AWS Cloud Operations & Migrations Blog

Category: Learning Levels

Keeping Ansible effortless with AWS Systems Manager

Ansible is a powerful tool because it lets you handle many complicated tasks with minimal effort. Some time ago, I published running Ansible playbooks using Systems Manager blog when the first version of the AWS Systems Manager (SSM) document was released, which enabled support for Ansible. In that blog, I discussed the tight integration of […]

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Automating Feature Release using AWS AppConfig Integration with AWS Codepipeline

Last year, we released AWS AppConfig a new capability within AWS Systems Manager to create, manage, and quickly deploy application configurations. AppConfig enables you to validate your application configuration before deployment and enables you to deploy configuration in a controlled and monitored way. AWS AppConfig enables you to deploy configuration changes independent of the application code […]

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Tracking your Oracle licenses using AWS License Manager

Introduction Many of our customers are running Oracle databases in AWS. They have asked for help with managing their Oracle licenses. In response, AWS has released some new features to AWS License Manager to help customers manage their Oracle licenses running in AWS. AWS License Manager is a service that helps customers manage their software […]

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Software patching with AWS Systems Manager

Cloud computing adoption has been rapidly increasing with enterprises around the globe, opting for various migration patterns during their cloud journey. Taking monolithic legacy applications as-is and moving them to the cloud, is an approach also known as “lift-and-shift,” and is one of the main drivers for cloud migration. As customers become more knowledgeable about […]

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Track IBM license usage with AWS License Manager

Introduction In this blog post, I show you how you can track and enforce licensing for your IBM software products running on AWS or on-premises. IBM licenses many of its products using a processor-based licensing approach by Processor Value Units (PVU). IBM defines a processor, for purposes of PVU-based licensing, to be each processor core […]

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Overview of architecture: Multiple target accounts send info to master account

Managing aged access keys through AWS Config remediations

One of the security best practices that is time-consuming to manage is enforcing IAM access key rotation for IAM users. Access keys give IAM users the ability to connect to Amazon EC2 instances. Therefore rotating these regularly (for example, every 90 days) is one of the key steps in protecting your resources from unauthorized access. […]

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One-Click access to servers and VMs with Session Manager and MontyCloud

IT administrators and DevOps engineers often perform routine operations to manage their cloud infrastructure, modern on-premises environment workloads, and applications. One such routine operation is the ability to manage Amazon EC2 instances, on-premises instances, and virtual machines (VM) through a remote session. Several tasks such as application and server log reviews, fine-tune configurations, or aborting […]

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Delegated Administrator for AWS Service Catalog

Simplify sharing your AWS Service Catalog portfolios in an AWS Organizations setup

Note: This is a June 2020 update to the blog post How to set up a multi-region, multi-account catalog of company standard AWS Service Catalog products. Overview I have seen interest in the native infrastructure template sharing capabilities offered by AWS Service Catalog. For example, my customers share AWS Service Catalog portfolios directly to AWS […]

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AWS Chatbot on Slack Architecture

7 AWSome ways to use AWS Chatbot

AWS Chatbot is an interactive agent that makes it easy to monitor and interact with your AWS resources in your Slack channels and Amazon Chime chat rooms. With AWS Chatbot you can receive alerts, run commands to return diagnostic information, invoke AWS Lambda functions, and create AWS Support cases. There are many different ways to […]

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Solution architecture for Batch account creation using AWS Control Tower

How to automate the creation of multiple accounts in AWS Control Tower

Last updated 24 Feb 2022 to support submission of 300+ account entries per each deployment. Last updated 17 Nov 2021 to handle the changes to Account Factory inputs parameters with Nested OU support. Last updated 25 JUL 2021 to pass account details from local S3 bucket. Many customers that we work with are creating and […]

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