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Category: Compute

Secure Serverless Development Using AWS Service Catalog

Serverless computing allows you to build and run applications and services without having to manage servers. AWS Service Catalog allows you to create and manage catalogs of services that are approved for use on AWS. Combining Serverless and Service Catalog together is a great way to safely allow developers to create products and services in […]

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Automating the discovery of unused AWS Lambda functions

In 2017 Kyle Somers explained how you can gain visibility into the execution of your AWS Lambda functions in his blog post announcing AWS CloudTrail data events for AWS Lambda. In my blog post, I’ll expand upon Kyle’s post to show you how you can combine CloudTrail data events for AWS Lambda with the power […]

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How to secure infrequently used EC2 instances with AWS Systems Manager

Many organizations have predictable spikes in the usage of their applications and services. For example, retailers see large spikes in usage during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. The beauty of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is that it allows customers to quickly scale up their compute power to meet these demands. However, some customers […]

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Password Rotation for Windows on Amazon EC2 Made Easy with EC2Rescue

EC2Rescue for Windows is an easy-to-use tool that you run on an Amazon EC2 Windows Server instance to diagnose and troubleshoot possible problems. A common use of the tool is to reset the local administrator password. Password rotation is an important security task in any organization. In addition, setting strong passwords is necessary to ensure […]

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Take Microsoft VSS-Enabled Snapshots Using Amazon EC2 Systems Manager

We are happy to announce the support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) on Amazon EC2 instances running Windows AMIs. VSS is a popular volume backup technology in the Microsoft Windows ecosystem (compatible with most Microsoft applications, including SQL Server and Exchange Server). VSS manages disk operations, such as file writes, when a backup […]

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Controlling Projected User Costs Through Monthly Budget Policies

Introduction With the announcement of our new AWS Price List Query APIs, let’s discuss a use-case that you can deploy directly to your AWS account. Customers often ask for ways to proactively control costs while having the flexibility to experiment with different AWS resource sizes and types. The solution we’ll discuss in this blog post […]

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Configuring Serverless Applications Using AWS CloudFormation Custom Resources

AWS makes it easy for developers to get started developing applications in the cloud. With the extensive array of services available on AWS, developers might incorporate more than just a few components in their applications. Manually managing the resources needed for an application can become time consuming. In addition, applications usually require more than just […]

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Recover your impaired instances using EC2Rescue and Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Automation

Have you ever had an issue connecting to your Amazon EC2 Windows instance? This can be caused by any number of different reasons, but is almost always related to how the instance is configured. Unfortunately, if you can’t connect to it, you can’t fix it! Earlier this year, AWS announced EC2Rescue for Windows, a convenient, […]

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Smart Budgeting Using Lambda and Service Catalog

If you have a lot of development activity in your organization, it’s important to keep track of your non-production AWS accounts. If these accounts aren’t monitored closely, you might easily end up exceeding your budget. In this blog post, I demonstrate how you can use the AWS Budgets alert in conjunction with AWS Lambda and […]

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Keeping CloudWatch Dashboards up to date using AWS Lambda

With the launch of the new CloudWatch Dashboards API and CloudFormation support it is now easy to automate your CloudWatch Dashboards and make sure they monitor all the resources that you launched when creating your CloudFormation stacks. Let’s now see how you can use the new CloudWatch Dashboards API to dynamically update your dashboard as […]

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