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Cloud Computing and Virtualisation

Systems Operations on AWS

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Why study this course

This course teaches systems operators and anyone performing system operations functions how to install, configure, automate, monitor, secure, maintain and troubleshoot the services, networks, and systems on AWS necessary to support business applications.

The course also covers specific AWS features, tools, and best practices related to these functions.

This intermediate-level course is delivered through a mix of instructor-led training (ILT), hands-on labs, and group exercises.

Please note: students are required to bring their own laptop/tablet and power cable for this course.

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What you’ll learn

This course is designed to teach participants how to:

  • Recognize the AWS services that support the different phases of Operational Excellence, a Well-Architected Framework pillar.

  • Manage access to AWS resources using AWS Accounts and Organizations and AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).

  • Maintain an inventory of in-use AWS resources using AWS services such as AWS Systems Manager, AWS CloudTrail, and AWS Config.

  • Develop a resource deployment strategy utilizing metadata tags, Amazon Machine Images, and Control tower to deploy and maintain an AWS cloud environment.

  • Automate resource deployment using AWS services such as AWS CloudFormation and AWS Service Catalog.

  • Use AWS services to manage AWS resources through SysOps lifecycle processes such asdeployments and patches.

  • Configure a highly available cloud environment that leverages AWS services such as Amazon Route 53 and Elastic Load Balancing to route traffic for optimal latency and performance.

  • Configure AWS Auto Scaling and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud auto scaling to scale your cloud environment based on demand.

  • Use Amazon CloudWatch and associated features such as alarms, dashboards, and widgets to monitor your cloud environment.

  • Manage permissions and track activity in your cloud environment using AWS services such as AWS CloudTrail and AWS Config.

  • Deploy your resources to an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC), establish necessary connectivity to your Amazon VPC, and protect your resources from disruptions of service.

  • State the purpose, benefits, and appropriate use cases for mountable storage in your AWS cloudenvironment.


DDLS is an official AWS Training Partner for the Australian and Philippines region. Through our Authorised AWS Instructors, we can provide you with a learning path that’s relevant to you and your organisation, so you can get more out of the cloud. We offer virtual and face-to-face classroom-based training to help you build your cloud skills and enable you to achieve industry-recognised AWS Certification.

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Who is the course for?

This course is intended for:

  • System administrators and operators who are operating in the AWS Cloud

  • Informational technology workers who want to increase the system operations knowledge

We can also deliver and customise this training course for larger groups – saving your organisation time, money and resources. For more information, please contact us via email on


Course subjects

Day 1Module 1: Introduction to System Operations on AWS

  • Systems operations

  • AWS Well-Architected Framework

  • AWS Well-Architected Tool

Module 2a: Access Management

  • Access management

  • Resources, accounts, and AWS Organizations

Module 2b: System Discovery

  • Methods to interact with AWS services

  • Introduction to monitoring services

  • Tools for automating resource discovery

  • Inventory with AWS Systems Manager and AWS Config

  • Troubleshooting scenario

  • Hands-On Lab: Auditing AWS Resources with AWS Systems Manager and AWS Config

Module 3: Deploy and Update Resources

  • Systems operations in deployments

  • Tagging strategies

  • Deployment using Amazon Machine Images (AMIs)

  • Deployment using AWS Control Tower

  • Troubleshooting scenario

Module 4: Automate Resource Deployment

  • Deployment using AWS CloudFormation

  • Deployment using AWS Service Catalog

  • Troubleshooting scenario

  • Hands-On Lab: Infrastructure as Code

Day 2Module 5: Manage Resources

  • AWS Systems Manager

  • Troubleshooting scenario

  • Hands-On Lab: Operations as Code

Module 6a: Configure Highly Available Systems

  • Distributing traffic with Elastic Load Balancing

  • Amazon Route 53

Module 6b: Automate Scaling

  • Scaling with AWS Auto Scaling

  • Scaling with Spot Instances

  • Managing licenses with AWS License Manager

  • Troubleshooting scenario

Module 7: Monitor and Maintain System Health

  • Monitoring and maintaining healthy workloads

  • Monitoring distributed applications

  • Monitoring AWS infrastructure

  • Monitoring your AWS account

  • Troubleshooting scenario

  • Hands-On Lab: Monitoring Applications and Infrastructure

Module 8: Data Security and System Auditing

  • Maintaining a strong identity and access foundation

  • Implementing detection mechanisms

  • Automating incident remediation

  • Troubleshooting scenario

  • Hands-On Lab: Implementing IAM permissions boundaries

Day 3Module 9: Operate Secure and Resilient Networks

  • Building a secure Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)

  • Networking beyond the VPC

  • Troubleshooting scenario

Module 10a: Mountable Storage

  • Configuring Amazon Elastic Block Storage (Amazon EBS)

  • Sizing Amazon EBS volumes for performance

  • Using Amazon EBS snapshots

  • Using Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager to manage your AWS resources

  • Creating backup and data recovery plans

  • Configuring shared file system storage

Module 10b: Object Storage

  • Deploying Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) with Access Logs, Cross-RegionReplication, and S3 Intelligent-Tiering

  • Hands-On Lab: Automating with AWS Backup for Archiving and Recovery

Module 11: Cost Reporting, Alerts, and Optimization

  • Gaining AWS cost awareness

  • Using control mechanisms for cost management

  • Optimizing your AWS spend and usage

  • Hands-On Lab: Capstone lab for SysOps

Please note: This is an emerging technology course. Course outline is subject to change as needed.


It is recommended that attendees have the following prerequisites:

  • Successfully completed the AWS Technical Essentials course

  • A background in either software development or systems administration

  • Proficiency in maintaining operating systems at the command line, such as shell scripting in Linux environments or cmd/PowerShell in Windows

  • Basic knowledge of networking protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP)

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