Automating EBS Snapshot Creation with CloudWatch Events and SNS

1 hour
  • 3 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

In this AWS hands-on lab, we will be creating a CloudWatch Events rule for the purpose of automating the creation of EBS snapshots (and notifying system admins).

Creating and storing EBS snapshots are essentials for any backup/disaster recovery plan. Automating the creation process allows for reliable backup planning. And by utilizing SNS in this process, we can inform an administrator when each snapshot creation job has begun.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Create One (1) SNS Topic with One (1) SNS Subscription

We will create a new SNS topic and SNS email subscription that we will use with our CloudWatch Events rule.

Create One (1) CloudWatch Events Rule

Create the CloudWatch Events rule that will once-daily snapshot the specified EBS volume and initiates an email via SNS.

Verify One (1) EBS Snapshot Has Been Created

Confirm that your new CloudWatch Events rule is working as expected by checking that a new EBS snapshot was created.

Additional Resources

Please log in to the AWS environment by using the cloud_user credentials provided.

Once inside the AWS account, make sure you are using us-east-1 (N. Virginia) as the selected region.

Note: Please delete your email in the SNS section before closing the lab.

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