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Docker on Amazon Web Services

By : Justin Menga
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Docker on Amazon Web Services

By: Justin Menga

Overview of this book

Over the last few years, Docker has been the gold standard for building and distributing container applications. Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a leader in public cloud computing, and was the first to offer a managed container platform in the form of the Elastic Container Service (ECS). Docker on Amazon Web Services starts with the basics of containers, Docker, and AWS, before teaching you how to install Docker on your local machine and establish access to your AWS account. You'll then dig deeper into the ECS, a native container management platform provided by AWS that simplifies management and operation of your Docker clusters and applications for no additional cost. Once you have got to grips with the basics, you'll solve key operational challenges, including secrets management and auto-scaling your infrastructure and applications. You'll explore alternative strategies for deploying and running your Docker applications on AWS, including Fargate and ECS Service Discovery, Elastic Beanstalk, Docker Swarm and Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS). In addition to this, there will be a strong focus on adopting an Infrastructure as Code (IaC) approach using AWS CloudFormation. By the end of this book, you'll not only understand how to run Docker on AWS, but also be able to build real-world, secure, and scalable container platforms in the cloud.
Table of Contents (26 chapters)
Title Page
Copyright and Credits
Packt Upsell

Logging in as the root account

After setting up and activating your account, you should be able to log in to the AWS console, which you can access at

After logging in with your root credentials, the first thing you should do is immediately enable MFA access. This provides an extra level of security, ensuring that if your username and password are compromised, an attacker cannot access your account without possession of your MFA device (in our example, that means the Google Authenticator application on your smart phone).

To enable MFA for your root account, select the drop-down that specifies your account name (in my case, this is docker-in-aws) and select My Security Credentials:

Accessing My Security Credentials

On the next prompt, click the Continue to Security Credentials button, expand the Multi-factor authentication (MFA) option on the Your Security Credentials page, and click the Activate MFA button:

The Your Security Credentials screen

In the...