Chapter 10Advanced AWS

In this chapter we’ll build on what we’ve already learned. We’ll take a look at some advanced topics including accounting and tracking of your AWS usage, use of elastic block storage volumes, access to EC2’s instance metadata, and dynamic diagramming of your AWS-powered system.

Accounting and Tracking

The dynamic nature of AWS—the ease with which you can store more data in Amazon S3, create and populate domains in SimpleDB, and launch EC2 instances—means that you should stay aware of your usage (and the associated costs).

Account Activity

You can track your account activity manually by visiting http://aws.amazon.com and selecting Account Activity from the Your Account menu. After logging in you’ll be able to see detailed ...

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