • Topic A: Manage AWS Accounts and IAM Users
  • Topic B: Control Access through Security Groups
  • Topic C: Implement Network ACLs
Lesson 7: Deploying AWS Resources
  • Topic A: Plan Application Deployments
  • Topic B: Deploy Infrastructure with CloudFormation
  • Topic C: Deploy and Manage Applications with Elastic Beanstalk
  • Topic D: Manage the Stack with OpsWorks
Lesson 8: Monitoring AWS Resources
  • Topic A: Monitor Resources with CloudWatch
  • Topic B: Configure Alarms for CPU, Disk, and Network Usage
  • Topic C: Configure Alarms for Memory Usage
  • Topic D: Monitor Additional AWS Resources
Lesson 9: Monitoring and Managing Billing
  • Topic A: Monitor Billing
  • Topic B: Optimize Cost
Lesson 10: Optimizing Performance
  • Topic A: Select Remedies for Performance Issues
  • Topic B: Implement ELB
  • Topic C: Implement Trusted Advisor
Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to AWS Certified SysOps Administrator—Associate Level.

 
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