AWS Essentials Foundations and Services

Start off strong with a course on AWS foundations and services such as account creation, bucket creation, using the management console and more.

8 videos  //  75 minutes of training

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Course description

Begin at the beginning with this course on AWS foundations and services. Starting off with an overview of AWS itself (and some of the terminology that might trip you up), you’ll look at creating an AWS account, exploring the management console, creating an S3 bucket, creating an EC2 instance (or virtual machine) and other useful services and tools.

Course syllabus

So You Wanna be an AWS Rock Star?Duration: 8:23

Have you heard the term "cloud" and wondered just what it means in relation to computers and applications? If so, this episode will give you the low down on cloud computing and what it's all about.

What's in a Name?Duration: 5:09

What does the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud have to offer? In this episode, you'll learn about the key services offered by AWS and how Amazon makes these services available all over the world.

Ready, Set, GoDuration: 5:17

Where do I start? It's the most common question when first getting into Amazon Web Services (AWS). In this episode, you'll begin by creating a free AWS account that you can use to explore and learn all about this amazing cloud service.

Exploring the Management ConsoleDuration: 7:23

Learning a new interface can be challenging. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has much to offer, which can make the console hard to understand at first; however, in this episode, you'll gain an understanding for the console and its components so that you can navigate the interface with ease.

Creating an S3 BucketDuration: 13:21

The Simple Storage Service (S3) gives you storage in the cloud at any scale and with varying costs. This episode introduces the creation of S3 buckets (containers for your storage in the cloud).

Creating an EC2 InstanceDuration: 14:04

What if you could run a server in the cloud and fully manage it the way you want? You can do exactly that with Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances and this episode shows you how.

AWS DatabasesDuration: 9:54

You've probably used dozens or hundreds of databases in your life — even if you didn't know you were. It's a place to put your data. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has a rich database solution that you'll explore in this episode.

Other Cool ServicesDuration: 11:14

In addition to storage, compute and database services, Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers scalability and monitoring. In this episode, you'll learn about the services that offer this in the cloud.

Meet the author

Tom Carpenter


Tom Carpenter is a 25+ year veteran of the IT industry. He started in entry-level systems support and quickly moved into the role of a systems analyst and network engineer. He founded the technical content development and training company SysEdCo in 1997, which he continues to operate. Having written more than 20 books for the IT industry, he brings a wealth of experience to any topic and holds many certifications from both vendors and vendor-neutral certification organizations. He is also the head of certification development for the CWNP program and heavily involved in objectives development and exam creation within the certification industry. Tom uses AWS to run several business websites as well as test labs used for content creation and management. According to Tom, "AWS is everything I did in the 90s, and more, in the cloud!” Tom lives in Ohio with his lovely wife Julie and enjoys anything related to technology, learning and human potential.

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