AWS Management & Governance Blog

Category: Configuration, compliance, and auditing

Centrally track Microsoft SQL Server licenses in AWS Organizations using AWS License Manager and AWS Systems Manager

Centrally track Microsoft SQL Server licenses in AWS Organizations using AWS License Manager and AWS Systems Manager

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. To assist enterprises with the challenge of tracking licenses, […]

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Ensure license compliance in AWS for ISVs using ISV seller-issued licenses

Ensure license compliance in AWS for ISVs using ISV seller-issued licenses

AWS License Manager helps reduce the risk of noncompliance by providing independent software vendors (ISVs) with a centralized AWS account and built-in controls to ensure only approved users and workloads can consume licenses. ISVs can use License Manager to manage and distribute software licenses to end users with and without AWS accounts. As an issuer, […]

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Save costs and deploy highly available Microsoft Exchange on AWS using Dedicated Hosts and License Manager

In a previous blog, “How to run Microsoft Exchange on AWS using Amazon EC2”, you learn how you can run Microsoft Exchange on AWS. However, did you also know that you could save costs by bringing both your Windows Server and Exchange licensing to Dedicated Hosts? In this post, I will show you how Amazon […]

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Use Amazon Athena and AWS CloudTrail to estimate billing for AWS Config rule evaluations

Use Amazon Athena and AWS CloudTrail to estimate billing for AWS Config rule evaluations

AWS Config is a service that enables you to audit your AWS resources for compliance to a desired configuration state. You are billed based on the number of Configuration Items (a point-in-time snapshot of an AWS resource) recorded and the number of AWS Config rules (a function that reports resource compliancy) evaluated per resource per […]

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AWS AppConfig: The Amazon service that helps you scale for large events like Prime Day

AWS AppConfig: The Amazon service that helps you scale for large events like Prime Day

Amazon uses a number of AWS services to help meet increased traffic and demand during Prime Day events. As Jeff Barr has mentioned in his previous blog posts, some key services used in Prime Day include: Amazon DynamoDB handles the trillions of Prime Day requests. Amazon Interactive Video Service (Amazon IVS) enables shoppers to shop […]

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Use AWS License Manager API operations to manage your Oracle licenses based on Oracle cloud policy

Use AWS License Manager API operations to manage your Oracle licenses based on Oracle cloud policy

Learn with Shree on how to use AWS License Manager API operations to manage your Oracle licenses (for databases running on Amazon RDS for Oracle, Amazon EC2 and on-premises servers) based on Oracle cloud policy. Additionally, learn how to use the built-in integration of License Manager API operations with AWS CloudTrail to prepare for vendor audit.

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Create a Jira issue using an AWS Config remediation action

Create a Jira issue using an AWS Config remediation action

AWS Config can create issue entries in the Jira Service Management platform when it determines an AWS resource is noncompliant. In this blog post, I show you how to configure an AWS Config rule to create a Jira issue after the rule detects a noncompliant AWS resource. I also share Jira Service Desk configuration changes […]

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Integrate across the Three Lines Model (Part 2): Transform AWS Config conformance packs into AWS Audit Manager assessments

Integrate across the Three Lines Model (Part 2): Transform AWS Config conformance packs into AWS Audit Manager assessments

The Three Lines Model developed by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) helps organizations identify structures and processes to facilitate strong governance and risk management. In that model, the first-line function manages risk. The second-line function oversees risk. The third-line function provides objective and independent assurance of risk management. According to Deloitte analysis, modernizing the […]

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Introducing AWS CloudFormation Guard 2.0

In their blog post published last year, Write preventive compliance rules for AWS CloudFormation templates the cfn-guard way, Luis, Raisa, and Josh showed you how to use CloudFormation Guard, an open source tool that helps validate your AWS CloudFormation templates against a rule set to keep AWS resources in compliance with company guidelines. Since the […]

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Use AWS Control Tower to automate configuration of AWS accounts for ServiceNow IT operations management

Use AWS Control Tower lifecycle events to automate configuration of AWS accounts for ServiceNow IT operations management

Several organizations that I work with use ServiceNow’s IT Operations management capabilities for their on-premises infrastructure and want to leverage the same capabilities for their AWS environment as well. Some of the core capabilities of ServiceNow’s IT Operations management are ServiceNow Discovery, Event Management and Cloud Management. Currently, customers who want to enable ServiceNow’s Cloud […]

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