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Feb 27, 2018
1h 40m

Managing virtual machines is difficult and requires a lot of moving parts. In this course, AWS Simple Systems Manager for EC2: Getting Started, you will learn how to manage your virtual machines with the same code you are already used to, without deploying complicated management software. First, you will learn how to onboard new and existing virtual machines on AWS, on other cloud systems, and on-premises. Next, you will discover how easy it is to manage your fleet patching, with Windows or Linux servers, and check their compliance state. Finally, you will explore how to keep your deployment secrets and environment variables secure and reusable during your deployments. When you’re finished with this course, you will be able to use AWS Systems Manager to manage your virtual machines in a more modern way without worrying about servers, so that you can focus on more interesting things.

About the author
About the author

David O'Brien is a regular speaker at international conferences on topics all around automation of the Microsoft technology stack. He has been in the IT industry for almost 10 years and is a 5-year Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Cloud and Datacenter technologies.

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Course Overview
Hi everyone. My name is David O'Brien, and welcome to my course, AWS Simple Systems Manager for EC2: Getting Started. I am a senior DevOps consultant and a Microsoft MVP mainly focusing on Microsoft and cloud technologies. Even though managing virtual machines is not the coolest topic around, it is probably still the most common problem to solve in the cloud. So that is why this course is a quick introduction to AWS Systems Manager and how this service can support CloudOps engineers, Sysadmins, and developers to manage their VMs in a more contemporary way. No prior knowledge of AWS Systems Manager is required though. Some of the major topics we will discuss cover agent deployment, patch management, ad hoc and planned script execution, compliance management, and secrets management. By the end of this course, you will have a much better understanding of how to manage and maintain virtual machines on AWS and on-premises via the same tools without deploying a single management VM. Before beginning the course, you should be at least familiar with some basic coding know how and understand how Infrastructure as a Service works, preferably on AWS. Don't worry though, if you come from Azure or Google Cloud, I've got you covered with some intros to the topic, and we'll make sure that nobody's left behind on this journey. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn AWS Systems Manager with the AWS Simple Systems Manager for EC2: Getting Started course, at Pluralsight.