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Automate Running Tasks Using Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Maintenance Windows

In Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, a maintenance window defines a specific set of tasks, along with a set of managed instances where those tasks should be run and the schedule for when the tasks should run. Each task also has a velocity and error threshold defined (for example, run the task on at most four […]

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Getting Started with Patch Manager and Amazon EC2 Systems Manager

At last year’s re:Invent, AWS launched Amazon EC2 Systems Manager, which helps you automatically apply OS patches within customized maintenance windows, collect software inventory, and configure Windows and Linux operating systems. These capabilities enable automated configuration and ongoing management of systems at scale and help maintain software compliance for instances running in Amazon EC2 or on-premises. […]

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Running Ansible Playbooks using EC2 Systems Manager Run Command and State Manager

If you are running complex workloads on AWS and managing large groups of instances, chances are you are using some form of configuration management. Configuration management tools are effective in automating the deployment and configuration of applications on hybrid instances. However, efficiently managing the distribution and execution of the playbooks or recipes, centrally managing the […]

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Use Application Load Balancers with your AWS OpsWorks Chef 12 Stacks

Want to build scalable applications that take advantage of Elastic Load Balancing Application Load Balancer features? You could add capabilities such as content-based routing, HTTP/2 and WebSocket protocols, support for containers, and enhanced metrics, and more. AWS OpsWorks Stacks users have been asking AWS how they can use the new Application Load Balancer option with […]

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More Automation Actions for Amazon EC2 Systems Manager

Recently, AWS released five new Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Automation actions. These actions allow you to: Launch an AWS CloudFormation stack Delete the stack Insert a delay in your workflow Copy and encrypt Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) Tag AWS resources These actions extend the existing collection of actions, which can be used to orchestrate tasks […]

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Administering a Group of Instances using Run Command

Emily Freebairn, Software Development Engineer with Amazon Web Services. Frequently, engineers want to perform operational tasks across a group of instances. However, many of these tasks need to be performed at a controlled speed, and return feedback when there is a problem. Furthermore, administrators often want to ensure that engineers can perform only specific actions. […]

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Configure Amazon EC2 Instances in an Auto Scaling Group Using State Manager

When you are managing instances at scale, it’s important to be able to define and apply software configurations as well as ensuring that the instances don’t deviate from the expected state. That way, you can make sure that your applications and infrastructure operate as you’d expect. State Manager, which was launched as part of Amazon […]

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Replacing a Bastion Host with Amazon EC2 Systems Manager

Bastion hosts (also called “jump servers”) are often used as a best practice for accessing privately accessible hosts within a system environment. For example, your system might include an application host that is not intended to be publicly accessible. To access it for product updates or managing system patches, you typically log in to a […]

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Use Parameter Store to Securely Access Secrets and Config Data in AWS CodeDeploy

Customers use AWS CodeDeploy to automate application deployment because it provides a uniform method for: Updating applications across development, staging, and production environments. Handling the complexity of updating applications and avoiding service downtime. However, deploying and configuring applications often requires access to secrets and configuration data, such as API keys or database passwords, in source […]

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