Amazon Web Services (AWS) Fundamentals for System Administrators

Learn the essential skillset required to build a cost-effective, scalable, and reliable infrastructure on the AWS platform.
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(992)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 10, 2015
Duration
7h 19m
Table of contents
Getting Started
Introduction to AWS
Understanding AWS Global Infrastructure
Understanding AWS Security Measures
The AWS Free Tier
Working with AWS Storage: Ephemeral and S3
Working with AWS Storage: EBS and Glacier
AWS Compute Options
Understanding EC2 Pricing
Understanding AWS Networking, CloudWatch, and Auto Scaling
Amazon Database Options, APIs, and Lambda
Amazon Simple Services
CloudFront, CloudFormation, Elastic Beanstalk, and CloudTrail
Description
Course info
Rating
(992)
Level
Beginner
Updated
Sep 10, 2015
Duration
7h 19m
Description

Hello! My name is Elias Khnaser, and welcome to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Fundamentals for System Administrators. In this course, you will learn the core AWS skills and concepts needed to begin working with AWS and to achieve AWS certification. You will get there by learning major topics like understanding the AWS global infrastructure, learning how to work with AWS storage, and exploring CloudFront, CloudFormation, Elastic Beanstalk, and CloudTrail. By the end of this course, you will be able to build a cost-effective, scalable, and reliable infrastructure on the AWS platform. To get the most from this course, make sure you are already familiar with the basics of cloud computing, in particular infrastructure as a service (IAAS), as well as Microsoft and Linux essentials, including DNS and DHCP, networking essentials, virtualization, and storage. After this course, you’ll be ready to move on to more advanced topics like AWS Certified SysOps Administrator and AWS Certified Solutions Architect. I hope you’ll join me, and I look forward to helping you on your learning journey here at Pluralsight.

About the author
About the author

Elias Khnaser is an author, speaker, and IT consultant specializing in Microsoft, Citrix, and VMware virtualization technologies.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Getting Started
If you would have asked me many, many years ago if I ever thought I'd be doing a certification course on Amazon, I would be like the online bookstore? What are you, crazy? But Amazon has come such a long way from just being an online bookstore. It's become an empire of different services, specifically when it comes to cloud. It is the 800-pound gorilla in the room. It is the name for public cloud. And the certification for Amazon Web Services is the hottest certification, the hottest cloud certification that's out there. When customer and friends say hey, where do I start with cloud? I'm like start with AWS. Not just to learn AWS, but because it gives you such a great overview of that great user experience that you should get in the cloud, everything else becomes easier after that. Hi, my name's Elias Khnaser, and welcome to Amazon Web Service (AWS) Fundamentals for System Administrators. You're watching the Getting Started module.

Understanding AWS Networking, CloudWatch, and Auto Scaling
You know, the way I get hooked on a particular technology, or the way I start to really, really like it, it only takes one small feature. Well, maybe not too small, but one feature that gets me hooked. With VMware, that was VMotion. With AWS, I'm beginning to think it's Auto Scaling. Auto Scaling is this magical thing where you can configure an environment where there's, if there's load, you can automagically add new instances to support that load and then shrink back that environment when that load goes away. That's a really cool concept that we're going to cover in this module. Welcome to Pluralsight. This Elias Khnaser, and you're watching Understanding AWS Networking, CloudWatch, and Auto Scaling.

Amazon Database Options, APIs, and Lambda
There's no way we can talk about the cloud without talking about databases. I mean databases are essentially the engines that run all of the applications. So in this module, what we're going to do is we're going to focus on the Amazon database options, we're going to talk about APIs, and we're going to talk about a new compute service called Lambda, which allows you to automatically execute your code against the compute platform. Really, really cool stuff. Hi, I'm Elias Khnaser, and you're watching Amazon Database Options, APIs, and Lambda.

Amazon Simple Services
You know, when you start looking at the services that Amazon offers, at some point during this course you were probably saying well I already have this or I already can do this or, well, why do I need this? And I think as you started to progress through the course you started to notice that hey, the abstraction layer that became very popular with server virtualization, that abstraction layer is now affecting me. I am being abstracted from the complexities of my own doing, essentially, of my own environment. That is the beauty of Amazon. Everything that we've talked about so far you can do, and you probably are doing yourself. The question is how quickly can you do it, how effectively can you do it, and how cost effectively can you do it? So not just effectively from a technology perspective, from a technical perspective, but also from a cost perspective and how quickly can you do it? How seamlessly can you do it? In this module, we're going to talk about three new services. Well, not new in the form of they're new to Amazon, but new as far as this course is concerned, and they all begin with the word simple, and they end with the word services. So we're going to talk about the three Amazon simple services, I call them, which are the Simple Email Service, the Simple Queue Service, and the Simple Notification Service, SES, SNS, and SQS. Hi, I'm Elias Khnaser, and welcome to Amazon Simple Services.

CloudFront, CloudFormation, Elastic Beanstalk, and CloudTrail
You know, if I start talking to you about websites and tell you that hey, we've just launched this website, and we want to make it available worldwide, and we want to make it available fast, that's not a very interesting topic for you probably. You're probably like you know what? Sure. I mean we can build redundancies. We can put web servers in different places around the world in order for it to be accessible. Not really cool, right? I mean we've done that, been there, done that a million times before, so it's not really interesting. Well, what if I told you in this module I'm going to take this very uninteresting topic at this point in time and make it cool? If you're ready, we're going to be talking about that and a lot of other cool stuff in this module. Hi, I'm Elias Khnaser, and you're watching CloudFront, CloudFormation, Elastic Beanstalk, and CloudTrail.