Hands-On Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) LiveLessons: Running Microservices

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3 Hours of Video Instruction

Three hours of hands-on demonstrations explaining the details of Amazon EKS that shows the power and ease of running and integrating applications on Kubernetes in AWS.


Hands-On Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS): Running Microservices LiveLessons gives a demo-driven overview of running Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services. The course covers not only the basics of Kubernetes, but also gets into the creation of EKS clusters and running real workflows on the cluster. The course shows common administrative tasks and wraps up with demos that help integrate an EKS cluster with a Serverless project as well as an application that uses DynamoDB from within the cluster. All course materials can be found at https://github.com/vallard/EKS-Training

About the Instructor

Vallard Benincosa is a senior engineer at a company called WeaveGrid, which focuses on climate change by efficiently coordinating between electric vehicles and utility companies. He has worked for a variety of small and large companies working on Kubernetes. He helped develop a Kubernetes certification for the Linux foundation and has been using Kubernetes since 2015. In his day job, he is a lead platform engineer ensuring production applications run reliably in Kubernetes and AWS.

Skill Level

  • Beginner/Intermediate

What You Will Learn

  • Learn what problems Kubernetes solves and how it simplifies the management of microservices.
  • Learn how to install EKS and do administrative tasks with EKS such as upgrading, scaling the cluster, adding users, and viewing the dashboard.
  • Learn how to securely run applications on EKS and integrate with other AWS services such as: S3, Route53, Load Balancers, and Elastic Block Storage
  • Learn how to integrate container applications into the AWS ecosystem with Serverless functions performing actions on the Kubernetes cluster or how an application would interface with DynamoDB.

Who Should Take This Course

  • People who want to learn how to best run Kubernetes on Amazon Web Services
  • Developers looking to understand how their applications can use EKS and existing AWS services such as DynamoDB, S3, and others in production.
  • Platform Engineers who want to know how to best run Kubernetes on AWS and understand how applications can benefit from the system.

Course Requirements

  • Basic understanding of Linux containers
  • Basic Shell commands for CLI work
  • Basic hands-on experience with AWS

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Introduction to EKS
Lesson 2: EKS IAM Resources
Lesson 3: Creating EKS Clusters
Lesson 4: Kubernetes on EKS
Lesson 5: Running Applications
Lesson 6: Administrative Tasks
Lesson 7: Integration with Other AWS Services

Lesson Descriptions

Lesson 1, “Introduction to EKS,” lays the groundwork by defining the problems we are looking to solve. Next, it evaluates different solutions to managing container workloads and explores some tradeoffs. Last, it defines a few Kubernetes constructs and shows the value EKS provides.

Lesson 2, “EKS IAM Resources,” shows how to set up users for different levels of permission access as well as how to create roles for the EKS services themselves to take on.

Lesson 3, “Creating EKS Clusters,” shows two different ways of creating EKS clusters; the first by using the eksctl command line tool, and the second by going through the console. Knowing how to do this part manually will help you understand how to do it with code if you choose to do it with Terraform in your own infrastructure.

Lesson 4, “Kubernetes on EKS,” delves more into the details of what EKS really is. It explores Namespaces, Pods, daemonsets, replicasets, and testing Kube-DNS.

Lesson 5, “Running Applications,” shows how to expose an application to the world with load balancers and ingress controllers. It also shows how to securely associate real domain names with TLS and wrap up with adding persistent storage.

Lesson 6, “Administrative Tasks,” walks through the various upkeep needed to optimize the cluster, including autoscaling, authentication, and upgrades.

Lesson 7, “Integration with Other AWS Services,” introduces some of the architectures that are running in the real world where we integrate with serverless frameworks. This lesson also shows how applications interact with other AWS services and how to give permission for this to happen. Last, the lesson wraps with one final application that lists users out of a DynamoDB table.

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Hands-On Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS): Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Introduction to EKS
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 1.1 Exploring Container Management Concepts
    3. 1.2 Understanding How Kubernetes Simplifies Container Management
    4. 1.3 Introducing The Kubernetes Architecture
    5. 1.4 Exploring Kubernetes Running Environment Options
    6. 1.5 Understanding How Kubernetes Enables Microservices
  3. Lesson 2: EKS IAM Resources
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 2.1 IAM Overview
    3. 2.2 IAM Policies
    4. 2.3 IAM Groups
    5. 2.4 IAM Users
    6. 2.5 IAM Roles
    7. 2.6 Creating Resources with Terraform
    8. 2.7 Accessing Resources
  4. Lesson 3: Creating EKS Clusters
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 3.1 Summarizing EKS Architectures
    3. 3.2 Installing with eksctl
    4. 3.3 Installing EKS with the Console
    5. 3.4 Understanding EKS Authentication
  5. Lesson 4: Kubernetes on EKS
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 4.1 Exploring Namespaces
    3. 4.2 Exploring Pods
    4. 4.3 Exploring DaemonSets
    5. 4.4 Exploring Replica Sets
    6. 4.5 Examining Container Networking in EKS
    7. 4.6 Testing Kube-DNS
  6. Lesson 5: Running Applications
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 5.1 Creating Load Balancers
    3. 5.2 Creating Ingress Controllers
    4. 5.3 Integrating with Route 53
    5. 5.4 Creating TLS Certificates with Cert-Manager
    6. 5.5 Understanding Persistence and Storage Classes
  7. Lesson 6: Administrative Tasks
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 6.1 Implementing Cluster Autoscaling
    3. 6.2 Exploring Horizontal Pod Autoscaling
    4. 6.3 Installing the Kubernetes Dashboard
    5. 6.4 Modifying User Authentication
    6. 6.5 Upgrading the Cluster
  8. Lesson 7: Integration with Other AWS Services
    1. Learning objectives
    2. 7.1 Introduction to Serverless Computing
    3. 7.2 Creating IAM for Role Authentication in EKS
    4. 7.3 Integrating Serverless with EKS
    5. 7.4 Building an Application from Scratch
    6. 7.5 Understanding Elastic Container Registry
    7. 7.6 Calling DynamoDB from a Container
    8. 7.7 Securing with Service Accounts
  9. Summary
    1. Hands-On Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS): Summary

Product information

  • Title: Hands-On Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS) LiveLessons: Running Microservices
  • Author(s): Vallard Benincosa Jr.
  • Release date: May 2021
  • Publisher(s): Pearson
  • ISBN: 0137446667