Microsoft Workloads on AWS
Category: Management Tools
Optimizing performance and reducing licensing costs: Leveraging AWS Compute Optimizer for Amazon EC2 SQL Server instances
Amazon Web Services (AWS) recently added a new feature to AWS Compute Optimizer that detects Microsoft SQL Server workloads running on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) using machine learning. In this blog post, I will explain how this new feature helps you identify and optimize your SQL Server workloads. Addressing challenges in rightsizing SQL Server […]
Automate the Upgrade of an Amazon FSx for Windows File Server to a Multi-AZ deployment
For many workloads, customers use Amazon FSx for Windows File Server (Amazon FSx), a fully managed storage service based on Windows File Server. For non-production workloads, a single Availability Zone (AZ) deployment may be sufficient. But sometimes, the need arises to add high availability to the storage in an environment. Customers need a simple way […]
Automate Active Directory domain join activities at scale with AWS Systems Manager
In a previous blog post, I showed how you can use AWS Systems Manager Automation to dynamically automate domain join and unjoin activities with Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) for your Windows instances on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). The previous solution showed you how to manually domain join/unjoin activities against single or multiple […]
Reserve your seat: Microsoft workloads on AWS sessions–including .NET–at re:Invent 2022
In just a few weeks, Amazon Web Services (AWS) will host its 11th annual re:Invent for both in-person and virtual attendees. Join us in Las Vegas from November 28th through December 2nd for a full week of keynotes, leadership sessions, bootcamps, breakout content, and technical deep dives. This year, there is a new Enterprise & […]
Running your modern CoreWCF application on AWS
In this blog post, we will show you how to deploy a CoreWCF application on an Amazon Linux Graviton2 instance. Also, we will provide a sample application that integrates with Amazon CloudWatch. This approach of running CoreWCF applications on Linux and integration with other AWS services gives customers the ability to improve performance, increase security, […]
Provisioning SQL Server on Amazon EC2 with AWS Lambda, AWS Step Functions, and AWS Systems Manager
Automating the process of deploying SQL Server on Amazon EC2 not only simplifies the deployment, but it also gives customers the ability to spin up additional SQL Server instances for additional capacity or spin down instances when not in use to save money. The provisioning of SQL Server is a multi-step process that is outlined in this blog.
Simplifying Active Directory domain join with AWS Systems Manager
In this blog post, I will present a solution for managing the Active Directory domain membership for a dynamic fleet of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Windows instances using Automation, a capability of AWS Systems Manager. Using Systems Manager Automation, you can dynamically automate domain join and unjoin activities with Microsoft Active Directory Domain […]
How to set up Microsoft Visual Studio on Amazon EC2
AWS recently announced the general availability of license-included Visual Studio software on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances.
This offering is made possible by the new user-based subscriptions feature of AWS License Manager. Let’s review steps needed to set up your license-included Visual Studio software on an Amazon EC2 instance.
An AWS perspective on securely managing Windows Server infrastructure at scale
In this blog, we will provide a holistic approach to help customers manage their Windows Server infrastructure securely and at scale for both cloud-only and hybrid cloud using AWS services. This approach helps our customers use more efficient, unified, and automated operational solutions for managing server infrastructure. Cloud innovations have opened new possibilities for enterprise […]
Analyze Active Directory Event logs using Amazon OpenSearch
Today, security and operation teams have to rely on security events from multiple Active Directory (AD) domain controllers for security analysis. Some key insights from the security analysis include changes to Windows Firewall, users or groups, Windows Registry, and failed login attempts etc. Centralizing these events from domain controllers and domain joined servers and computers […]