AWS Management Tools Blog

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager as a General-Purpose DevOps Tool

This guest post was written by Andrew Rout, Engineer at Riverbed SteelCentral Office of the CTO A long time ago, a manufacturer in Cincinnati invented Play-Doh to be used as a wallpaper cleaner. Twenty years later, an even better purpose was found for it, and kids everywhere rejoiced. History repeats itself with Amazon EC2 Systems […]

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Automate remediation actions for Amazon EC2 notifications and beyond using EC2 Systems Manager Automation and AWS Health

You can use EC2 Systems Manager Automation to take remediation actions in response to events that may impact your AWS resources. To illustrate this concept, this post guides you through setting up automated remediation actions when an Amazon EBS backed Amazon EC2 instance is scheduled for retirement. An instance is scheduled to be retired when […]

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Get Disk Utilization of Your Fleet Using EC2 Systems Manager Custom Inventory Types

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Inventory provides a centralized way to collect and query system, application, and instance metadata. Using the resource data sync feature, you can sync this metadata to Amazon S3. In Amazon S3 you can aggregate the metadata for different AWS Regions and accounts. After you sync this inventory data to Amazon S3, […]

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Manage your fleet at scale using EC2 Systems Manager

This guest post was written by Michael Baker, who works as a DevOps Engineer for the Infrastructure Engineering team at Bulletproof Introduction The Bulletproof Group Limited has spent many years investing in system automation to assist with fleet management at scale. More recently, we have spent a significant amount of time working with Amazon EC2 […]

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Reducing Configuration Drift with Amazon EC2 Systems Manager State Manager and Amazon CloudWatch Events

This post was written by Anupam Shrivastava, Software Development Engineer with Amazon Web Services. State Manager helps you automate the process of keeping your EC2 instances or virtual machines (VM) in your on-premises data center in a desired state. Some use cases for State Manager include: Ensuring that instances are joined to a Windows domain […]

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Smart Budgeting Using Lambda and Service Catalog

If you have a lot of development activity in your organization, it’s important to keep track of your non-production AWS accounts. If these accounts aren’t monitored closely, you might easily end up exceeding your budget. In this blog post, I demonstrate how you can use the AWS Budgets alert in conjunction with AWS Lambda and […]

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The Right Way to Store Secrets using Parameter Store

This guest post was written by Evan Johnson, who works in the Security team at Segment. The way companies manage application secrets is critical. Even today, the most high profile security companies can suffer breaches from improper secrets management practices. Having internet facing credentials is like leaving your house key under a doormat that millions […]

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Multi-Account Strategy: Using AWS CloudFormation Custom Resources to Create Amazon Route 53 Resources in Another Account

Today, most customers have more than one AWS account. While a multi-account strategy brings many benefits―simplified billing, security isolation, decentralized control, etc., it also introduces new challenges. One challenge is that the users in one account occasionally need to create resources in another. In this post, I will show you how to use a custom […]

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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Automation is now a Amazon CloudWatch Events Target

Today we are excited to announce a new target for Amazon CloudWatch Events: Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Automation. Through this integration, Automation workflows can be triggered by a schedule, or when specific AWS system events occur. Automation is part of Amazon EC2 Systems Manager.  Using Automation you can build workflows that are streamlined, repeatable and auditable. […]

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