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Using CloudWatch for Resource Monitoring

This lab provides practical experience creating and configuring multiple custom AWS CloudWatch dashboards and widgets. The primary focus will be on the following features within CloudWatch: CloudWatch dashboards, dashboard widgets, and CloudWatch metrics. CloudWatch dashboards built with custom widgets allow you to visually monitor resources and proactively take action, if needed. Overall, the dashboards give you a central, visual view of how your monitored resources are behaving at specific points in time.

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Clock icon Intermediate
Clock icon 30m
Clock icon Jun 06, 2019

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Table of Contents

  1. Challenge

    Create a CloudWatch Dashboard for the DMZ Layer

    Create a CloudWatch dashboard specific to the DMZ layer. Name your dashboard DMZLayer. Next, set up a widget within the DMZLayer dashboard for the bastion host instance set to monitor the CPUUtilization metric.

  2. Challenge

    Create a CloudWatch Dashboard for the Application Layer

    Create a separate CloudWatch dashboard with widgets displaying metrics specific to the application layer. Name the dashboard AppLayer. Create a widget for the Application ELB that monitors the RequestCount metric. Create two more widgets in your dashboard to monitor the CPUUtilization and NetworkIn metrics for the WordPress instances as well as the MySQL database. Remember to save the dashboards before ending the lab.

  3. Challenge

    Test the Widgets

    Create a WordPress instance to test and monitor the widgets.

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