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Build Cloud Operations Skills Using The New Getting Started with AWS Systems Manager Training

Are you looking for a solution that would help you simplify your operational tasks? Do you want to automate regular operational activities? Would you like simplify patching your running instances? Those topics and more are covered in our Getting Started with AWS Systems Manager training available today.

AWS Systems Manager centralizes operational data from multiple AWS services and automates tasks across your AWS resources. You can create logical groups of resources such as applications, different layers of an application stack, or production versus development environments. With Systems Manager, you can select a resource group and view its recent API activity, resource configuration changes, related notifications, operational alerts, software inventory, and patch compliance status. It lets you take action on each resource group depending on your operational needs. Systems Manager provides a central place to view and manage your AWS resources, so you can have complete visibility and control over your operations.

About the course

Getting Started with AWS Systems Manager is an introductory course designed to give you an overview of the core features and functionality of Systems Manager. It is designed for IT professionals as well as operations engineers who would like to learn about how they can centrally gather operational insights about their applications as well as carry out routine management tasks in an automated way.

Systems Manager is a collection of capabilities to help you manage your applications and infrastructure running in the AWS Cloud. Systems Manager simplifies application and resource management, shortens the time to detect and resolve operational problems, and helps you manage your AWS resources securely at scale. Using Systems Manager, you will be able to securely access your managed nodes, run ad-hoc commands, build an inventory of your resources, deploy software packages, maintain your instances in a specific state that you configure and much more. You will also have access to dashboards that give you a summary of your compliance status, support cases, AWS Trusted Advisor checks, operational items that need your attention as well as access to Amazon CloudWatch dashboards.

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • Explain how Systems Manager works and its basic concepts.
  • Identify use cases that are suitable for Systems Manager and the benefits it provides.
  • Use Quick Setup Host Management to register your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances with Systems Manager.
  • Scan your managed nodes for missing patches and install them on-demand.
  • Schedule patch installations on your managed nodes in maintenance windows that you specify.
  • Use Fleet Manager, a capability of Systems Manager to securely connect to your managed nodes using a terminal session as well as Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP).
  • Interact with Systems Manager using the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI).

Improve your Cloud Operations skills on AWS

This course can help you build the necessary skills to be successful in management, operations, and compliance of your AWS resources. Systems Manager has a foundational role in establishing effective Cloud Operations on AWS, helping your organization maintain compliance and control of your resources. You can also find further trainings to help improve your AWS skills in the AWS Skill Builder course catalog.

About the authors:

Walid Alkassabgy

Walid is a Sr. Technical Account Manager at AWS supporting Enterprise customers with the adoption and use of AWS services. He is part of the AWS Cloud Operations technical community, focusing on Centralized Operations Management (COM) on AWS.

Craig Edwards

Craig Edwards is a Cloud Operations Specialist Solutions Architect with the Cloud Foundations team at AWS. He specializes in AWS Config, AWS CloudTrail, AWS Audit Manager and AWS Systems Manager. When he is not building cloud solutions, he enjoys being a Father and electric vehicles.

Erik Weber

Erik Weber is a World-wide Specialist Solutions Architect for AWS Cloud Operations services. He specializes in AWS Systems Manager, AWS Config, AWS CloudTrail, and AWS Audit Manager. Outside of work, Erik has a passion for hiking, cooking, and biking.