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AWS Administration - The Definitive Guide

By : Yohan Wadia, Naveen Kumar Vijayakumar
Book Image

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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Getting started with CloudWatch

In this section, we are going to carry out two tasks. First up, we will check out some simple steps, using which you will be able to create your very first billing alarm, followed by creating a few simple alarms for an instance using both the AWS Management Console as well as the AWS CLI. So, without further ado let's get started on some CloudWatch!

Monitoring your account's estimate charges using CloudWatch

CloudWatch provides a really simple alarm setup using which you as an end user can monitor your account's estimated costs and usage. To work with this, you need to log in to your AWS account as the root user and not as an IAM user, even if you are the administrator. I know I'm not following my own rules here by using the root user, but hey, that's what AWS says! Log in to your AWS account using your root credentials. Once logged in, select the Billing & Cost Management option highlighted under your account's name, as shown in the following screenshot...