The Beginner’s Guide to the AWS Management Console 


The Beginner’s Guide to the AWS Management Console 

You’ve decided to take the plunge and start using AWS (Amazon Web Services). Congratulations! Now the hard part comes: learning how to use it all. This guide will help you understand what the AWS Management Console does, how to get the most out of it, and how to find specific console pages when you need them. Don’t worry we’ll start from the beginning and explain everything along the way. 


Types of AWS consoles 

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) management console offers a broad collection of service consoles for managing your cloud resources. That can seem overwhelming, but luckily you don’t have to dive into every console from day one. Many services offer only a single role or multiple related roles. To help get you started, here’s an overview of some of these service consoles and where they are used in relation to cloud resources. For example, your security credentials are stored in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), but you create and modify network-access control lists (ACLs) for that VPC using the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) console. 

How to access Amazon Web Services Console 

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) console is a user-friendly management tool that gives you an interface for working with AWS resources and services. The purpose of these guides is to demonstrate how each of these core consoles work, and their fundamental differences. Since there are many different tools in the collection, we’ll start with a brief overview of each console, and then go into more detail on two of them in order to give you a better idea of what they do. The overall goal is to introduce you to some ways in which you can use these tools, so you can get familiar with what it looks like, and how it works. 

Reviewing different elements in the console 

The best way to learn about different elements in an application is by using it. A good example of doing just that is using the AWS Management Console, or any other console for that matter. When you see something that interests you, give it a click and see what happens. Depending on where you click, a new window might open or another tab might appear with more information. If you get lost along the way (and it’s easy to do), just go back a few steps by clicking on your browser’s Back button until you find your way back. This trial-and-error approach helps develop an intuitive understanding of how these things work together and how they fit into your workflow. 

Where are the different elements located in this console? 

The main console section of management is clearly defined at the top of your screen in a blue bar. Here you can see details regarding your account and pricing plans. Also, if you need to quickly reset any passwords or contact customer support they provide direct links here as well. The navigation menu is located at all times on the left-hand side of your screen and it displays all of your main services along with resource types. As previously mentioned, these menus change based on which service you select so if I go into Amazon S3 for example, I’ll be provided with a list of buckets and files I have stored in my account as well as detailed options for that particular resource type. 

What does it do? 

While you can always take care of most management tasks by using the individual service consoles, at some point you’ll want to use them together in a holistic way. When you do that, you access one specific console: The AWS Management Console (or console for short). Whether or not it’s appropriate for you depends on what accounts and services are involved. You should only use your console when all of your resources are in your account and all of them have been made available via Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). If that describes you, then continue reading Otherwise, skip down to Manage Multiple Accounts & Services below. 

How does it affect my account? 

The Account tab is what you’ll use to access your account settings. In it, you can manage billing and payment information and check how much of each service you’ve used (the limits are defined in your plan). The user data that appears on that page comes from a variety of sources like your credit card information and auto-pay status and managing it can take some time because there isn’t a single tool for doing so. If you notice an error or inconsistency in any of these fields, don’t hesitate to contact customer support; they’ll walk you through updating your billing or payment method, correcting erroneous charges, etc. It’s just one example of how complicated managing a large cloud computing environment can be, but luckily it’s something Amazon has experience with. 

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