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Category: Learning Levels

Workflow diagram that shows how Control Tower's lifecycle events are generated and recorded

Using lifecycle events to track AWS Control Tower actions and trigger automated workflows

Many customers that I work with are creating and provisioning new accounts using AWS Control Tower. They prefer an AWS native solution for creating their environment knowing that it will be based upon documented AWS Best Practices. As customers scale their account creation, there exists an opportunity to use additional Control Tower features to perform […]

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Building a fully automated Dow Jones Asset Tracking System on AWS

Dow Jones is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to consumers and organizations around the world across multiple formats, including print, digital, mobile and live events. Dow Jones has produced unrivaled quality content for more than 130 years and today has one of the world’s largest news gathering operations globally. It […]

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New features of Run Command: Copy to new, rerun, and CloudWatch Metrics

In this blog post, I cover new features of AWS Systems Manger Run Command that make deploying and testing automation at scale easier. AWS Systems Manager is a great platform to simplify the task of managing infrastructure at scale. One of the key features of this platform is Run Command, which enables automation of common […]

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Introducing AWS Config Multi-Account, Multi-Region support for Advanced Query

I’m excited to introduce you to our latest feature addition, AWS Config Advanced Query. Advanced query, launched last year, makes it easy to query the resource configuration properties of your AWS resources for audit, compliance, or operational troubleshooting using simple SQL-like queries. With our latest release, you can now use Advanced query with configuration aggregators, enabling you […]

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Creating Packer images using AWS System Manager Automation

If you run AWS EC2 instances in AWS, then you are probably familiar with the concept of pre-baking Amazon Machine Images (AMIs). That is, preloading all needed software and configuration on an EC2 instance, then creating an image of that. The resulting image can then be used to launch new instances with all software and […]

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Mechanisms to govern license usage with AWS License Manager

AWS License Manager streamlines the process of bringing software vendor licenses to the cloud. As you build your applications in AWS that use third party licenses or move your on-premises workloads to AWS, you can save costs by using bring-your-own-license (BYOL) opportunities. This can be done by re-purposing your existing license inventory for use with […]

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Tracking software usage across multiple AWS accounts using AWS License Manager

In a previous post Using AWS License Manager to track your Microsoft SQL Server licenses, you learned how to use AWS License Manager to help you manage your software licenses. In this post, I show you how to use License Manager to manage licenses for your entire organization or a select group of accounts. Overview […]

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AWS CloudFormation: Signed, sealed, and deployed

State Street Corporation is a global bank that is responsible for managing over 10% of the world’s wealth.  It also focuses on engineering better outcomes for its investors and customers, striving to bring innovative solutions to market and enhance customer value. To manage complexity and provide a stable agile platform, State Street uses Infrastructure as […]

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Enabling self-service provisioning of AWS resources with AWS Control Tower

Customers provision new accounts in AWS Control Tower whenever they are on-boarding new business units or setting up application workloads. In some cases, organizations also want their cloud users, developers, and data scientists to deploy self-service standardized and secure patterns and architectures with the new account. Here are a few examples: A developer or cloud […]

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How to set up CloudWatch Anomaly Detection to set dynamic alarms, automate actions, and drive online sales

In this post, I introduce you to Anomaly Detection in Amazon CloudWatch. I provide a step-by-step tutorial on how to create Anomaly Detection alarms that are dynamic, so you can automate actions such as placing items on sale if retail orders drop below an expected baseline. Why Anomaly Detection in Amazon CloudWatch? Amazon CloudWatch is […]

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