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FINRA Gatekeeper: Amazon EC2 Access Management System Using Amazon EC2 Systems Manager

By Daniel Koo, Senior Director at FINRA, and Stephen Mele, Software Developer at FINRA Introduction Moving from a traditional data center to the cloud can impose many questions around compliance and security. FINRA took these concerns very seriously with our cloud migration journey to AWS. As a regulatory organization, overseeing up to 75 billion market […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Controlling Projected User Costs Through Monthly Budget Policies

Introduction With the announcement of our new AWS Price List Query APIs, let’s discuss a use-case that you can deploy directly to your AWS account. Customers often ask for ways to proactively control costs while having the flexibility to experiment with different AWS resource sizes and types. The solution we’ll discuss in this blog post […]

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Run Scripts Stored in Private or Public GitHub Repositories Using Amazon EC2 Systems Manager

By Melonia Mendonca, Software Development Engineer at Amazon Web Services Amazon EC2 Systems Manager (SSM) lets you configure, manage and automate your AWS and on-premises resources at scale. You can perform safe and secure operations without SSH access or bastion hosts using Systems Manager Run Command, mitigate configuration drift using Systems Manager State Manager, and […]

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AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate Now Supports Compliance

AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate gives you a fully managed Chef server with a suite of automation tools.  The release of Chef Automate version 1.6 includes the new Compliance view for Chef Automate UI. With AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate integrated with compliance, you can track the compliance of your infrastructure based on a predefined policy. […]

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Upgrading SQL Server Using EC2 Systems Manager

This post was written by Alan Cranfield, Systems Engineer at Amazon Web Services This is the first in a series of blog posts aimed at the enterprise SQL Server DBA. I’ll demonstrate how to administer your SQL Server workloads on Amazon EC2 using practical examples and best practices. Using Run Command In this post I’ll […]

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AWS CloudFormation Guardrails: Protecting your Stacks and Ensuring Safer Updates

“I wonder what will happen if I touch these two wires together.” – Unix fortune If you’ve worked with cloud-hosted applications or large distributed architectures for any extended period of time, chances are you’ve heard colleagues invoke Murphy’s law: “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. All of us have experienced one of those events in the […]

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Your AWS CloudFormation Guide to re:Invent 2017  

There are only five weeks left until re:Invent 2017. As in years past, AWS CloudFormation will be there, both behind the scenes deploying infrastructure and front-and-center for break-out sessions, workshops, and developer chats. Here are a few highlights we’ve pulled from the session catalog, followed by the full list of CloudFormation-focused sessions and workshops to […]

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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store adds support for Parameter versions

By Lou de la Torre, AWS Partner Solutions Architect and Venkat Krishnamachari, Principal Product Manager, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Today we are excited to announce versioning support for Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store. With Parameter Store versioning support, each iteration of a parameter is assigned a unique version number at creation time. These individual […]

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