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Category: AWS Systems Manager

Securely connect to Amazon RDS for PostgreSQL with AWS Session Manager and IAM authentication

Company policies usually do not allow database instances to have a public endpoint unless there is a specific business requirement. Although that protects those resources from public access over the internet, it also limits how users can connect to them from their computers. Frequently, database administrators and development teams try to overcome that restriction by […]

Configure Amazon RDS Custom for Oracle using AWS CloudFormation and AWS Systems Manager for JD Edwards One-Click

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) Custom automates database administration tasks and operations. RDS Custom makes it possible for you as a database administrator to access and customize your database environment and operating system. With RDS Custom, you can customize to meet the requirements of legacy, custom, and packaged applications. One way to configure your […]

Automate tasks in Amazon RDS Custom for Oracle using AWS Systems Manager documents

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) Custom is a managed database service for legacy, custom, and packaged applications that require access to the underlying OS and DB environment. You may need to modify the default configuration of an RDS Custom for Oracle instance to meet various requirements, such as enable database features or options, change […]

Securely connect to an Amazon RDS or Amazon EC2 database instance remotely with your preferred GUI

This blog post was last updated July 2022, to reflect the new RemoteHostPortForwarding feature of AWS Systems Manager Session Manager. Database professionals have used GUI-based tools for many years. They’re feature rich, provide snazzy functionalities such as being able to right-click and view script object definitions (for example, tables to a query window), provide graphical […]


Automate benchmark tests for Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL

Optimizing a database is an important activity for new and existing application workloads. You need to take cost, operations, performance, security, and reliability into consideration. Conducting benchmark tests help with these considerations. With Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible Edition, you can run multiple benchmark tests with different transaction characteristics matching your data access patterns. In this post, […]

Schedule Amazon RDS stop and start using AWS Systems Manager

Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. Traditional relational databases require time spent on capacity planning, maintenance, backup, and recovery; a substantial amount of a database administrator’s time is lost to these tasks. Amazon RDS helps DBAs time spent on other […]

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 […]

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.