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New Training: Leverage EC2 Image Builder to Automate Operating System Image Builds

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Published on February 22, 2021

In this 7-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer Trevor Sullivan explores how EC2 Image Builder works, and how you can automate your image creation process end-to-end. Watch this new AWS training.

Watch the full course: AWS Cloud Automation

This training includes:

  • 7 videos

  • 55 minutes of training

You’ll learn these topics in this skill:

  • What is EC2 Image Builder and Why Use It?

  • Understanding EC2 Image Builder Components

  • AWS IAM Roles in EC2 Image Builder

  • Create a Build and Test Component in EC2 Image Builder

  • Create an EC2 Image Builder Recipe

  • Create and Execute an EC2 Image Builder Pipeline

  • Validate AMI Pipeline in EC2 Image Builder

Why Should You Use Amazon EC2 Image Builder?

Building custom operating system images has been common practice for the last couple of decades. Deploying both desktop and server systems is faster with a pre-built image that contains pre-installed software, driver packages, and configuration files. Reduced deployment times are especially important for Enterprise applications that require rapid scalability.

There is a variety of tooling available to aid in building consistent, reproducible operating system images. For example, Hashicorp created an open source tool called Packer, which streamlines image builds using a virtualization platform of your choice. Ansible is another open source tool from RedHat, which provides an automation framework for installing software packages and applying system configurations.

Amazon EC2 Image Builder is a managed service that enables you to automatically build operating system images. In late 2020, EC2 Image Builder added the ability to build container images as well. You can define build and test components in EC2 Image Builder that install software, apply system configurations, and validate that software has been installed and executes successfully. Recipes in EC2 Image Builder bring together build and test components into an end-to-end build process, that can be incrementally versioned. Pipelines in EC2 Image Builder allow you to schedule periodic executions of your recipes, and automatically distribute your Amazon Machine Images (AMI) to other AWS regions and AWS accounts.

By utilizing Amazon EC2 Image Builder to automate your operating system image builds, you'll ensure that your builds are consistent, reproducible, and testable. You'll save time by avoiding manual operating system builds, which are prone to inconsistencies and security vulnerabilities.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides software development kits (SDK) for many different programming languages, including PowerShell. PowerShell is an open source and cross-platform automation framework that runs natively on Linux, MacOS, and Windows. Cross-platform capability is achieved with PowerShell, thanks to the .NET Core framework.


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