Course Description

Systems Operations on AWS

Course Overview

This course is designed to teach those in a Systems Administrator or Development Operations (DevOps) role how to create automatable and repeatable deployments of networks and systems on the AWS Cloud. The course covers the specific AWS features and tools related to configuration and deployment, in addition to best practices for configuring and deploying systems.

  • Course level: Intermediate
  • Duration: 3 days


This course includes presentations, hands-on labs, demonstrations, and group exercises.

Course Objectives

In this course, you will learn to:

  • Understand the AWS infrastructures as it relates to system operations such as the global infrastructure, core services and account security
  • Use the AWS Command Line Interface, and understand additional administration and development tools
  • Manage, secure, and scale compute instances on AWS
  • Identify container services and services available for serverless computing
  • Build virtual private networks with Amazon VPC
  • Configure and manage storage options utilizing the storage services offered with AWS
  • Monitor the health of your infrastructure with services such as Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudTrail and AWS Config
  • Manage resource consumption in an AWS account using tags, Amazon CloudWatch, and AWS Trusted Advisor
  • Create and configure automated and repeatable deployments with tools such as AMIs and AWS CloudFormation

Intended Audience

This course is intended for:

  • Systems Administrators
  • Software Developers, especially those in a Developer Operations (DevOps) role


We recommend that attendees of this course have:

  • Successfully completed the AWS Technical Essentials classroom training
  • A background in either software development or systems administration
  • Proficiency in maintaining operating systems at the command line, such as shell scripting in Linux environments or cmd/PowerShell in Windows
  • Basic knowledge of networking protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP)

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Systems Operations on AWS Course Outline

Day 1

Module 1: Understanding systems operations on AWS

  • Systems Operations in the Cloud
  • AWS Global Infrastructure
  • Introduction to core services
  • AWS Account Security
  • AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Demonstration: Deploying a website

Module 2: Tooling and Automation

  • AWS Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • AWS System Manager
  • Additional administration and development tools
  • AWS Software Development Kit (SDK)
  • AWS Cloud Formation
  • AWS OpsWorks
  • Hands-on lab 1: Using AWS System Manager

Module 3: Computing (Servers)

  • Computing on AWS
  • Managing your AWS instances
  • Securing your AWS instances
  • AWS EC2 instance pricing
  • Hands-on lab 2: Creating Amazon EC2 instances

Module 4: Computing (scaling and name resolution)

  • Elastic load balancing
  • Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
  • Amazon Route 53
  • Hands-on lab 3: Using Auto Scaling in AWS
Day 2

Module 5: Computing (Containers and Serverless)

  • Containers on AWS
  • AWS Lambda
  • Amazon API Gateway
  • AWS Batch

Module 6: Computing (Database Services)

  • Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS)
  • Amazon Aurora
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • AWS Database Migration Services

Module 7: Networking

  • Networking and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • Securing your network
  • Troubleshooting networks in AWS
  • Hands-on lab 4: Configuring a Virtual Private Cloud (Windows & Linux)

Module 8: Storage and Archiving

  • Amazon Elastic Block Store ( Amazon EBS)
  • Amazon Store
  • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS)
  • Amazon Simple Storage Services (Amazon S3)
  • Amazon S3 Glacier
  • AWS Snowball
  • Hands-on lab 5: Managing Storage in AWS (Windows & Linux)
Day 3

Module 9: Monitoring and security

  • Amazon CloudWatch-Monitoring, Events, Logging
  • AWS Cloud Trail
  • AWS Configuration
  • Amazon GuardDuty
  • Hands-on lab 6: Monitoring your application and infrastructure with CloudWatch

Module 10: Managing resource consumption

  • Tagging
  • Cost reduction opportunities in the cloud
  • Cost monitoring and billing alarms
  • AWS Trusted Advisor
  • Hands-on lab 7: Managing resources with tagging

Module 11: Creating automated and repeatable deployments

  • Configuration management in the cloud
  • Creating AMIs and building strategies
  • Using configuration software
  • AWS Cloud Formation
  • Troubleshooting AWS Cloud Formation templates
  • Hands-on lab 8: Automating deployments with Cloud Formation
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