Running Containers on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS)


$2,550.00 (AUD) $2,550.00 (NZD) $2,550.00 (SGD)


3 Days


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Course Overview

In this course students learn container management and orchestration for Kubernetes through Amazon EKS. This includes how to effectively design, build, deploy and configure a large kubernetes container cluster.

Students will also gain the skills to configure their AWS networking services to support the cluster as well as how to secure their Amazon EKS environment.

This course is delivered by a certified AWS trainer. Instructor led training has been shown to deliver the best learning outcomes.

Course Objectives

  • How to review and examine containers, Kubernetes and Amazon EKS fundamentals and the impact of containers on workflows
  • How to build an Amazon EKS cluster by selecting the correct compute resources to support worker nodes
  • How to secure your environment with AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) authentication by creating an Amazon EKS service role for your cluster
  • How to deploy an application on the cluster. Publish container images to ECR and secure access via IAM policy
  • How to automate and deploy applications, examine automation tools and pipelines. Create a GitOps pipeline using WeaveFlux
  • How to collect monitoring data through metrics, logs, tracing with AWS X-Ray and identify metrics for performance tuning. Review scenarios where bottlenecks require the best scaling approach using horizontal or vertical scaling
  • How to assess the tradeoffs between efficiency, resiliency, cost and impact for tuning one over the other. Describe and outline a holistic, iterative approach to optimising your environment. Design for cost, efficiency, and resiliency
  • How to configure the AWS networking services to support the cluster. Describe how EKS/Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) functions and simplifies inter-node communications. Describe the function of VPC Container Network Interface (CNI). Review the benefits of a service mesh. How to upgrade your Kubernetes, Amazon EKS, and third party tools

Target Audience

  • DevOps engineers
  • Systems administrators
  • Other IT professionals responsible for container orchestration or management in the AWS Cloud

Target Audience

  • DevOps engineers
  • Systems administrators
  • Other IT professionals responsible for container orchestration or management in the AWS Cloud

Module 0

Course Introduction

  • Course preparation activities and agenda

Module 1

Container Fundamentals

  • Design principles for building applications
  • What are containers? Components of a container Writing Dockerfiles

Module 2

Kubernetes Fundamentals

  • Challenges of managing many containers
  • What is Kubernetes and why is it important?
  • Components of the Kubernetes control plane
  • Kubernetes worker nodes and pods
  • Key Kubernetes objects
  • Managing Kubernetes with kubectl
  • Hands-On Lab 1: Deploying Kubernetes Pods

Module 3

Amazon EKS Fundamentals

  • How Amazon EKS manages the Kubernetes control plane
  • Fundamentals of Amazon EKS security
  • Use cases for extending Amazon EKS to the data plane
  • Running worker nodes on managed node groups
  • Running containers on AWS Fargate with Amazon EKS
  • Amazon EKS tasks versus Kubernetes tasks

Module 4

Building an Amazon EKS Cluster

  • Visual review of the Amazon EKS architecture to be built in labs
  • IAM authentication
  • Amazon VPC and AWS networking fundamentals
  • Different methods to create a cluster
  • High-level steps in cluster creation
  • Function of eksctl
  • Preparing for labs: Review the lab activities for the course
  • Hands-On Lab 02: Building an Amazon EKS cluster

Module 5

Deploying Applications to Your Amazon EKS Cluster

  • Publishing container images to Amazon ECR
  • Deploying applications with Helm
  • Continuous deployment in Amazon EKS
  • GitOps and Amazon EKS
  • Hands-On Lab 03: Deploying applications

Module 6

Architecting on Amazon EKS Part 1: Observe and Optimise

  • Configuring observability in an Amazon EKS cluster
  • Collecting metrics
  • Using metrics to automatically scale EC2 Auto Scaling groups
  • Managing logs
  • Application tracing in Amazon EKS
  • Gaining and applying insight from observability
  • Hands-On Lab 04: Monitoring Amazon EKS

Module 7

Architecting on Amazon EKS Part 2: Balancing Efficiency, Resiliency, and Cost

  • Optimising your Amazon EKS application architecture
  • Relationship between cost, efficiency, and resilience
  • Anatomy of an Amazon EKS cluster from a cost perspective
  • Using tagging with pod placement for cost accountability
  • Sizing containers and worker nodes efficiently

Module 8

Managing Networking in Amazon EKS

  • Review: VPC fundamentals
  • The importance of major communication components
  • Communication flow in a non-containerised architecture
  • Challenges of network communication in Kubernetes
  • Comparing the Docker communication solution with the Kubernetes model
  • How Amazon EKS and Amazon VPC simplify inter- node communications
  • Managing pod communication in Amazon EKS
  • The relationship between communications and scalability
  • Running worker nodes in a subnet not associated with the cluster
  • Managing service name resolution
  • Using a service mesh with Amazon EKS
  • Configuring AWS App Mesh
  • Hands-On Lab 05: Exploring Amazon EKS Communication

Module 9

Securing Amazon EKS Clusters

  • How IAM integrates with Kubernetes Role Based Access Control (RBAC)
  • Managing cluster endpoint access control
  • Auditing access with AWS CloudTrail logs
  • Mitigating security risks during the build of a container image
  • Securing network communications
  • Managing secrets
  • Hands-On Lab 06: Securing Amazon EKS

Module 10

Managing Upgrades in Amazon EKS

Contrasting Kubernetes version updates and Amazon EKS platform version updates

Upgrading your Kubernetes version

Upgrading your Amazon EKS version

Maintaining your third- party applications

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