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Enhance CloudWatch metrics with metric math functions

Enhance CloudWatch metrics with metric math functions

In June 2021, the Amazon CloudWatch team launched 14 new metric math functions. In this blog post, I’ll describe these new functions and show how you can use them to enhance your existing CloudWatch metrics, dashboards, and alarms. Metrics are an important part of observability and monitoring. A numerical representation of data measured over time, […]

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Create fine-grained CloudWatch canary schedules with cron expressions

Create fine-grained CloudWatch canary schedules with cron expressions

In this post, I’ll explain how to create fine-grained canary schedules to meet your business requirements using built-in cron expression scheduling in Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics. You can use CloudWatch Synthetics to create canaries, configurable scripts that run on a schedule, to monitor your endpoints and APIs. Because canaries follow the same routes and perform the […]

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Introducing the AWSSQLServer-DBCC Automation document for SQL Server maintenance

Introducing the AWSSQLServer-DBCC Automation document for SQL Server maintenance

In the first three posts in this five-part series, I introduced you to AWS Launch Wizard Systems Manager Automation documents for SQL Server and showed you how to run the AWSSQLServer-Backup, AWSSQLServer-Restore, and AWSSQLServer-Index Automation documents. In this post, I’ll show you how to use the AWSSQLServer-DBCC document for SQL Server to execute database consistency […]

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Introducing the AWSSQLServer-Index Automation document for SQL Server maintenance

Introducing the AWSSQLServer-Index Automation document for SQL Server maintenance

In the first and second posts in this five-part series, I introduced you to AWS Launch Wizard Systems Manager Automation documents for SQL Server and showed you how to run the AWSSQLServer-Backup and AWSSQLServer-Restore Automation documents. In this post, I’ll show you how to use the AWSSQLServer-Index document for SQL Server index maintenance. The SQL […]

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Introducing the AWSSQLServer-Restore Automation document for SQL Server maintenance

Introducing the AWSSQLServer-Restore Automation document for SQL Server maintenance

In the first post in this five-part series, I introduced you to AWS Launch Wizard Systems Manager Automation documents for SQL Server and showed you how to run the AWSSQLServer-Backup document. In this second post, I’ll show you how to restore a SQL Server backup from Amazon S3 using the AWSSQLServer-Restore document. The SQL Server […]

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Introducing the AWSSQLServer-Backup Automation document for SQL Server maintenance

Introducing the AWSSQLServer-Backup Automation document for SQL Server maintenance

This is the first in a five-part series to introduce you to AWS Launch Wizard Systems Manager Automation documents for SQL Server. AWS maintains these predefined Automation documents, which you can use to perform critical maintenance tasks for SQL Server, including backup, restore, reindex, and DBCC. In this post, I will describe the purpose of […]

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Introducing Maintenance Windows for scheduling Automation documents against your SQL Server instances

Introducing Maintenance Windows for scheduling Automation documents against your SQL Server instances

In parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 of this five-part series, I introduced you to AWS Launch Wizard Systems Manager Automation documents for SQL Server and showed you how to run the AWSSQLServer-Backup, AWSSQLServer-Restore, AWSSQLServer-Index, and AWSSQLServer-DBCC Automation documents. In this last post of the series, I’ll introduce you to Maintenance Windows, a powerful tool […]

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Using OPA to create AWS Config rules

Using OPA to create AWS Config rules

In this blog post, we will show how you can use AWS Config custom rules with Open Policy Agent (OPA) to evaluate the compliance of your AWS resources. AWS Config enables you to assess, audit, and evaluate the configuration of your AWS resources. The service continuously monitors and records your AWS resource configurations and allows […]

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Implement operations observability in landing zone environments

Implement operations observability in landing zone environments

In an earlier blog post, Automate customized deployment of cross-account/cross-region CloudWatch dashboards using tags, we showed you how to implement Amazon CloudWatch dashboards for specific events with automation. This solution is great for seasonal events, holidays, important releases, and other use cases. In this blog post, we will review a landing zone environment and share a […]

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Use Amazon EventBridge rules to run AWS Systems Manager automation in response to CloudWatch Alarms

Use Amazon EventBridge rules to run AWS Systems Manager automation in response to CloudWatch alarms

Since its launch in 2009, Amazon CloudWatch has become the cloud-native choice for a monitoring and observability service built for DevOps engineers, developers, site reliability engineers (SREs), and IT managers. CloudWatch provides you with data and actionable insights to monitor your applications, respond to system-wide performance changes, optimize resource utilization, and get a unified view […]

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