Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
User Guide for Linux Instances

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Create a CloudWatch Alarm for an Instance

You can create a CloudWatch alarm that monitors CloudWatch metrics for one of your instances. CloudWatch will automatically send you a notification when the metric reaches a threshold you specify. You can create a CloudWatch alarm using the Amazon EC2 console, or using the more advanced options provided by the CloudWatch console.

To create an alarm using the CloudWatch console

For examples, see Creating Amazon CloudWatch Alarms in the Amazon CloudWatch User Guide.

To create an alarm using the Amazon EC2 console

  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Instances.

  3. Select the instance.

  4. On the Monitoring tab, choose Create Alarm.

  5. In the Create Alarm dialog box, do the following:

    1. Choose create topic. For Send a notification to, enter a name for the SNS topic. For With these recipients, enter one or more email addresses to receive notification.

    2. Specify the metric and the criteria for the policy. For example, you can leave the default settings for Whenever (Average of CPU Utilization). For Is, choose >= and enter 80 percent. For For at least, enter 1 consecutive period of 5 Minutes.

    3. Choose Create Alarm.

            Create a CloudWatch alarm using the Amazon EC2 console.