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User Guide for Linux Instances

Best Practices for Monitoring

Use the following best practices for monitoring to help you with your Amazon EC2 monitoring tasks.

  • Make monitoring a priority to head off small problems before they become big ones.

  • Create and implement a monitoring plan that collects monitoring data from all of the parts in your AWS solution so that you can more easily debug a multi-point failure if one occurs. Your monitoring plan should address, at a minimum, the following questions:

    • What are your goals for monitoring?

    • What resources you will monitor?

    • How often you will monitor these resources?

    • What monitoring tools will you use?

    • Who will perform the monitoring tasks?

    • Who should be notified when something goes wrong?

  • Automate monitoring tasks as much as possible.

  • Check the log files on your EC2 instances.