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Understanding AWS Systems Manager Inventory Metadata

In July of 2017, we posted an entry on this blog about how to use AWS Systems Manager, Amazon S3, Amazon Athena, and Amazon QuickSight to gather inventory metadata from managed EC2 instances and aggregate it for the purpose of centralized reporting and visualization of the data. When determining how to report on this data, […]

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How to query your AWS resource configuration states using AWS Config and Amazon Athena

Tracking and managing the states of your AWS resources can be a challenge, especially as your account grows and you integrate with more and more AWS services. AWS Config is a service that helps make tracking your resources easy by continuously monitoring and recording your AWS resource configurations and maintaining a history of configuration changes […]

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

(Note: This post was updated November 19, 2018) Introduction To help customers integrate provisioning secure, compliant, and pre-approved AWS products into their ServiceNow service catalog/portal, AWS created 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 […]

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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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Looking up information on AWS CloudFormation stack parameters using AWS Lambda

By Jeff Levine, AWS Solutions Architect AWS CloudFormation provides a common language for you to describe and provision all of the infrastructure resources in your cloud environment. You can specify run time parameters to customize your CloudFormation template’s operation. AWS provides some AWS-specific parameters types to make things easier. For example, if you use the […]

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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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Automating the discovery of unused AWS Lambda functions

In 2017 Kyle Somers explained how you can gain visibility into the execution of your AWS Lambda functions in his blog post announcing AWS CloudTrail data events for AWS Lambda. In my blog post, I’ll expand upon Kyle’s post to show you how you can combine CloudTrail data events for AWS Lambda with the power […]

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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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Updating chef-client on AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate nodes

Throughout the life of your AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate environments there will be numerous updates and changes to one of the most crucial components – the chef-client. How can you ensure that you have the most up-to-date version of chef-client running on your OpsWorks for Chef Automate infrastructure? Can you make these updates in […]

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