Monitoring EC2 detailed metrics and installing CloudWatch Monitoring

Services Covered

  • CloudWatch CloudWatch
  • EC2 EC2

Lab description

Monitoring EC2 instances in CloudWatch. Create alarm, subscribe to SNS and receive notifications.

Learning Objectives

  • Monitoring EC2 instances
  • Create CloudWatch Alarm
  • Install EC2 monitoring scripts

Lab date



  • AWS account

Lab steps

  1. In EC2 launch an Amazon Linux instance of type t2.micro. In configuration tab enable Detailed CloudWatch monitoring and paste the user data:
    yum install -y perl-Switch perl-DateTime perl-Sys-Syslog perl-LWP-Protocol-https perl-Digest-SHA.x86_64
    echo "*/1 * * * * /aws-scripts-mon/ --mem-util --disk-space-util --disk-path=/ --from-cron" > monitoring.txt
    crontab monitoring.txt
    rm monitoring.txt

    That script will install Perl, CloudWatch Monitoring scripts and configure crontab to run the monitoring.

  2. In the CloudWatch dashboard go to Metrics, there should be a Custom Namespace with System/Linux which corresponds to the metrics coming from CloudWatch monitoring installed from previous step.
  3. In CloudWatch console navigate to Alarms and create a new one. Set the following values leaving the defaults for the rest: Whenever High CPU is…: Greater/Equal Than…:50.

    Whenever this alarm state is…: in Alarm Select an SNS topic: Create new topic

    Lab files