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Category: AWS Service Catalog

How to enable self-service Amazon WorkSpaces by using AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow

Introduction Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed, secure Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution that runs on AWS. AWS provides several choices to deploy desktops to users. Some organizations need help integrating this process into their existing automation and Information Technology Service Management (ITSM) tools. Many of the customers I talk to want to have an approval process […]

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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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How to install and configure the AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow

Introduction To help customers integrate provisioning secure, compliant, and pre-approved AWS products into their ServiceNow service catalog/portal, AWS introduces the AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow. AWS Service Catalog Connector for ServiceNow synchronizes AWS Service Catalog portfolios and products with the ServiceNow Service Catalog to enable ServiceNow users to request approved AWS products via ServiceNow. In […]

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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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AWS Service Catalog Hub and Spoke Model: How to Automate the Deployment and Management of Service Catalog to Many Accounts

Many organizations may have tens to hundreds of accounts and thousands of users that require services in AWS. Enforcing organizational governance controls for deploying services requires time and resources to build the necessary guardrails, security controls, and auditing. Using the AWS Service Catalog hub and spoke model and launch constraints, I’ll show you how to […]

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Control AWS resources available to your users using AWS Service Catalog

The grant least privilege best practice advises you to grant only the permissions that are required to perform a task. To follow this best practice you should determine what your users need to do and then design IAM policies that let users perform only those tasks. AWS Service Catalog extends the very same best practice. If you […]

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Using AWS Lambda to decommission products provisioned from an AWS Service Catalog portfolio

This blog-post is part two in a two-part series of blog posts. Part one shows you how to use AWS Service Catalog to control AWS resources available to your users. Part two shows you how you can use AWS Lambda to decommission all products provisioned from any product of a Portfolio. Sometimes you might have […]

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Tracking AWS Service Catalog products provisioned by individual SAML users

To manage access to the AWS Cloud, many companies prefer Enterprise Federation over AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) users. Identity federation provides single sign-on (SSO) to access AWS accounts using credentials from the corporate directory. This method of accessing AWS allows companies to utilize their existing identity solutions, such as Active Directory (AD) or […]

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Smart Budgeting Using Lambda and Service Catalog

If you have a lot of development activity in your organization, it’s important to keep track of your non-production AWS accounts. If these accounts aren’t monitored closely, you might easily end up exceeding your budget. In this blog post, I demonstrate how you can use the AWS Budgets alert in conjunction with AWS Lambda and […]

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