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An Educator’s Guide to Getting Started on AWS

Bring the cloud to your campus with the help of this short checklist video, which highlights how to set up and manage your AWS accounts, as well some best practices for getting started.

Whether you are looking for best practices for using the AWS Cloud, or want to take advantage of discounts earned through the service, our complete AWS for Education video series aims to serve your administrative cloud needs. Choose from seven videos on topics spanning AWS Organizations, adding contacts, Identity and Access Management, billing, auditing, and networking.

Take a peek at the checklist basics below:

  • When you set up your AWS account, make sure to choose your security questions, alternative contacts, and enable your multi-factor authentication.
  • Leverage AWS Organizations for billing purposes for your AWS accounts. This service also enables you to create groups of accounts and centrally manage policies, without custom scripts or manual processes.
  • Enable AWS CloudTrail in all regions. With CloudTrail, you can log, continuously monitor, and retain events related to API calls across your AWS infrastructure.
  • Create an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) access log bucket and enable S3 access logs for important buckets in each account.
  • Configure Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to have control over your virtual networking environment, including selection of your own IP address range, creation of subnets, and configuration of route tables and network gateways.
  • Establish campus connectivity options to AWS services and VPCs (VPN, AWS Direct Connect, I2).

Watch the full Getting Started in AWS for Education video series to learn more.