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Building an AWS CloudFormation custom resource to manage StackSets

In this blog post I’d like to share an AWS CloudFormation custom resource I’ve written that allows you to deploy StackSets from within a CloudFormation template. You can use StackSets to deploy and manage CloudFormation stacks in multiple accounts and multiple AWS Regions from a central location using a single template and set of operations.

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Writing your own AWS Systems Manager documents

AWS Systems Manager is a powerful unified interface from AWS that provides you with the ability to centrally manage your AWS resources. Core to leveraging AWS Systems Manager is the use of AWS Systems Manager documents. An AWS Systems Manager document (SSM document) allows you to define what actions you want Systems Manager to perform […]

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Patching your Windows EC2 instances using AWS Systems Manager Patch Manager

Patch Manager automates the process of patching Windows and Linux managed instances. Use this feature of AWS Systems Manager to scan your instances for missing patches or scan and install missing patches. You can install patches individually or to large groups of instances by using Amazon EC2 tags. In this blog post, I show you […]

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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

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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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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