Microsoft Workloads on AWS

Using SMB CSI Driver on Amazon EKS Windows nodes

Back in 2020, we first published a blog post on how Windows pods on Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Services (Amazon EKS) could access Amazon FSx for Windows File Server as persistent storage. This was accomplished by using AWS Systems Manager to automate the domain join. In the background, a feature from SMB protocol called “SMB Global […]

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How to set up high availability for SQL Server at DR site that was restored using AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery

In an earlier post, I talked about how to set up a disaster recovery (DR) solution for SQL Server Always On availability groups (AG) deployed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) platform to another AWS Region. In this follow-on post, I will show you how to set up High Availability (HA) for SQL Server […]

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Migration and modernization strategies for your SQL Server workloads on AWS

In this post, we explore various options to consider when optimizing your workloads to run on AWS. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to your migration and modernization journey. Use this post as a guide to help you strategically decide and plan migrations for your SQL Server workloads. Migrating your workloads to AWS offers several advantages, […]

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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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Improve EC2 Windows launch experience by upgrading the launch agent to the latest EC2Launch v2

Overview EC2Launch v2 is the latest Windows launch agent offered by AWS. It is the upgraded version of earlier launch agents, EC2Config and EC2Launch v1. EC2Launch v2 comes with more features that allow better control over the launch experience of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Windows instances. It makes the launch process consistent, more […]

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How Thermo Fisher Scientific integrated Microsoft Power Apps with data lake resources on AWS to enable automated self-service platform

This blog post explains how Thermo Fisher Scientific team integrated Microsoft Power Apps with data lake resources provisioned on Amazon S3. The post will also walk through the workflow devised to automate and enable the self-service platform for business users.

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Amazon FSx for Windows File Server and AWS Managed Microsoft AD Multi-Administrator Deployment

In this blog post, I will demonstrate how to configure your Amazon FSx for Windows File Server and AWS Managed Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to give separate teams administrative control over each individual Amazon FSx for Windows File Server. I was working with a customer that deployed Amazon FSx for Windows File Server with AWS […]

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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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Automating Amazon FSx for Windows File Server configuration for more efficient enforcement of security controls

Modern data security strategies require enforcing multiple security controls – including encryption, end-user access control, monitoring, and auditing – to meet internal security policies and compliance goals. Automating the configuration and enforcement of these controls not only reduces the risk of human error and mismanagement, but also reduces management cost and overhead, especially for complex […]

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Quickly deploy a CI/CD pipeline for Serverless .NET applications on AWS

This is part 3 in the blog post series that is designed to introduce .NET Quick Starts for AWS. In this post, we will introduce you to the Quick Start that builds a complete CI/CD pipeline using AWS CodePipeline. This CI/CD pipeline is for a serverless .NET application built using AWS Lambda, Amazon API Gateway, […]

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