Tips for Getting Started with AWS Personal Health Dashboard (PHD)


Are you effectively monitoring all of your existing AWS resources? If not, AWS Personal Health Dashboard may be a solution for you and your team.

With all of the new tools and services that are constantly being released in the AWS ecosystem, it can difficult to find up-to-date information. One relatively new AWS tool that has received significant interest from organizations of all sizes is the AWS Personal Health Dashboard (PHD). Today, we’re going to dig a bit deeper into this tool to help you learn all you need to get started.

What is the AWS Personal Health Dashboard?

The AWS PHD provides a variety of AWS Health alerts that affect your account. These alerts can be presented in two ways: a basic dashboard that shows information organized by category, or a full event log that includes all AWS Health event information for the past 90 days.

AWS PHD Dashboard

The AWS PHD Dashboard organizes issues into three distinct groups: scheduled changes, open issues, and other notifications. The other notifications and open issues typically cover issues that have occurred within the past seven days, while the scheduled changes reference issues that are either ongoing or upcoming.

In the dashboard, you’ll be able to access an Event Details section where you can view information about the event and the AWS resources that are affected.

To see all of the events that apply to your AWS account, click See all issues above the list of events and you’ll be taken to the Event Log.

Should you want to set up automatic notifications based on certain event status changes, you can use Amazon CloudWatch to setup events.

Event Log offers additional detail into AWS Health events

The Event Log offers a raw formatting of AWS Health events, compared to the more user-friendly AWS Personal Health Dashboard. While some of the information is the same in both the dashboard and the event log, the event log allows you to view additional columns, such as Event category and Status.

Any event that you select in the log will allow you to access more information about AWS resources that may be affected by the event itself.

Easily filter events based on a number of parameters, including Status, Availability Zone, Region, Event Category, and others.

Triggered alerts for AWS Health Events

An additional feature of the Personal Health Dashboard is the ability to add alerts to the AWS Management Console. There is now a bell icon in the navigation bar that displays recent AWS Health alerts affecting your AWS resources. You can use this tool to quickly determine if any events are affecting your AWS resources and may need special attention.

Interested in learning more about the AWS Personal Health Dashboard?

If you’re looking for a more transparent way to spot potential issues with your AWS resources, the Personal Health Dashboard may be your ticket to better management of your cloud-based tools. To learn how some of our clients are using PHD to better manage their AWS instances, feel free to reach out to our team today at 800-860-2040 or through our online contact form.

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