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Gain Visibility into the Execution of Your AWS Lambda functions with AWS CloudTrail

Today, we are happy to announce that AWS CloudTrail now supports the Lambda Invoke API as a new data event type with the launch of CloudTrail Lambda data events. Previously, AWS CloudTrail supported management events for AWS Lambda, which allowed you to capture when and by whom a function was created, modified, or deleted. With […]

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Monitoring Service Limits with Trusted Advisor and Amazon CloudWatch

Understanding your service limits (and how close you are to them) is an important part of managing your AWS deployments – continuous monitoring allows you to request limit increases or shut down resources before the limit is reached. One of the easiest ways to do this is via AWS Trusted Advisor’s Service Limit Dashboard, which […]

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Automate IIS and HttpErr Logs to Amazon CloudWatch Using EC2 Systems Manager

When you have workloads or applications hosted on IIS Web Server, it’s important to monitor and analyze both IIS and HttpErr logs for abnormalities. IIS logs contain an entry for every request to the site. However, at times, you might not find the requests in IIS logs, even though IIS logging is enabled. There is […]

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Take Microsoft VSS-Enabled Snapshots Using Amazon EC2 Systems Manager

We are happy to announce the support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) on Amazon EC2 instances running Windows AMIs. VSS is a popular volume backup technology in the Microsoft Windows ecosystem (compatible with most Microsoft applications, including SQL Server and Exchange Server). VSS manages disk operations, such as file writes, when a backup […]

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Query for the Latest Windows AMI Using Systems Manager Parameter Store

AWS has introduced a simpler way for you to query for the latest Windows Amazon Machine Image (AMI). You can now use Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store. Prior to this release, finding the latest regional ImageID for an Amazon-provided AMI involved a three-step process. First, use an API call to search the list of […]

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FINRA Gatekeeper: Amazon EC2 Access Management System Using Amazon EC2 Systems Manager

By Daniel Koo, Senior Director at FINRA, and Stephen Mele, Software Developer at FINRA Introduction Moving from a traditional data center to the cloud can impose many questions around compliance and security. FINRA took these concerns very seriously with our cloud migration journey to AWS. As a regulatory organization, overseeing up to 75 billion market […]

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How to Export EC2 Instance Execution Logs to an S3 Bucket Using CloudWatch Logs, Lambda, and CloudFormation

“We want to get execution logs from our EC2 instances into S3,” my customer said. “Then we can store them and process them later, for optimization, audit, and security review, and so on. We’d like to do it in our CloudFormation stacks, as that’s our execution standard. Can you help us?” This blog post shows […]

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The Virtues of YAML CloudFormation and Using CloudFormation Designer to Convert JSON to YAML

AWS CloudFormation provides the framework to define infrastructure-as-code in AWS and, until last year, this could only be written in JSON. However, in 2016, AWS added YAML 1.1 support for CloudFormation. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of using YAML over JSON, as well as how to overcome some of the challenges […]

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Controlling Projected User Costs Through Monthly Budget Policies

Introduction With the announcement of our new AWS Price List Query APIs, let’s discuss a use-case that you can deploy directly to your AWS account. Customers often ask for ways to proactively control costs while having the flexibility to experiment with different AWS resource sizes and types. The solution we’ll discuss in this blog post […]

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Run Scripts Stored in Private or Public GitHub Repositories Using Amazon EC2 Systems Manager

By Melonia Mendonca, Software Development Engineer at Amazon Web Services Amazon EC2 Systems Manager (SSM) lets you configure, manage and automate your AWS and on-premises resources at scale. You can perform safe and secure operations without SSH access or bastion hosts using Systems Manager Run Command, mitigate configuration drift using Systems Manager State Manager, and […]

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