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Automating EBS Snapshot Creation with CloudWatch Events and SNS

In this AWS hands-on lab, we will be creating a CloudWatch Events rule for the purpose of automating the creation of EBS snapshots (and notifying system admins). Creating and storing EBS snapshots are essentials for any backup/disaster recovery plan. Automating the creation process allows for reliable backup planning. And by utilizing SNS in this process, we can inform an administrator when each snapshot creation job has begun.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 1h 0m
Clock icon May 10, 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create One (1) SNS Topic with One (1) SNS Subscription

    We will create a new SNS topic and SNS email subscription that we will use with our CloudWatch Events rule.

  2. Challenge

    Create One (1) CloudWatch Events Rule

    Create the CloudWatch Events rule that will once-daily snapshot the specified EBS volume and initiates an email via SNS.

  3. Challenge

    Verify One (1) EBS Snapshot Has Been Created

    Confirm that your new CloudWatch Events rule is working as expected by checking that a new EBS snapshot was created.

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