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An excellent book for those who have often thought about learning AWS but were overwhelmed by options and where to start.
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 be amazed by how much you can accomplish with AWS!
1. Before you begin
1.1. Is this book for you?
1.2. Using this book
1.2.1. The main chapters
1.2.2. Hands-on Labs
1.2.3. Try It Now
1.3. Being immediately effective
1.4. Setting up your lab environment
1.5. Finding help
1.6. How AWS does it
1.6.1. The big picture
Part 1: The Core AWS Tools
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
2.4. Building an Ubuntu Linux web server
2.4.1. Installing the software
2.4.2. Creating the website
3. Provisioning a More Robust EC2 Website
3.1. Calculating Capacity Needs
3.2. Getting the Measure of EC2's Core Compute Services
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
3.5.4. Setting uo the WordPress filesystem
3.5.5. Testing your application
3.5.6. What’s next?
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
4.2.3. How to choose
4.3. Infrastructure 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. Populating the New Database
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
6. S3: Cheap and Fast File Storage
6.1. How does S3 work?
6.1.1. Creating an S3 bucker
6.1.2. 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
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
8. AWS Security - Working with IAM Users, Groups, and Roles
8.1. Defining the pieces of the IAM picture
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
9. Managing Growth
9.1. Estimating the true costs of your cloud project
9.2. Working with the TCO Calculator
10. Pushing Back Against the Chaos - Using Resource Tags
10.1. What are resource tags?
10.2. Working with resource tags
10.2.1. Create and apply a tag
10.2.2. Design a naming scheme
10.2.3. Search through your tagged resources
10.3. Leveraging resource tags
10.3.1. Using tags to track costs
11. CloudWatch - Monitoring AWS Resources for Fun and Profit
11.1. AWS Budgets
11.1.1. Creating a budget
11.1.2. Using tags with your budgets
11.2.1. CloudWatch billing alerts
11.2.2. CloudWatch usage alerts
12. Another Way to Play - the Command Line Interface
12.1. What is a CLI?
12.2. Why use a CLI?
12.3. Installing the AWS CLI
12.3.1. Windows MSI Installation
12.3.2. Bundled installer (Linux and OS X)
12.3.3. Python pip Installation (all operating systems)
12.3.4. Installing using Python pip (all OSs)
12.4. Configuring the AWS CLI
12.4.1. Choosing a region
12.4.2. Choosing an output format
12.4.3. Working with multiple AWS profiles
12.5. Using the help system
12.6. Using the CLI to administrate your AWS account resources
12.6.1. Launching a new EC2 instance using the CLI
Part 2: The AWS Power User: Optimizing Your Infrastructure
13. Keeping Ahead of User Demand
13.1. Automating High Availability
13.2. Cloud Computing
13.3. Elasticity vs Scalability
14. High Availability - Working with AWS Networking Tools
14.1. Organizing AWS resources within Virtual Private Clouds (VPC)
14.1.1. Creating a new VPC
14.2. Availability Zones and network subnets
14.2.1. Network design
14.2.2. TCP/IP addressing
14.2.3. NAT addressing
14.3. Deploying your website across two availability zones
15. High Availability - Load Balancing
15.1. What is Load Balancing?
15.2. Building a multi-zone load balancer
15.2.1. Launch four instances
15.2.2. Create a target group
15.2.3. Register instances in a target group
15.2.4. Create a load balancer and associate it with a security group
15.2.5. Associate the target with the load balancer
15.3. Testing the cluster
16. High Availability - Auto Scaling
16.1. Creating a launch configuration
16.2. Creating an auto scaling group
16.2.1. Integrating a load balancer
16.2.2. Configuring scaling policies
16.3. Cleaning up after yourself
17. High Availability - Content Delivery Networks
17.1. How does Amazon CloudFront work?
17.2. Creating a CloudFront distribution
17.2.1. SSL/TLS encryption
17.2.2. Other settings
17.2.3. CloudFront Costs
17.2.4. SSL/TLS certificates
17.2.5. Wrapping it all up
Part 3: Food for Thought: what else can AWS do for you?
18. Building Hybrid Infrastructure
18.1. Why go hybrid?
18.2. Hybrid storage solutions
18.2.1. S3 and Glacier
18.2.2. AWS Storage Gateway
18.2.3. AWS Snowball
18.3. Hybrid connectivity
18.3.1. AWS Direct Connect
18.3.2. The Hardware Virtual Private Gateway
18.3.3. AWS Directory Service
18.4. Disaster recovery
18.5. The Amazon EC2 Systems Manager
18.6. VMware integration
19. Cloud Automation - working with Elastic Beanstalk, Docker, and Lambda
19.1. AWS Elastic Beanstalk (what you don't see won't hurt you)
19.2. AWS EC2 Container Service (running Docker in the cloud)
19.3. AWS Lambda (going serverless)
19.3.1. The server is dead, long live serverless?
20. Everything Else (nearly)
20.2. Developer tools
20.2.5. API Gateway
20.3. Security and Authentication
20.3.1. WAF and Shield
20.5. Short cuts
20.5.1. AWS Quick Starts
20.5.2. Migration shortcuts
21. Never the End
21.1. Keeping up
21.2. Where to turn for help
21.4. Lab (the steroid overdose edition)
Appendix A: Connect to Your EC2 Instance
A.1. Accessing from a Linux or OS X machine
A.2. Accessing from a Windows machine
About the Technology
Cloud computing has transformed the way we build and deliver software. With the Amazon Web Services cloud platform, you can trade expensive glass room hardware and custom infrastructure for virtual servers and easy-to-configure storage, security, and networking services. Better, because you don't own the hardware, you only pay for the computing power you need! Just learn a few key ideas and techniques and you can have applications up and running in AWS in minutes.
About the book
Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches gets you started with AWS fast. In just 21 bite-size lessons, you'll learn the concepts and practical techniques you need to deploy and manage applications. You'll learn by doing real-world labs that guide you from the core AWS tool set through setting up security and storage and planning for growth. You'll even deploy a public-facing application that's highly available, scalable, and load balanced.
- First steps with AWS - no experience required
- Deploy web apps using EC2, RDS, S3, and Route 53
- Cheap and fast system backups
- Setting up cloud automation
About the reader
If you know your way around Windows or Linux and have a basic idea of how web applications work, you're ready to start using AWS.
About the author
David Clinton is a system administrator, teacher, and writer. He has administered, written about, and created training materials for many important technology subjects including Linux systems, cloud computing (AWS in particular), and container technologies like Docker. Many of his video training courses can be found on Pluralsight.com, and links to his other books (on Linux administration and server virtualization) can be found at https://bootstrap-it.com.
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An easy read and straight to the point. A great foundation for every AWS user.
A must-read for anyone who wants a robust and practical start with AWS.
A friendly tutorial on what's essential to know in today's cloud/DevOps world.