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Getting Started with CloudFormation

CloudFormation is a powerful automation service within AWS. It can be used to create simple or complex sets of infrastructure any number of times. This hands-on lab provides a gentle introduction to CloudFormation, using it to create and update a number of S3 buckets. By the end of this hands-on lab, you will be comfortable using CloudFormation and can begin experimenting with your own templates.

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Clock icon Beginner
Clock icon 1h 0m
Clock icon Sep 03, 2020

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create a CloudFormation Stack

    Using the information from the createstack.json file, create a CloudFormation stack named cfnlab.

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  2. Challenge

    Update the CloudFormation Stack to Add an S3 Bucket

    Using the updatestack1.json file, update the CloudFormation stack.

    • Update the CloudFormation stack cfnlab using updatestack1.json to observe how resources are added and removed.
  3. Challenge

    Update the CloudFormation Stack to Rename the S3 Bucket

    1. In a text editor, open the updatestack2.json template file and modify the characters after 123 in catsareawesome123.
    2. Save the file.
    3. Update cfnlab again, replacing the current template with the modified updatestack2.json template.

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