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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:

  • First and foremost, create and use separate IAM users for working with EC2. DO NOT USE your standard root account credentials!

  • Use IAM roles if you need to delegate access to your EC2 account to other people for some temporary period of time. Do not share your user passwords and keys with anyone.

  • Use a standard and frequently deployed set of AMIs as they are tried and tested by AWS thoroughly.

  • Make sure that you understand the difference between instance store-backed and EBS-backed AMIs. Use the instance store with caution and remember that you are responsible for your data, so take adequate backups of it.

  • Don't create too many firewall rules on a single security group. Make sure that you apply the least permissive rules for your security groups.

  • Stop your instances when not in use. This will help you save up on costs as well.

  • Use tags to identify your EC2 instances. Tagging your resources is a good practice and...