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Guided Lab: Creating your first CloudWatch Dashboard


Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring and management service provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) for applications and infrastructure resources running on the AWS platform. The CloudWatch service collects and tracks metrics, collects and monitors log files, and sets alarms. The CloudWatch Dashboard is a feature within CloudWatch that allows users to create customized dashboards to visualize and monitor their AWS resources and applications.

Key features and functions of CloudWatch Dashboard include:

  1. Customization: You can create dashboards that are tailored to their specific needs by adding and arranging widgets. Widgets can display various types of data, including graphs, numbers, text, and more.
  2. Visualization: Dashboards provide a visual representation of the performance and health of your AWS resources. This visual representation can help users quickly identify trends, patterns, and potential issues.
  3. Real-time Monitoring: The dashboard provides real-time monitoring capabilities, allowing users to see the current state of their resources and applications.
  4. Alarm Integration: Users can integrate CloudWatch Alarms into their dashboards. Alarms can be set to notify users when certain thresholds are breached, allowing for proactive responses to potential issues.


This lab assumes you have experience creating EC2 instances and are familiar with its basic components.

If you find any gaps in your knowledge, consider taking the following labs:

  • Creating an Amazon EC2 instance (Linux)
  • Setting up a Web server on an EC2 instance
  • Installing and configuring CloudWatch Agent


In this lab, you will:

  • Learn how to create your CloudWatch Dashboard