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Getting Started with Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS)

On-Demand / 31 minutes


You’ll learn the various components of Amazon Elastic Container Service (ECS) and how they work together to orchestrate containers.

Course Instructor: Philip Afable

Philip Afable is a DevOps engineer based in the Boston area, focusing on creating cloud native as well as serverless solutions. He started his career in datacenter networking which has then progressed to cloud and programming.

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Course Outline

Introduction to ECS

You’ll learn the various components of AWS Elastic Container Service (ECS) and how they work together to orchestrate containers.

What you'll learn how to do:

Create an ECS cluster

Let’s now create the foundation for ECS – the cluster. This cluster will use EC2 instances and will provide a haven for the containers.

What you'll learn how to do:

Design a Task Definition

Task definitions define how containers will be deployed. It defines attributes like what port to use and container image to implement.

What you'll learn how to do:

Deploy a Task

Now that the task definition has been created, it’s time to deploy a container to the cluster. ECS calls a container a task.

What you'll learn how to do:

Utilize a Service

Running a task has a disadvantage of not being able to create another container if it stops. A service will assist in recreating containers if they unintentionally stop.

Focus Points:

Set up ECR and use container images on ECS

By default, ECS will use Docker Hub as the container registry, however you’ll adjust it so that Elastic Container Registry (ECR) will be used instead.

Focus Points:

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