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Manage Raspberry Pi devices using AWS Systems Manager

In this blog post, we discuss how to use AWS Systems Manager to manage Raspberry Pi devices just like any other Linux server. What is AWS Systems Manager? AWS Systems Manager gives you visibility and control of your infrastructure on AWS. Systems Manager provides a unified user interface so you can view operational data from […]

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Use parameter labels for easy configuration update across environments

By Sahithya Jagadish, Software Development Engineer at Amazon Web Services Parameter Store, part of AWS Systems Manager, provides a centralized, encrypted store to manage your configuration data, whether it’s plaintext data (public URLs) or secrets (such as passwords or API keys). Parameter Store is available through the AWS CLI, APIs, and SDKs. You can easily reference […]

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Using AWS Systems Manager Inventory with Tags

AWS Systems Manager Inventory now supports Tags. Tags enable you to categorize your AWS resources in several ways, for example, by purpose, function, owner, or environment. Consequently, when you use AWS Systems Manager Inventory to collect metadata from an instance, it also collects the tag information attached to the instance, making the tag information available […]

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AWS CloudFormation resource for Resource Data Sync in AWS Systems Manager

The Resource Data Sync capability in AWS Systems Manager lets you sync inventory data from your managed instances into an Amazon S3 bucket. Resource Data Sync then automatically updates the S3 bucket whenever new Inventory data is collected. You can also use Resource Data Sync to sync inventory data from multiple AWS accounts into a […]

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Streaming AWS Systems Manager Run Command output to Amazon CloudWatch Logs

AWS Systems Manager Run Command is designed to let you remotely and securely manage instances. Run Command provides a simple way of automating common administrative tasks like running shell scripts, installing software or patches, and more. All actions taken with Run Command are recorded by AWS CloudTrail to audit changes and allows Amazon CloudWatch Events […]

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Preventing blacklisted applications with AWS Systems Manager and AWS Config

AWS Systems Manager Inventory collects metadata from Amazon EC2 instances and on-premises instances. AWS Systems Manager Inventory integrates with AWS Config to record inventory data for historical views, change tracking, or auditing. When you use AWS Config recording for systems inventory data you can enable scenarios such as tracking newly installed or removed software applications, […]

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Recommended practices for deleting custom inventory types and data using AWS Systems Manager

AWS Systems Manager Inventory provides an easy and secure way to collect metadata and insights from your managed instances. The service provides ready-to-use inventory gatherers for insights on installed applications, network configurations, file metadata, Windows updates, Windows services, Windows server roles/features, and Windows registry. In addition, you can use AWS Systems Manager Inventory to collect […]

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Scalable cross-platform patching with AWS Systems Manager

Guest Post by Jakub Marciniak, Joseph Bulluss, Mariusz Borys, Thushyanth Sivananthan (DevOps Engineers @Infor), David Benjamin(Lead @Infor) and Martin Jarosinski(Manager @ Infor). ———————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— At Infor, in our effort for continual improvement, we were researching tools that would allow for more efficiency in our patching and overall system management. When the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities were […]

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Using AWS Systems Manager to run compliance scans using InSpec by Chef

As described in the Security Pillar of the AWS Well-Architected Framework, the careful management of the security configurations of the running systems within your environment forms the foundation of how you will maintain robust, secure, scalable systems. InSpec by Chef, an open-source testing framework, provides teams the ability to define and assess system state and […]

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Centralized Management of Multiple Accounts and Cross-Platform EC2 Instances Using AWS Systems Manager

Introduction Many AWS customers, particularly in the public sector, are implementing a central IT agency model. These organizations have an AWS account for central IT that is designated for the management of security and compliance activities such as patch management, use of golden Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), and federates user access for other agencies’ AWS […]

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