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Category: Management Tools

Automating database migration monitoring with AWS DMS

AWS Database Migration Service (AWS DMS) is a cloud service that makes it easy to migrate relational databases, data warehouses, NoSQL databases, and other types of data stores. During data migration with AWS DMS, it’s important to monitor the status of the ongoing replication tasks, which you can do on the task’s control table and with Amazon CloudWatch.

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Monitoring best practices with Amazon ElastiCache for Redis using Amazon CloudWatch

Monitoring is an important part of maintaining the reliability, availability, and performance of your Amazon ElastiCache resources. This post shows you how to maintain a healthy Redis cluster and prevent disruption using Amazon CloudWatch and other external tools. We also discuss methods to anticipate and forecast scaling needs.

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Scheduling and running Amazon RDS jobs with AWS Batch and Amazon CloudWatch rules

Database administrators and developers traditionally schedule scripts to run against databases using the system cron on the host where the database is running. As a managed database service, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) does not provide access to the underlying infrastructure, so if you migrate such workloads from on premises, you must move these jobs. […]

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Making better decisions about Amazon RDS with Amazon CloudWatch metrics

If you are using Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), you may wonder about how to determine the best time to modify instance configurations. This may include determining configurations such as instance class, storage size, or storage type. Amazon RDS supports various database engines, including MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, Oracle, and Amazon Aurora. Amazon CloudWatch can […]

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Building an AWS CloudFormation custom resource to manage Amazon RDS point-in-time recovery

Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. It provides cost-efficient and resizable capacity while automating time-consuming administration tasks such as hardware provisioning, database setup, patching, and backups. It frees you to focus on your business logic and application features, leaving the heavy lifting to AWS. […]

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Automate AWS CloudFormation template creation for AWS DMS tasks

Expanding on the earlier post, Create AWS CloudFormation templates for AWS DMS tasks using Microsoft Excel, this post highlights an enhanced feature of the same tool that can speed database migration. To demonstrate this feature, we present a small command line tool written in Python. The tool takes a CSV file containing the names of […]

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Manage databases through custom skills with Amazon Alexa and AWS Systems Manager

Over the years, customers have used Amazon Alexa voice commands to order supplies, listen to music, support meetings, manage home devices, and get weather and news updates. But what about AWS resource management? AWS managed and fully managed services already reduces your administrative tasks, letting you focus your resources on applications. Now, voice interaction can […]

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Import Amazon RDS Performance Insights counter metrics to Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon RDS Performance Insights is a feature that monitors Amazon RDS database instances so that you can analyze and troubleshoot database performance. You can view Performance Insights data in the AWS Management Console. Alternatively, Performance Insights provides a public API so that you can query your own data. You can use this API to ingest […]

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Monitor your Microsoft SQL Server using custom metrics with Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Systems Manager

In this blog post, we show you how to configure the CloudWatch agent on Amazon EC2 Windows instances to capture custom metrics for SQL Server from Windows performance monitor. We also show you how to publish those custom metrics and monitor them on Amazon CloudWatch console. We also walk you through on how to store custom configuration in AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store used by CloudWatch agent to capture those metrics and reuse the same configuration across multiple fleets of SQL Server instances where similar kind of metrics are needed.

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How to use CloudWatch metrics to decide between General Purpose or Provisioned IOPS for your RDS database

In this blog post, I talk about how you can use Amazon CloudWatch metrics to understand when you might benefit from provisioned IOPS, also known as IO1 volumes, for highest performance mission-critical database workloads. I start by setting up a test case that simulates a nonbursting consistent high-write workload. I compare performance between a database […]

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