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Getting Started with AWS Auto Scaling

This tutorial provides a hands-on introduction to AWS Auto Scaling through the AWS Management Console, a web-based interface. To create your first scaling plan, complete the following steps.

Requirements

AWS Auto Scaling uses an application source to discover the AWS resources that power your application. You can use a AWS CloudFormation stack or a set of tags as an application source. You need the name of your CloudFormation stack or a set of tags before you can create a scaling plan.

You can create one scaling plan per application source and add each scalable resource to one scaling plan.

Step 1: Search for Your Scalable Resources

Use one of the following procedures to specify the application source for your scalable resources.

To specify a CloudFormation stack as the application source

  1. Open the AWS Auto Scaling console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/awsautoscaling/. From the welcome page, choose Get started.

  2. Select Search by CloudFormation stack.

  3. Select your AWS CloudFormation stack and choose Next.

To specify a set of tags as the application source

  1. Open the AWS Auto Scaling console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/awsautoscaling/. From the welcome page, choose Get started.

  2. Select Search by tag.

  3. For each tag, select a tag key from Key and tag values from Value. To add tags, choose Add another row. To remove tags, choose Remove.

  4. When you are finished specifying tags, choose Next.

Step 2: Configure Your Scaling Plan

On the Configure scaling plan page, for Scaling plan details, Name, type a name for your scaling plan. For each type of scalable resource, select a strategy. To omit a type of scalable resource from your scaling plan, clear Include in scaling plan. When you are finished, choose Next.

Step 3: Create Your Scaling Plan

On the Review and create page, choose Create scaling plan.

Step 4: Delete Your Scaling Plan (Optional)

When you are finished with a scaling plan, you can delete it. Deleting a scaling plan deletes the target tracking policies that AWS Auto Scaling created on your behalf. Deleting a scaling plan does not delete your AWS CloudFormation stack or the scalable resources.

To delete a scaling plan

  1. Open the AWS Auto Scaling console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/awsautoscaling/.

  2. On the Scaling plans page, select the scaling plan and choose Delete.

  3. When prompted for confirmation, choose Delete