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Category: AWS CloudFormation

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Analyzing Bitcoin Data: AWS CloudFormation Support for AWS Glue

The AWS CloudFormation team has been busy in the last couple of months, adding support for new resource types for recently released AWS services. In this post, I take a deep dive into using AWS Glue with CloudFormation. About AWS Glue AWS Glue was first announced at re:Invent in 2016, and was made generally available […]

AWS CloudFormation Update: AWS Guard Duty, Amazon Inspector, and Service Discovery, plus 40 resource updates

AWS CloudFormation recently added support for these recently released AWS services: AWS Guard Duty is an automated threat-detection service that can be quickly enabled, does not require agents to be installed, and monitors unusual account usage using sources like AWS CloudTrail logs, DNS logs, and other sources. With the new AWS CloudFormation resource support, you […]

Integrating AWS CloudFormation with AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store

AWS CloudFormation has always allowed you to customize your templates by using parameters for runtime input values. Parameters make your template code dynamically configurable, improving the reusability of your code. Previously, the only ways you could specify values for these parameters were to pass the plaintext values as arguments to the CloudFormation API, or hard […]

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 […]

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 […]