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Replacing SSH access to reduce management and security overhead with AWS Systems Manager

Cesar Soares, DevOps and cloud infrastructure manager, VR Beneficios In many corporate enterprises, interactive shell access to cloud or datacenter environments is a necessity. It must be supported in a secure, auditable manner, often programmatic or via scripting, and with strong access controls. As discussed in a previous post by Jeff Barr, AWS Systems Manager […]

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Auto-populate instance details by integrating AWS Config with your ServiceNow CMDB

Introduction Many AWS customers either integrate ServiceNow into their existing AWS services or set up both ServiceNow and AWS services for simultaneous use. One challenge in this use case is the need to update your configuration management database (CMDB) when a new spin-up instance appears in AWS. This post demonstrates how to integrate AWS Config […]

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Enhancing configuration management at Verizon using AWS Systems Manager

In large enterprise organizations, it’s challenging to maintain standardization across environments. This is especially true if these environments are provisioned in a self-service manner—and even more so when new users access these provisioning services. In this post, I describe how we at Verizon found a balance operating between agility, governance, and standardization for our AWS […]

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Get visibility into application health with Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights for .NET and SQL Server

To provide a reliable service to your customers, you need to make sure that your business-critical applications are healthy. If you have ever been involved in the monitoring process, you’re probably already aware of its complexity. You need to identify and configure the right set of monitors for various parts of your application and infrastructure, […]

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Managing multiple stacks and overriding parameters in AWS CloudFormation

In Q4 2018, the AWS CloudFormation team released a refreshed version of the management console as an opt-in experience. This redesign re-explored many of the common ways that you can interact with this service. In this post, I’d like to introduce a suite of updates that makes the redesign into the default console experience. The […]

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Understanding AWS Lambda behavior using Amazon CloudWatch Logs Insights

In this guest post, Alice Xiao, Data Analyst at financial services company State Street Corporation discusses how State Street built a framework using CloudWatch Logs Insights to support their innovation process of rapidly converting business ideas into client-centered applications. Introduction Customers want to do rapid prototyping and ensure critical defects are quickly resolved, so understanding […]

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Tracking software licenses with AWS Service Catalog and AWS Step Functions

Enterprises have many business requirements for tracking how software product licenses are used in their organization for financial, governance, and compliance reasons. By tracking license usage, organizations can stay within budget, track expenditures, and avoid unplanned true-up bills from their vendors’ true-up processes. The goal is to track the usage licenses as resources are deployed. […]

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Packaging to Distribution – Using AWS Systems Manager Distributor to deploy Datadog

AWS Systems Manager Distributor automates the process of packaging and publishing software to managed Windows and Linux instances across the cloud landscape, as well as to on-premises servers, through a single simplified interface. Customers can now leverage AWS Systems Manager Distributor to package custom software like monitoring agents and security agents, and then distribute them […]

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Using AWS License Manager to track your Microsoft SQL Server licenses

AWS License Manager can manage any software licenses that are based on vCPU, physical cores, physical sockets, or number of instances. In this blog post, we’ll walk through a common use case of using AWS License Manager to help you manage your SQL Server licenses. Step 1: Launch License Manager You can access License Manager […]

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