AWS DevOps Blog

How to Package Cookbook Dependencies Locally with Berkshelf

When AWS OpsWorks added support for Chef 11.10, OpsWorks introduced built-in support for Berkshelf, a dependency manager for Chef cookbooks. Enabling Berkshelf installs it on instances managed by OpsWorks so that it resolves cookbook dependencies on the instances as specified in a Berksfile. Despite the benefits, using Berkshelf with OpsWorks this way does have some […]

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Integrating AWS OpsWorks and AWS CodeCommit

Take advantage of CodeCommit as a repository for OpsWorks now! AWS OpsWorks (OpsWorks) can automatically fetch the Apps and Chef cookbooks from Git repositories, among other sources. This post shows how AWS OpsWorks can use the new Git-based repository service, AWS CodeCommit (CodeCommit), to fetch and deploy an application stored in an CodeCommit repository.   […]

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Faster Auto Scaling in AWS CloudFormation Stacks with Lambda-backed Custom Resources

Many organizations use AWS CloudFormation (CloudFormation) stacks to facilitate blue/green deployments, routinely launching replacement AWS resources with updated packages for code releases, security patching, and change management. To facilitate blue/green deployments with CloudFormation, you typically pass code version identifiers (e.g., a commit hash) to new application stacks as template parameters. Application servers in an Auto Scaling […]

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Integrating AWS CodeCommit with Review Board

Today we have a guest post from Jeff Nunn, a Solutions Architect at AWS, specializing in DevOps and Big Data solutions. By now you’ve probably heard of AWS CodeCommit–a secure, highly scalable, managed source control service that hosts private Git repositories. AWS CodeCommit supports the standard functionality of Git, allowing it to work seamlessly with […]

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Integrating AWS CodeCommit with Jenkins

Today we have a guest post written by Emeka Igbokwe, a Solutions Architect at AWS. This post walks you through the steps to set up Jenkins and AWS CodeCommit to support 2 simple continuous integration (CI) scenarios. In the 1st scenario, you will make a change in your local Git repository, push the change to […]

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Manage agent updates on AWS OpsWorks-managed instances

Until today, AWS OpsWorks customers have had no choice about whether and when to receive updates for the agent and the built-in cookbook. Beginning today, you can select whether you receive such updates and, if you do, when the updates will occur. On the Add Stack page, in the OpsWorks Agent Version field, choose Manual […]

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Using CodeDeploy Environment Variables

Using CodeDeploy Environment Variables AWS CodeDeploy AWS CodeDeploy is an AWS service that can help customers deploy their applications quickly and reliably to Amazon EC2 instances or on-premises servers. To learn more about the service, visit the AWS CodeDeploy home page or see the AWS CodeDeploy documentation. When you use AWS CodeDeploy, your deployment goes […]

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Using Capistrano to run arbitrary commands on AWS OpsWorks instances

AWS OpsWorks customers frequently request the ability to run arbitrary commands. And while OpsWorks sets up and manages the Amazon EC2 instances your application runs on and manages users’ access to your instances, it doesn’t allow running arbitrary commands. Let’s say, for example, that you wanted to run uptime across your fleet. You could create […]

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Send ECS Container Logs to CloudWatch Logs for Centralized Monitoring

My colleagues Brandon Chavis, Pierre Steckmeyer and Chad Schmutzer sent a nice guest post that demonstrates how to send your container logs to a central source for easy troubleshooting and alarming.   —– On May 5 Amazon ECS launched support for the Amazon CloudWatch Logs Docker driver. This provides a simpler method to send container logs […]

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Using the Elastic Beanstalk (EB) CLI to create, manage, and share environment configuration

My colleague Nick Humrich wrote up the guest post below to share a powerful way to use the EB CLI to manage environment configurations — Abhishek The AWS Elastic Beanstalk command line interface (EB CLI) makes it easier for developers to get started with Elastic Beanstalk by using command line tools. Last November, we released […]

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