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Category: AWS CloudFormation

How to set up a multi-region, multi-account catalog of company standard AWS Service Catalog products

Many AWS customers are adopting AWS Service Catalog to create and manage catalogs of approved IT services for use on AWS. The AWS Service Catalog Hub-and-Spoke model enables organizations to centrally manage IT services they want to distribute to their lines of business (LOBs). Some of the customers I work with are looking for recommendations […]

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Perform continuous cookbook integration testing and delivery for AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate

Any Chef server should be a hub of tested and trusted cookbooks that can be added to node run lists easily. However, the testing and delivery of cookbooks to the server itself can be an arduous task. To simplify and expedite this necessary process, we’ve leveraged AWS technologies to create a pipeline that executes integration testing […]

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How to launch secure and governed AWS resources with AWS CloudFormation and AWS Service Catalog

You can use AWS Service Catalog to create preconfigured products that your developers can launch. In an organization, it’s typical for a cross-functional center of excellence like the Cloud Center of Excellence (CCOE) to maintain the catalog for the organization. An AWS Service Catalog product can contain one or more AWS resources. Many customers use […]

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Building an AWS CloudFormation custom resource to manage StackSets

In this blog post I’d like to share an AWS CloudFormation custom resource I’ve written that allows you to deploy StackSets from within a CloudFormation template. You can use StackSets to deploy and manage CloudFormation stacks in multiple accounts and multiple AWS Regions from a central location using a single template and set of operations.

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Use AWS Service Catalog to build a custom catalog of products from AWS Marketplace

Some AWS customers I work with have dedicated analytics/AI research teams who use AWS infrastructure to run their own code or use products from the AWS Marketplace to perform computations. Typically, the AI research team deploys multiple solutions. They bundle their own home-grown solutions into an AWS CloudFormation template along with some AWS Marketplace products, […]

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Using AWS Cloud9, AWS CodeCommit, and Troposphere to author AWS CloudFormation templates

AWS Cloud9 was announced at AWS re:Invent in November 2017. It’s a browser-based IDE suitable for many cloud development use cases, including serverless applications. AWS CloudFormation now supports quickly spinning up AWS Cloud9 development environments, with integration with AWS CodeCommit. In this blog post, I’ll explore how to quickly spin up AWS Cloud9 environments with […]

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Recovering AWS CloudFormation stacks using ContinueUpdateRollback

AWS CloudFormation treats a stack as a collection of AWS resources that customers can manage as a single unit. After you launch a stack, you can use the AWS CloudFormation console, API, or AWS CLI to update resources in your stacks. You should not make any changes to stack resources outside of CloudFormation. This is […]

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AWS CloudFormation: 2017 in Review

In 2017, over 350,000 AWS customers used AWS CloudFormation to manage resources collected across 2.4M stacks. We added coverage for 14 new services and several new features. In this post, I’d like to look back at some features and new content that CloudFormation introduced in 2017, including: New AWS resources that you can provision with […]

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How to secure infrequently used EC2 instances with AWS Systems Manager

Many organizations have predictable spikes in the usage of their applications and services. For example, retailers see large spikes in usage during Black Friday or Cyber Monday. The beauty of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is that it allows customers to quickly scale up their compute power to meet these demands. However, some customers […]

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