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Learn AWS With New Self-Paced Labs

Would you like to test-drive AWS services, acquire some new skills, and gain practical experience working with a wide variety of AWS technologies?

If so, the new AWS self-paced labs will be of great interest to you. We’ve been working with Cloud vLab (an APN Technology Partner) to create a set of hands-on, self-paced online training labs that run within a live AWS environment. You can choose the topics and products that are of interest to you, and learn at your own pace. Go to to create your self-paced lab account.

After you create your qwikLab account and log in, you start by choosing a class:

Then you choose one of the labs in the class:

At this point you will need to purchase a token in order to pay for the lab. Each token costs $29.99 and entitles you to run one lab. With that out of the way, the lab will launch an actual AWS environment for you to use:

You will need to copy and save the connection info so that you can log in to the AWS Management Console. Some of the labs will also create the AWS key pair for you:

While the lab is creating the environment, you can download and familiarize yourself with the step-by-step instructions, which are provided in the form of a PDF:

With the environment launched, you simply follow the instructions to complete the lab. The EBS lab contains exercises that use the AWS Management Console and the command line. Here’s how I set up my desktop for the lab:

I hope that you enjoy and benefit from the labs! Give one a try and let me know what you think.


Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.