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AWS Administration - The Definitive Guide

By : Yohan Wadia, Naveen Kumar Vijayakumar
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AWS Administration - The Definitive Guide

By: Yohan Wadia, Naveen Kumar Vijayakumar

Overview of this book

AWS is at the forefront of Cloud Computing today. Many businesses are moving away from traditional datacenters and toward AWS because of its reliability, vast service offerings, lower costs, and high rate of innovation. Because of its versatility and flexible design, AWS can be used to accomplish a variety of simple and complicated tasks such as hosting multitier websites, running large scale parallel processing, content delivery, petabyte storage and archival, and lots more. Whether you are a seasoned sysadmin or a rookie, this book will provide you with all the necessary skills to design, deploy, and manage your applications on the AWS cloud platform. The book guides you through the core AWS services such as IAM, EC2, VPC, RDS, and S3 using a simple real world application hosting example that you can relate to. Each chapter is designed to provide you with the most information possible about a particular AWS service coupled with easy to follow hands-on steps, best practices, tips, and recommendations. By the end of the book, you will be able to create a highly secure, fault tolerant, and scalable environment for your applications to run on.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
AWS Administration – The Definitive Guide
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Recommendations and best practices

Here are a few key takeaways from this chapter:

  • Get rid of the Root Account, use IAM wherever necessary. Hide away the Root key and avoid using it unless it's the end of the world!

  • Create a separate IAM users for your organization, each with their own sets of access and Secret Keys. DO NOT SHARE YOUR KEYS OR PASSWORDS! Sharing such things is never a good idea and can cause serious implications and problems.

  • Create separate administrators for each of the AWS services that you use.

  • Use roles and groups to assign individual IAM users permissions. Always employ the least privilege approach wherein a particular group or role has the least amount of privileges assigned to it. Provide only the required level of access and permissions that the task demands.

  • Leverage multi-factor authentication (MFA) wherever possible. Although passwords are good, they are still not the best option when it comes to authenticating users at times.

  • Rotate your passwords and keys on a periodic...