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Category: Technical How-to

Introducing TypeScript support for building AWS CloudFormation resource types

If you’ve authored private resource types to extend the AWS CloudFormation registry, you might have used Java, Python, or Go, which, until now, were our officially supported languages. In this blog post, we will show you how to create a private resource type using TypeScript, the latest addition to our growing list of officially supported […]

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Multi-step API monitoring using Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics

As customers add more applications, the number of APIs and webpages increase exponentially. The new multi-step HTTP monitoring in Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics offers visibility and helps you proactively solve problems. It helps engineering teams monitor their APIs 24/7 using flexible scripts so that they can maintain SLA compliance. In this post, we show you how […]

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Use AWS License Manager and AWS Systems Manager to discover SQL Server BYOL instances

Use AWS License Manager and AWS Systems Manager to discover SQL Server BYOL instances

Most enterprises find it hard to maintain control of the commercial licensing of Microsoft, SAP, Oracle, and IBM products due to limited visibility. They wind up over-provisioning licenses to avoid the headache with third party license providers or under-provisioning licenses, only to be faced with steep penalties. If your enterprise uses AWS, you can address this […]

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Using Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics to find broken links on your website

Most businesses and professionals build and maintain websites to bring visibility and credibility to their work. These websites often act as a medium for messaging. They shape the online perception of the business. When links on a website are broken, users get frustrated. If they cannot access the information they need, they might take their […]

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AWS Control Tower Detective Guardrails as an AWS Config Conformance Pack

Many of the customers I work with would like to be able to apply AWS Control Tower’s detective guardrails to an existing AWS account before moving them to Control Tower governance. Now that you can launch AWS Control Tower in an existing AWS Organization, customers want to evaluate their existing accounts for compliance with AWS […]

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Using environment variables with Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics

With the increase in online traffic, organizations have prioritized the continuous monitoring of their applications so that they can detect issues before they cause widespread problems. Canaries emulate a user flow, making it possible for organizations to proactively catch errors thereby ensuring a good customer experience. Amazon CloudWatch Synthetics allows you to create canaries to […]

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Manage Amazon EC2 instance clock accuracy using Amazon Time Sync Service and Amazon CloudWatch – Part 2

In part 1 of this series, I cover important concepts about measuring the accuracy of time on Amazon EC2 instances . I discussed calculating ClockErrorBound (?) and using its value as a range between which system time is accurate. In this part, I walk through the process of using Amazon CloudWatch to measure and monitor […]

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Manage Amazon EC2 instance clock accuracy using Amazon Time Sync Service and Amazon CloudWatch – Part 1

This two-part series discusses the measurement and management of time accuracy on Amazon EC2 instances. Part 1 covers the important concepts related to system and reference time. Part 2 covers the mechanism of measure, monitor, and maintain accurate system time on EC2 instances. A large and diverse set of customer workloads depends on the observed […]

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Figure 1: CloudTrail Process Flow

How to optimize AWS CloudTrail costs by using advanced event selectors

AWS CloudTrail can be used for security, monitoring restricted API calls, notification of threshold breaches, operational issues, filtering mechanisms for isolating data, faster root cause identification, and speedy resolution. CloudTrail can also be used for various compliance and governance controls, by helping you achieve compliance by logging API calls and changes to resources. Event selectors […]

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Standardize with speed using AWS Service Catalog stack import

If you’ve used AWS Service Catalog, you probably know how it helps organizations increase standardization, encourage compliance, and improve speed and agility. This is done by enabling central administrators to publish and manage a standard set of compliant products that users can consume in a self-service manner. Customers often start by creating an AWS CloudFormation-based product in […]

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