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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


In this chapter, you learned how to get started with AWS by creating a free account and establishing a root user for your account. You learned how to secure root access using multi-factor authentication, and then created a number of IAM resources that are required to administer your account. You first created an administrative IAM role called admin, and then created an Administrators group which you assigned the single permission of being permitted to assume your administrative IAM role. This approach of assuming roles is the recommend and best practice method of administering AWS, and supports more complex multi-account topologies where you can host all of your IAM users in one account and assume administrative roles in other accounts.

You then created a Users group and assigned a managed policy that forces a requirement for multi-factor authentication (MFA) for any user belonging to that group. MFA should be considered a mandatory security requirement these days for any organization...