Automating AWS Services with Scripting and the AWS CLI

Automating AWS Services with Scripting and the AWS CLI

1 hour 15 minutes 10 Credits

SPL-46 - Version 2.0.13

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a collection of digital infrastructure services that developers can leverage when developing their applications. These services can be provisioned on-demand via multiple methods, such as automatically deploying services based on a schedule and intelligently responding to infrastructure events.

This lab demonstrates how to automate AWS by showing three way to access and manage AWS services:

  • AWS Management Console: This is a web application for managing Amazon Web Services. The console provides an intuitive user interface for performing many AWS tasks, such as working with Amazon S3 buckets, launching Amazon EC2 instances, and setting Amazon CloudWatch alarms.

  • AWS Command Line Interface (CLI): The AWS CLI is a unified tool to manage your AWS services. With just one tool to download and configure, you can control multiple AWS services from the command line and automate them through scripts.

  • AWS Software Development Kit (SDK): AWS provides SDKs for numerous programming languages including Java, .NET, PHP, Go and Ruby. Using an SDK, you can build applications on top of Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2. This lab will use the SDK for the Python scripting language.

Topics covered

This lab covers:

  • Using the AWS CLI to access and manage AWS services from the command line
  • Using the AWS SDK to programmatically access and manage AWS services
  • Configuring security for the AWS CLI

Technical knowledge prerequisites

  • Familiarity with command-line interfaces
  • A general understanding of scripting languages
  • Basic knowledge of AWS Services including Amazon EC2 and Amazon S3

Start Lab

  1. At the top of your screen, launch your lab by choosing Start Lab

This starts the process of provisioning your lab resources. An estimated amount of time to provision your lab resources is displayed. You must wait for your resources to be provisioned before continuing.

If you are prompted for a token, use the one distributed to you (or credits you have purchased).

  1. Open your lab by choosing Open Console

This automatically logs you in to the AWS Management Console.

Do not change the Region unless instructed.

Common Login Errors

Error: Federated login credentials

If you see this message:

  • Close the browser tab to return to your initial lab window
  • Wait a few seconds
  • Choose Open Console again

You should now be able to access the AWS Management Console.

Error: You must first log out

If you see the message, You must first log out before logging into a different AWS account:

  • Choose click here
  • Close your browser tab to return to your initial lab window
  • Choose Open Console again

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