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Use AWS License Manager and AWS Systems Manager to discover SQL Server BYOL instances

Use AWS License Manager and AWS Systems Manager to discover SQL Server BYOL instances

Most enterprises find it hard to maintain control of the commercial licensing of Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM products due to limited visibility. They wind up over-provisioning licenses to avoid the headache with third party license providers or under-provisioning licenses, only to be faced with steep penalties. If your enterprise uses AWS, you can address this […]

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AWS Control Tower Detective Guardrails as an AWS Config Conformance Pack

Many of the customers I work with would like to be able to apply AWS Control Tower’s detective guardrails to an existing AWS account before moving them to Control Tower governance. Now that you can launch AWS Control Tower in an existing AWS Organization, customers want to evaluate their existing accounts for compliance with AWS […]

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Architecture diagram with icons representing the AWS services and their relationships for the CloudWatchAutoAlarms Lambda function

Use tags to create and maintain Amazon CloudWatch alarms for Amazon EC2 instances (Part 1)

This blog post is the first in a two-part series. I walk you through a solution to automatically create and enforce a standard set of Amazon CloudWatch metric alarms for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud  (Amazon EC2) instances by using Amazon EC2 instance tags. Creating and configuring a standard set of CloudWatch alarms for a large […]

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Use tags to create and maintain Amazon CloudWatch alarms for Amazon EC2 instances (Part 2)

This blog post is the second in a two-part series. Part one of this blog post showed how to deploy and configure the CloudWatchAutoAlarms Lambda function to create a default alarm set and custom alarms for your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances using EC2 instance tags. In this post, I show how you […]

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Automating custom cost and usage tracking for member account owners in the AWS Migration Acceleration Program

This blog post was contributed by Kanishk Mahajan, AWS and Kalpana Roge, McAfee The AWS Migration Acceleration Program (MAP) is a cloud migration program that helps enterprises achieve business benefits by migrating existing workloads to Amazon Web Services. MAP provides consulting support, training, and credits on AWS services to reduce risk, build a strong operational […]

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Figure 1: CloudTrail Process Flow

How to optimize AWS CloudTrail costs by using advanced event selectors

AWS CloudTrail can be used for security, monitoring restricted API calls, notification of threshold breaches, operational issues, filtering mechanisms for isolating data, faster root cause identification, and speedy resolution. CloudTrail can also be used for various compliance and governance controls, by helping you achieve compliance by logging API calls and changes to resources. Event selectors […]

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Standardize with speed using AWS Service Catalog stack import

If you’ve used AWS Service Catalog, you probably know how it helps organizations increase standardization, encourage compliance, and improve speed and agility. This is done by enabling central administrators to publish and manage a standard set of compliant products that users can consume in a self-service manner. Customers often start by creating an AWS CloudFormation-based product in […]

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Manage Amazon CloudWatch agent deployment at scale using the AWS Cloud Development Kit to optimize AWS usage

In this blog post, we will show you how you can programmatically deploy the Amazon CloudWatch agent using the AWS Cloud Development Kit (AWS CDK) as you create your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances. You can use the command line, AWS Systems Manager, and AWS CloudFormation to install the CloudWatch agent on your EC2 instances. We also recently announced that the […]

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Four ways to retrieve any AWS service property using AWS CloudFormation (Part 3 of 3)

This post is the last in a series on how to build customizations using AWS CloudFormation. In part 1, we introduced you to cfn-response and crhelper and discussed the scenarios they are best suited for. In part 2, we addressed a coverage gap in our public roadmap and showed you how to build an AWS […]

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Four ways to retrieve any AWS service property using AWS CloudFormation (Part 2 of 3)

This post is the second in a series on how to build customizations using AWS CloudFormation. In part 1, we showed you how to develop customizations using cfn-response and crhelper and shared the scenarios they are best suited for. In this post, we’ll use AWS CloudFormation macros to address some of the coverage gaps identified […]

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