Skip to content

Contact sales

By filling out this form and clicking submit, you acknowledge our privacy policy.
  • Labs icon Lab
  • A Cloud Guru
Google Cloud Platform icon

Configure an Alert Based on Logging Content

In this lab, we'll walk through the process to filter over existing logging data inside of CloudWatch Logs. We'll start by creating a SNS topic without a subscription, then filter our CloudWatch Logs data to create a metric filter. After creating a metric filter and defining our metric, we will configure an alarm to send notifications to our created SNS topic.

Google Cloud Platform icon

Path Info

Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 1h 30m
Clock icon Jul 07, 2021

Contact sales

By filling out this form and clicking submit, you acknowledge our privacy policy.

Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create an SNS Topic Named ErrorTopic without a Subscription

    Navigate to to the SNS dashboard and create a SNS topic named ErrorTopic.

    Do not enable a subscription for this SNS topic.

  2. Challenge

    Create a Metric Filter on the TrackMyErrors CloudWatch Logs Log Group Filtering for StatusCode 500

    Navigate to the CloudWatch Logs dashboard and create a metric filter on the TrackMyErrors CloudWatch Logs Log Group.

    Create a metric filter named StatusCode500 using the following filter: [host, logName, user, timestamp, request, statusCode=5*, size].

    Note: Use this exact filter for grading purposes.

    Create a metric based on this filter; name your metric and namespace StatusCode500. Set the Metric value to 1.

  3. Challenge

    Create an Alarm Based on the Metric You Created

    Navigate to the StatusCode500 metric (in CloudWatch's All metrics view) and wait a short period for data to populate in the metric dashboard.

    After you see data plotted for the metric, create an alarm for the metric. Name the alarm StatusCode500.

    Set the alarm statistic to Sum and the period to 1 minute. Configure the threshold to trigger whenever there are more than four events in the 1-minute period.

    Configure the alarm action to send notifications when it is In Alarm to the SNS topic you created.

The Cloud Content team comprises subject matter experts hyper focused on services offered by the leading cloud vendors (AWS, GCP, and Azure), as well as cloud-related technologies such as Linux and DevOps. The team is thrilled to share their knowledge to help you build modern tech solutions from the ground up, secure and optimize your environments, and so much more!

What's a lab?

Hands-on Labs are real environments created by industry experts to help you learn. These environments help you gain knowledge and experience, practice without compromising your system, test without risk, destroy without fear, and let you learn from your mistakes. Hands-on Labs: practice your skills before delivering in the real world.

Provided environment for hands-on practice

We will provide the credentials and environment necessary for you to practice right within your browser.

Guided walkthrough

Follow along with the author’s guided walkthrough and build something new in your provided environment!

Did you know?

On average, you retain 75% more of your learning if you get time for practice.

Start learning by doing today

View Plans