Step 3: Try Systems Manager tutorials and walkthroughs - AWS Systems Manager

Step 3: Try Systems Manager tutorials and walkthroughs

This topic guides you to tutorials, walkthroughs, and basic tasks to help you learn how to use AWS Systems Manager.

Because Systems Manager is a collection of multiple capabilities, no single walkthrough or tutorial can introduce the entire service. Therefore, we've provided links to resources according to the capability for which they provide practice.

Usually, you don't need to complete additional setup or configuration tasks before you start. You can complete all of the tasks if you have necessary permissions and, where needed, access to one or more managed instances.

Sometimes, additional configuration, setup, or experience with Systems Manager are required before you try a tutorial or walkthrough. We've identified those tutorials and walkthroughs as "Advanced".

Operations management

Explorer

Explorer, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, is a customizable operations dashboard that reports information about your AWS resources. Explorer displays an aggregated view of operations data (OpsData) for your AWS accounts and across AWS Regions.

OpsCenter

OpsCenter, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, provides a central location where operations engineers and IT professionals can view, investigate, and resolve operational work items (OpsItems) related to AWS resources.

Application management

Application Manager

Application Manager, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, helps DevOps engineers investigate and remediate issues with their AWS resources in the context of their applications. Application Manager aggregates operations information from multiple AWS services and Systems Manager capabilities to a single AWS Management Console.

Parameter Store

Parameter Store, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, provides a centralized store to manage your configuration data, whether plaintext data such as database strings or secrets such as passwords. This allows you to separate your secrets and configuration data from your code. You can tag and organize parameters into hierarchies to help manage them.

Change management

Change Manager

Change Manager, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, is an enterprise change management framework for requesting, approving, implementing, and reporting on operational changes to your application configuration and infrastructure.

Automation

Automation, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, allows you to safely automate operations and management tasks across AWS resources. You can automate common IT tasks, safely perform disruptive tasks in bulk, simplify complex tasks, enhance operations security, and use stored configuration scripts to share best practices with the rest of your organization.

Change Calendar

Change Calendar, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, helps you set up date and time ranges when actions you specify are or are not permitted to occur in your AWS account.

Maintenance Windows

Maintenance Windows, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, helps you define a schedule for performing potentially disruptive actions on your managed instances, such as patching an operating system, updating drivers, or installing software or patches.

Node management

Fleet Manager

Fleet Manager, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, is a unified user interface (UI) experience that helps you remotely manage your managed nodes. With Fleet Manager, you can view the health and performance status of your entire managed-node fleet from one console.

Compliance

Compliance, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, scans your fleet of managed nodes for patch compliance and configuration inconsistencies.

Inventory

Inventory, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, collects information about your managed nodes and the software installed on them, helping you to understand your system configurations and installed applications.

Session Manager

Session Manager, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, helps you manage your Amazon EC2 instances and AWS IoT Greengrass core devices through an interactive one-click browser-based shell or through the AWS CLI without the need to open inbound ports, maintain bastion hosts, or manage SSH keys.

Run Command

Run Command, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, provides secure remote management of your managed nodes at scale without logging into them. Run Command helps you manage your nodes without using bastion hosts, SSH, or remote PowerShell. Run Command also provides a simple way of automating common administrative tasks across groups of managed nodes such as registry edits, user management, and software and patch installations.

State Manager

State Manager, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, helps you maintain your fleet of managed nodes in a consistent configuration and state that you define. Using State Manager, you can control configuration details such as server configurations, antivirus definitions, firewall settings, and more.

Patch Manager

Patch Manager, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, helps you select and deploy operating system and software patches automatically across large groups of managed nodes.

Distributor

Distributor, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, helps you package your own software—or find AWS provided agent software packages, such as AmazonCloudWatchAgent—to install on Systems Manager managed nodes.

Shared resources

Documents

Documents, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, helps you create and manage SSM documents. An SSM document defines the actions that Systems Manager performs on your managed nodes. Systems Manager includes more than a dozen preconfigured documents that you can use by specifying parameters at runtime. Documents use JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) or YAML, and they include steps and parameters that you specify.