SysAdmin on AWS for Windows
6 Labs · 68 Credits · 7h 18mAWS for Windows
This quest is designed to help you navigate through a sequence of related topics and AWS services as it relates to SysAdmin on AWS for Windows, including services to deploy and manage your Microsoft Windows-based environment in the AWS cloud.
This lab will take you through the steps to set up and use the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell. This toolkit enables you to manage your AWS resources the same way you use Windows PowerShell to manage your on-premise Windows environment. You will examine the various authentication types that can be used with AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell. At the end of this lab, you will use AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell to write your own self-healing PowerShell scripts.
Fundamental 8 Credits 50 Minutes
This lab will take you through the steps by which Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) can be used to automatically monitor and configure other instances in the same domain. You use Windows PowerShell DSC to run specific PowerShell scripts to monitor systems and, if they deviate from the desired state, run scripts to restore the desired configuration on the system. You will use DSC pull and push modes to perform this task. You will use a simple DSC PowerShell script that will remotely install the Windows IIS role on another server in the same domain.
advanced 10 Credits 1 Hour
This lab leads you through the steps to launch an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance using an Amazon Machine Image (AMI), add multiple disks to the instance, and build a tiered storage pool with SSD and magnetic volumes. You will also create a virtual disk using the storage pool and perform a basic IOPS test operation on a mounted volume. At the end of this lab, you will understand how to build a virtual disk pool with different storage tiers using Amazon EBS and Windows Storage Spaces and see how to connect to Storage Spaces from another machine via iSCSI.
advanced 10 Credits 1 Hour 5 Minutes
This lab will take you through the steps to set up and use the AWS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center. AWS Management Pack for Microsoft System Center enables you to view and monitor your AWS resources directly in the Operations Manager console. You get a consolidated view of all your AWS resources across regions and Availability Zones. It also has built-in integration with Amazon CloudWatch so that the metrics and alarms defined in Amazon CloudWatch surface as performance counters and alerts in Operations Manager.
expert 15 Credits 1 Hour 25 Minutes
This lab will take you through the process of configuring Windows ADFS with AWS IAM, which enables you to access your AWS Management Console with the desired Active Directory users and groups. You will leverage the AWS support for Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), an open standard used by many identity providers. This feature enables federated single sign-on (SSO), which lets users sign in to the AWS Management Console or make programmatic calls to AWS APIs by using assertions from a SAML-compliant identity provider (IdP) like Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). To successfully complete this lab, you should be familiar with basic Windows Server administration and also be highly fluent and conceptually solid with the techniques of federated identity and identity providers in general, and SAML, LDAP, Active Directory, and AWS IAM in particular.
expert 15 Credits 1 Hour 20 Minutes
This lab takes you through the steps to set up and use AWS System Manager for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). AWS Systems Manager for Microsoft SCVMM lets you use SCVMM to administer your AWS resources. You can monitor and manage your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for Windows instances in the AWS cloud, as well as your on-premises virtual machines, from the SCVMM console. AWS Systems Manager for SCVMM is available to download and install as an add-in to SCVMM. The add-in leverages AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles to authenticate to Amazon EC2. After the add-in is set up, you can view all Amazon EC2 for Windows instances by region and Availability Zone, in addition to other hypervisors and environments you already have loaded in SCVMM.
advanced 10 Credits 1 Hour 25 Minutes