AWS For Admins For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))

AWS For Admins For Dummies (For Dummies (Computers))
By John Paul Mueller

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Easily get your head in the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

With Amazon Web Services (AWS), you can do everything from backing up your personal hard drive to creating a full-fledged IT department in the Cloud. And while major corporations like Adobe and Netflix have turned to AWS for their Cloud computing needs, it isn't just for private companies. Amazon Web Services For Dummies is the singular resource that shows real people with real businesses how to use on-demand IT resources to help their companies grow.

If you're like most people just getting their feet wet with this service, your first question is likely to be, "How do I get started with AWS?" This book answers that question—and a multitude more—in language you can understand and shows you how to put this Cloud computing service to work for you right away. AWS is immense and, naturally, intimidating, but with the help of this book, you'll peel back its many layers in no time!

  • Provides overviews that explain what tasks the services perform and how they relate to each other
  • Offers specific paths to follow in order to obtain a particular installation result
  • Gets you started without making a huge investment
  • Reduces the risk of failure by ensuring you understand available options as part of the configuration and usage process

Stop wasting time and resources on hardware and software that's quickly outdated. Get started with AWS today!

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #356602 in Books
  • Brand: imusti
  • Published on: 2016-10-31
  • Original language: English
  • Dimensions: 9.10" h x .90" w x 7.20" l, .0 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 408 pages


  • For Dummies

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From the Back Cover

  • Learn tasks the services perform and how they relate
  • Follow specific paths for the best installation results
  • Avoid common AWS usage pitfalls

Just what you need to get going with AWS

Amazon Web Services (or AWS) has grabbed the attention of the business world—in more ways than one. If you just want to manage administrative tasks with AWS, your goal is to figure out what you need and create a basic, functional setup that lets you become productive as quickly as possible. This guide cuts through all the hype and clutter to get you where you need to go. With simple procedures you can follow to set up and configure the right environment, it helps you assess your move to the cloud, explains any quirks in the software, and gets you up and running.


  • Compare and choose among AWS free-tier services
  • Keep your costs low
  • Set up a virtual server
  • Learn important security techniques
  • Manage your database
  • Create a user-friendly cloud environment

About the Author

John Paul Mueller is a prolific technical writer and editor with 101 books and 600 articles to his credit. His topics range from networking and home security to database management and heads-down programming, and his editing skills have helped more than 63 authors refine their manuscripts. Visit his blog at

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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
5AWS newbie
By Amazon Customer
I am a AWS newbie and this book was extremely helpful

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Truly is a fantastic resource for those of us wanting to learn more about what AWS has to offer, but don't know where to start
By 80 Shades
This is an excellent "For Dummies" book that provides wonderful high-level guidance for Amazon WebServices. My only hesitation was the "For Admins" part of the title, but if you are not incredibly technical, there is still much you can glean from the book. For my organization, I do more strategic IT planning. Quite frankly, I am not highly technical, but I know enough conceptually to understand that AWS can really free an IT organization up (or create nightmares if not done properly). This book explains the entire AWS toolset; there are dozens of separate services (or applications), many of them free, that can help out most IT shops. This books assumes you are a dummy (which I am when it comes to AWS), and walks you through from giving simple definitions of IaaS versus SaaS, all the way to tactical steps to take to leverage infrastructure services, migrate databases, use LAMP stacks, and so on and so on. If you want to get your feet wet with AWS and at least have a quick reference to have for understand the high level concepts, I highly recommend this resource!

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
3Adequate coverage but probably still confusing for beginnners
By James Beswick
As a AWS Certified architect, I've been looking for a book like this to recommend to devs and business managers for quite some time. The difficulty for any author in writing about AWS is that the speed of change in the platform exceeds the publishing process, and the number of building blocks provided make it hard to give the reader adequate coverage without writing a tome. It's also increasingly hard to write books like this given the number of interactive online tutorials that can be a better learning aid, just due to the nature of the subject.

Mueller covers the material reasonably well but though at times seems to dart around from basic topics (e.g. files in S3) to advanced and more confusing areas (e.g. Direct Connect or IAM), the difference being like boiling an egg versus making a souffle. I think there are some potentially conflicting messages about data breaches in the cloud versus whether it's truly more secure (it is, in case you're wondering) whereas the discussion would be better suited to best practices to avoid obvious security pitfalls.

The author is a somewhat prolific technology writer who can generally write about anything very competently but I think he misses the mark on this topic, given the breadth and capabilities of the platform. It doesn't cover the agility afforded by the environment, or the options provided by a DevOps approach, or the freeing of developers when infrastructure becomes code. That said, neither does any other introductory book at this stage so if you're looking for textbook instead of joining or taking certification training, it does cover the bases.

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