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Jump Start your First Hour with AWS


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AWS Summit 2014 Melbourne - Breakout 1

This session will introduce the key features and different services offered by AWS and demonstrate how you can get started and provide guidance and best practices on choosing the right types of instance, purchasing options, etc that will set you up for long term success on the AWS Cloud.

Presenter: Craig Dickson, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services

Published in: Technology
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Jump Start your First Hour with AWS

  1. 1. Jumpstart Your First Hour on AWS Craig S. Dickson, Solutions Architect, Amazon Web Services © 2014, Inc. and its affiliates. All rights reserved. May not be copied, modified, or distributed in whole or in part without the express consent of, Inc.
  2. 2. Overview • Assumes (very) little AWS knowledge • Simple tasks that can save time and avoid embarrassment later • Will focus on what and not so much on how • Five main areas – Set up an account – Monitor your spending – Basic security setup – Launch a workload – Get help
  3. 3. Setting Up An Account
  4. 4. Sign Up For An Account • Very simple, entire process takes less than 5 minutes – You will need a Credit Card – You will need access to a phone for automated ID verification • Pick a good email address – use a group email alias – don’t use your credentials
  5. 5. Turn On Premium Support Developer Business Enterprise Access via Email Phone, Chat, Email Phone, Chat, Email Named Contacts 1 5 Unlimited Response Time < 12 hours < 1 hour < 15 minutes Trusted Advisor No Yes Yes Infrastructure Event Management Pay per event Included Technical Account Manager Included
  6. 6. Add MFA To Your Root Account
  7. 7. Monitor Your Spending
  8. 8. Turn On Billing Alerts Avoid any surprises at the end of your first month
  9. 9. Get Familiar with the Billing Console
  10. 10. Basic Security Setup
  11. 11. Check Your Security Status
  12. 12. Understand the Different Account Types • Root Account – treat it like a root or Administrator account (i.e. don’t use it!) – put the credentials and MFA token somewhere safe • IAM Accounts – familiar users and groups model – apply policies to users or groups to grant privileges in your AWS environment
  13. 13. Create an IAM Group for Admins { "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": "*", "Resource": "*" } ] }
  14. 14. Create IAM User Accounts for Admins
  15. 15. Set Your IAM User Sign-In URL
  16. 16. Launch an EC2 Workload
  17. 17. Understand Regions, AZs and Edges US-WEST (Oregon) EU-WEST (Ireland) ASIA PAC (Tokyo) ASIA PAC (Singapore) US-WEST (N. California) US-EAST (Virginia) SOUTH AMERICA (Sao Paulo) GOV CLOUD ASIA PAC (Sydney) CHINA
  18. 18. Setup a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  19. 19. Understand Supported Platforms
  20. 20. VPCs can be simple …
  21. 21. … but VPCs can also be sophisticated
  22. 22. Learn the EC2 Basics • Explore the different instance types – why not try them all? • Exploit the pay-by-the-hour model • There is a Free Tier – use it! • Use Tags
  23. 23. No really, Use Tags! • Can be used in your IAM Policies • Can be used for cost allocation • Can be used from the SDKs and the CLI • Can be used from 3rd party tools like Chef
  24. 24. Launch an EC2 Instance • From the console – baseline AMI from AWS – fully configured AMI from the AWS Marketplace • From CloudFormation • From the Command Line Interface (CLI)
  25. 25. Upload Content to S3
  26. 26. Setup S3 as a Web Server
  27. 27. Get Help
  28. 28. Join the Discussion Forums All levels of Support include Forum access
  29. 29. Do Some Training • Official AWS Instructor-Led classes • Self-Paced Labs • Take a Test Drive
  30. 30. Read The Official AWS Blogs Chinese Portuguese German Japanese Application Management PHP .NET Ruby Mobile Java Security
  31. 31. Listen To The Podcast • Short, sharp and topical • Amusing accents
  32. 32. Reach out to your AWS Account Team • You have one whether you know it or not • We don’t bite • We love talking to our customers • We bring our own whiteboard markers • If we can’t answer your question about AWS, we will find someone who can
  33. 33. 59:30 … 30 seconds to spare!
  34. 34. What about your 2nd hour?
  35. 35. Monitor Your Costs – Ninja Style • Programmatic Billing Access – you did start Tagging everything right? • Gamify your infrastructure spend • Plug in a 3rd party tool – Splunk – Netflix Ice – Cloudyn – Cloudability – many others • Cost Explorer
  36. 36. Use the Cost Explorer
  37. 37. Dial Up Your Security – Ninja Style • Start using Resource-level Permissions • Setup Identity Federation • Turn on CloudTrail • Use EC2 Roles to keep your AWS credentials out of GitHub
  38. 38. Check Trusted Advisor Regularly
  39. 39. Start Thinking About Automation • Get to know CloudFormation like your life depends on it • Learn the new unified CLI – learn the S3 commands first • Start leveraging User Data • Add in Chef, Puppet, Ansible etc. as necessary
  40. 40. Attend Events • Summits in 2014 – Sydney, Auckland, Canberra, Brisbane, Melbourne & Perth • Lunch & Learns • Local User Groups – Adelaide (yay!), Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth & Sydney – Auckland how many can you see???
  41. 41. Expand your skills with AWS Certification Exams Validate your proven technical expertise with the AWS platform On-Demand Resources Videos & Labs Get hands-on practice working with AWS technologies in a live environment self-paced-labs Instructor-Led Courses Training Classes Expand your technical expertise to design, deploy, and operate scalable, efficient applications on AWS
  42. 42. Resources Craig S. Dickson @craigsdickson
  43. 43. © 2014, Inc. and its affiliates. All rights reserved. May not be copied, modified, or distributed in whole or in part without the express consent of, Inc.