Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches
David Clinton
  • MEAP began November 2016
  • Publication in Summer 2017 (estimated)
  • ISBN 9781617294440
  • 300 pages (estimated)
  • printed in black & white

Amazon Web Services is, by all metrics, the giant of the cloud computing world. Not only does it dominate in terms of user adoption and market share, but its innovative and highly integrated services have defined the way networked digital services are delivered. AWS gives you the networking, compute, and security services you need without making you pay for anything you're not actually using. And you can access gold standard infrastructure elements and have them running your application in minutes. With almost a hundred individual AWS services, putting all the pieces together is not a simple thing. That's where this book can help.

Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches guides you through the process of building a robust and secure web application using the core AWS services you really need to know. You'll start by getting your own AWS-based web server running in just a few minutes. Then, piece by piece, you'll learn to add in more advanced functionality and efficiency. The book's second part introduces you to some of the more theoretical concepts of virtualization and high availability as they relate to AWS, along with many of the more specialized AWS services. When you're done, you'll be comfortable with the basics, and know exactly where to look when you're ready for more. You'll be amazed by how much you can accomplish with AWS!

Table of Contents detailed table of contents

1. Before you begin

1.1. The Cloud

1.2. Is this book for you?

1.3. Using this book

1.3.1. The main chapters

1.3.2. Hands-on Labs

1.3.3. Try It Now

1.3.4. Supplementary Materials

1.4. How they do it

1.5. Setting up your lab environment

1.6. Being immediately effective

1.7. Finding help

1.8. Definitions

Part 1: The Core AWS Toolset

2. The Ten Minute EC2 Webserver

2.1. What is EC2 and what does it do?

2.2. Launching an AWS Instance

2.3. Accessing your AWS instance

2.3.1. Using SSH (the "Secure SHell" protocol)

2.3.2. Accessing from a Linux or OS X machine

2.3.3. Accessing from a Windows machine

2.4. Building an Ubuntu Linux web server

2.4.1. Installing the software

2.4.2. Creating the website

2.5. Lab

2.6. Definitions

2.7. Command line review

3. Provisioning a More Robust EC2 Website

3.1. Calculating Capacity Needs

3.2. Getting the Measure of EC2's Core Compute Services

3.2.1. vCPU

3.2.2. EBS

3.2.3. Memory

3.2.4. Bandwidth

3.3. Assessing your Application

3.4. Choosing the Right Instance for Your Project

3.4.1. Instance Type Families

3.5. Adding WordPress

3.5.1. Prepare the Server

3.5.2. Prepare MySQL

3.5.3. Download and Configure WordPress

3.6. Lab

3.7. Definitions

3.8. Command line review

4. Databases on AWS

4.1. The Database

4.2. Choosing the Right Database Model

4.2.1. Relational Databases

4.2.2. NoSQL Databases

4.3. Application Design: where does your database belong?

4.4. Estimating Costs

4.5. Migrate Your Database to RDS

4.5.1. Creating a MySQL Dump

4.6. Building an Amazon RDS Instance

4.7. Configure Security Group Settings

4.8. Populate the New Database

4.9. Lab

4.10. Definitions

5. DNS - What's in a Name

5.1. Adding a name to public indexes

5.2. Configuring your hosted zone

5.2.1. Configuring Record Sets

5.2.2. Elastic IP addresses

5.3. Routing policies

5.3.1. Create a health check

5.3.2. Create a routing policy

5.4. Lab

5.5. Definitions

6. S3: Cheap and Fast File Storage

6.1. How does S3 work?

6.1.1. Uploading files to an S3 bucket

6.2. Integrating S3 resources into an EC2-based website

6.3. Using S3 to create a simple static website

6.4. Lab

6.5. Definitions

7. S3: Cheap and Fast System Backups

7.1. Why back up?

7.1.1. Your AWS account: what might go wrong?

7.2. How to back up to S3: Snapshots

7.2.1. Create a snapshot

7.2.2. Create an image

7.2.3. Use an image to recreate an instance

7.3. How to back up to S3: manual process

7.3.1. Choosing what to back up

7.3.2. Generate a compressed archive

7.3.3. Install the AWS CLI

7.4. Lab

7.5. Definitions

8. AWS Security - Working with IAM Users, Groups, and Roles

8.1. Defining the pieces of the IAM picture

8.1.1. Policies

8.1.2. Users

8.1.3. Groups

8.1.4. Roles

8.1.5. Best Practices

8.2. IAM-ifying an AWS account

8.2.1. Creating an admin user

8.2.2. Signing in as an IAM user

8.2.3. Locking down the root

8.2.4. Creating and configuring a group

8.3. Lab

8.4. Definitions

9. Managing Growth

9.1. Estimating the true costs of your cloud project

9.2. Working with the TCO Calculator

9.3. Definitions

10. Pushing Back on Chaos: Using Resource Tags

11. Cloud Watch: Monitoring AWS Resources for Fun and Profit

12. Another Way to Play: The Command Line Interface

Part 2: The AWS Power User: Optimizing Your Infrastructure

13. Keeping up With User Demand

14. High Availability: Cross Zone Replication

15. High Availability: Load Balancing

16. High Availability: Auto Scaling

17. High Availability: Content Delivery Networks

18. Building Hybrid Infrastructure

Part 3: Food for Thought: what else can AWS do for you?

19. Deployment Automation

20. Everything Else: Other AWS Services

21. Your Next Steps

What's inside

  • Using the AWS cloud with your projects
  • Pros and cons of AWS over local server deployments
  • Building secure and reliable application infrastructures
  • Integrating AWS storage, database, and networking services
  • Creating accurate AWS cost analyses

About the reader

This book is for developers, system administrators, or anyone looking for an introduction to using AWS cloud. A basic understanding of TCP/IP networking is helpful, but not required.

About the author

David Clinton is a System Administrator and Linux Server Professional with years of experience teaching IT subjects. He's the author of Practical LPIC-1 Linux Certification Study Guide, and a guide to the LPIC-3 Linux Server Virtualization and High Availability certification. David has created video courses on Linux administration, Amazon Web Services, and server security for Pluralsight.


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