Microsoft Workloads on AWS

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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 […]

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Monitor applications and AWS infrastructure using Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights

Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights helps you monitor your applications and AWS infrastructure running those applications by providing easy monitoring setup and a holistic view into the health of your applications. You begin with CloudWatch Application Insights discovering the applications in your AWS Resource Groups or account. Then, it will identify and set up metrics, logs, […]

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Setting up monitors for .NET Application and SQL Server using Application Insights

Many Windows-based applications are .NET applications. They use SQL Server in the backend to retrieve and persist data. Often in the journey to the cloud, a rehost decision is made for such a solution using a simple lift-and-shift approach. When such applications are hosted on the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Windows platform, native […]

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Building Windows containers with AWS CodePipeline on AWS GovCloud (US)

Many AWS GovCloud (US) customers and their partners use AWS CodePipeline and AWS CodeBuild to build Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI/CD) pipelines on AWS. Building on AWS GovCloud (US), however, introduces a few restrictions, not present in other AWS Regions, when implementing pipelines for Windows container applications. In this blog post, I will explain what these […]

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Simplifying SQL Server on Amazon EC2 experience with AWS Launch Wizard, Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights and AWS Systems Manager Application Manager: Part 2

In Part1 of this series, you learned how to configure, deploy SQL Server using AWS Launch Wizard. Next, you also learned how to setup, automate monitoring using Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights. Although this does simplify the configuration and deployment of SQL Server, the DBAs and SysOps teams still spend considerable time doing, completing day to […]

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Simplifying SQL Server on Amazon EC2 experience with AWS Launch Wizard, Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights and AWS Systems Manager Application Manager: Part 1

With the release of AWS Launch Wizard for SQL Server last year, we continue to see more customers using AWS Launch Wizard for SQL Server to quickly deploy highly available SQL Server environments on AWS. AWS Launch Wizard simplifies the provisioning and configuration of Microsoft SQL Server environments on AWS with a guided experience to […]

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Implementing security notifications for end user activity on Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

Security is job zero at AWS. Logging end user access to customer data is a key component of many customers’ internal security policies and compliance needs. End user access audit logs can be used to conduct periodic security audits and forensic investigations for security incidents. However, customers often need to learn about potentially anomalous behavior […]

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How to upgrade Windows Server 2008R2 using CloudEndure and AWS Managed Services

This post was contributed by Asif Fouzi, Sr. Solutions Architect, and Michael McGarvey, Sr. Service Delivery Manager, Amazon Managed Services. Many enterprises host mission-critical applications that run on Windows Server 2008R2 or older versions of Windows Server. Microsoft ended support for these older versions of SQL Server on January 14, 2020, including Windows Server 2008 […]

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How to run Microsoft Exchange Server on AWS using Amazon EC2

I’ve been asked, “Is it possible to run Microsoft Exchange on AWS?” Yes, it is. In this two-part blog series, I will walk you through two common architectures for running Microsoft Exchange on AWS. In this first post, I cover the architecture of running Microsoft Exchange on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Windows instances and […]

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How to create Windows Server Bring-Your-Own-License AMIs from on-premises with VM Import/Export

By Garry Singh, Senior Microsoft Solutions Architect and Sepehr Samiei, Senior Microsoft Solutions Architect If you’re thinking of running your Microsoft Windows or Microsoft SQL Server applications on AWS, you’re not alone. We’ve spent 11 years helping thousands of customers run their most critical Microsoft workloads on AWS. Because we’re committed to helping you run […]

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