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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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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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Upgrading SQL Server Using EC2 Systems Manager

This post was written by Alan Cranfield, Systems Engineer at Amazon Web Services This is the first in a series of blog posts aimed at the enterprise SQL Server DBA. I’ll demonstrate how to administer your SQL Server workloads on Amazon EC2 using practical examples and best practices. Using Run Command In this post I’ll […]

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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store adds support for Parameter versions

By Lou de la Torre, AWS Partner Solutions Architect and Venkat Krishnamachari, Principal Product Manager, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Today we are excited to announce versioning support for Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store. With Parameter Store versioning support, each iteration of a parameter is assigned a unique version number at creation time. These individual […]

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Recover your impaired instances using EC2Rescue and Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Automation

Have you ever had an issue connecting to your Amazon EC2 Windows instance? This can be caused by any number of different reasons, but is almost always related to how the instance is configured. Unfortunately, if you can’t connect to it, you can’t fix it! Earlier this year, AWS announced EC2Rescue for Windows, a convenient, […]

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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager as a General-Purpose DevOps Tool

This guest post was written by Andrew Rout, Engineer at Riverbed SteelCentral Office of the CTO A long time ago, a manufacturer in Cincinnati invented Play-Doh to be used as a wallpaper cleaner. Twenty years later, an even better purpose was found for it, and kids everywhere rejoiced. History repeats itself with Amazon EC2 Systems […]

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Automate remediation actions for Amazon EC2 notifications and beyond using EC2 Systems Manager Automation and AWS Health

You can use EC2 Systems Manager Automation to take remediation actions in response to events that may impact your AWS resources. To illustrate this concept, this post guides you through setting up automated remediation actions when an Amazon EBS backed Amazon EC2 instance is scheduled for retirement. An instance is scheduled to be retired when […]

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