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Deep Dive on AWS CloudFormation Macros to transform your templates

AWS CloudFormation macros add custom operations to your templates, including iterations, string manipulations, and math operations. Macros allow these language extensions without sacrificing the declarative benefits enjoyed by our customers, whether they are novice developers or experienced system admins. CloudFormation macros are ideal for system administrators and developers who benefit from the additional logic to […]

Use AWS CloudFormation Macros to create multiple resources from a single resource definition

AWS CloudFormation macros are used for the custom processing of your template. They use the features of imperative programming, which are not natively available while writing CloudFormation templates. In this blog post, I show you how to create and deploy a CloudFormation macro that provisions identical resources iteratively and uses a unique resource property to […]

AWS Health Aware – Customize AWS Health Alerts for Organizational and Personal AWS Accounts

AWS strives for high availability and has a 99.9% uptime for most services. However, in the rare event that incidents do occur, customers should be prepared to respond. AWS Health is the primary channel to communicate service degradation, scheduled changes, and resource impacting issues. For customers running critical applications, having access to proactive and real-time […]

Set up an organization-wide aggregator in AWS Config using a delegated administrator account

AWS Config provides a detailed view of the configuration of AWS resources in your AWS account. With AWS Config, you can review changes in configurations and relationships between AWS resources, explore resource configuration histories, and use rules to determine compliance. An aggregator is an AWS Config resource type that collects AWS Config configuration and compliance […]

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Using AWS Cost and Usage Reports and Cost Allocation Tags to understand VPC Flow Logs data ingestion costs in Amazon S3

AWS customers enable the VPC Flow Logs feature in their accounts for security, governance, and auditing. They often have several teams who create VPC flow log subscriptions for their workloads and publish the data  to the same Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket as part of a centralized logging architecture. Customers need a way […]

Troubleshoot and resolve Windows workload issues using AWS Systems Manager Fleet Manager

If you’re a cloud operations engineer, you have the financial and operational responsibility to implement a monitoring, tracking, and resolution process to keep a fleet of EC2 instances healthy while staying within budget. In this blog post, I show how you can quickly detect, track, troubleshoot, and resolve operational issues at scale with Amazon CloudWatch, […]

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 […]

Introducing the AWS AppConfig Python Helper Library

AWS AppConfig enables you to manage and quickly deploy application configurations without doing time-consuming code deployments. With AWS AppConfig, you can create an application configuration, validate it to make sure it is free of syntax or semantic errors, and deploy it to your targets at a controlled rate at runtime. If AWS AppConfig encounters errors […]

Standardizing Database Migrations with AWS Database Migration Service and AWS Service Catalog

Companies and organizations are moving data and technology infrastructure to AWS to modernize their applications and gain access to cloud services. The move results in lower costs, increased productivity, and reduced downtime. Some customers are migrating data to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to take advantage of AWS AI and ML services, while others […]

Using Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics to find broken links on your website

Most businesses and professionals build and maintain websites to bring visibility and credibility to their work. These websites often act as a medium for messaging. They shape the online perception of the business. When links on a website are broken, users get frustrated. If they cannot access the information they need, they might take their […]