AWS System Administration
Best Practices for Sysadmins in the Amazon Cloud
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2014
Pages: 278

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After getting over the excitement of the scaling and cost-saving possibilities offered by Amazon Web Services, system administrators quickly come up against complexities and gotchas in the management of systems. How can they make sure auto-scaling kicks in when it is suppose to? How do they make sure DNS sends traffic to the right systems? How do they integrate automated management tools such as Chef and Puppet?

This book is a comprehensive guide to the administrative features of AWS and how to make the most of them to minimize your administrative work. You’ll learn how to configure and manage powerful AWS tools, such as CloudFormation, OpsWorks, Elastic Load Balancing, and Route 53. AWS administration is no easier than stand-alone server administration—it's just different, and very rewarding once you set up your automation right. This book shows you how.

Topics include:

  • CloudFormation
  • Access Management and Security Groups
  • Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing
  • Opworks
  • Building Reusable Components
  • Log Management
  • DNS with Route53
  • Monitoring
  • Backups
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Favorite book for AWS cloud-based apps

By Shentonfreude

from Arlington, VA

About Me Developer, Sys Admin

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  • Easy to understand
  • Hands-on
  • Helpful examples
  • Practical


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    Comments about oreilly AWS System Administration:

    This is the best book I've read on using AWS to build cloud-native apps. It's really pragmatic, with code examples showing common patterns you'll encounter building your own apps. I switch back and forth between the AWS docs and this book, for details and for more HOWTO information, and back again once I start getting things working. For example, the AWS docs tell you about Roles but don't show clearly what this book does -- that you need to associate a Policy, then an instance Profile.

    The author seems to have a ton of experience with apps on AWS, and the many services it offers. Great resource for those like me who don't have such a long term exposure.

    It's not complete yet, but something I refer to extensively as I build out my app.

    Thanks for a very helpful book.

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    Great Book

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