AWS Management Tools Blog

OpsWorks for Chef Automate – Automatically Bootstrapping Nodes in Different Accounts

Lots of us today are managing multiple AWS accounts. Although having multiple accounts can bring you  benefits, such as more granular control of resources and access, decentralized control, and simpler billing. Multiple accounts can also introduce some challenges. A challenge we face in this blog post is having a centralized configuration management server with its […]

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AWS CloudFormation Feature Updates: Support for Amazon Athena and Coverage Updates for Amazon S3, Amazon RDS, Amazon Kinesis and Amazon CloudWatch

As one of the most widely-used services in AWS, CloudFormation continues to expand its feature set by including adding support for Amazon Athena, two new features to protect stacks and control rollback processes, plus several new coverage updates. CloudFormation now supports the creation of an Amazon Athena named query as a resource. Amazon Athena is a […]

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Configuring Serverless Applications Using AWS CloudFormation Custom Resources

AWS makes it easy for developers to get started developing applications in the cloud. With the extensive array of services available on AWS, developers might incorporate more than just a few components in their applications. Manually managing the resources needed for an application can become time consuming. In addition, applications usually require more than just […]

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Recover your impaired instances using EC2Rescue and Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Automation

Have you ever had an issue connecting to your Amazon EC2 Windows instance? This can be caused by any number of different reasons, but is almost always related to how the instance is configured. Unfortunately, if you can’t connect to it, you can’t fix it! Earlier this year, AWS announced EC2Rescue for Windows, a convenient, […]

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Use AWS CloudFormation Stack Termination Protection and Rollback Triggers to Maintain Infrastructure Availability

Managing your infrastructure as code using AWS CloudFormation provides a consistent way to rapidly deliver AWS environments for your applications. As your pace of delivery increases, it’s important to ensure you have the appropriate guardrails to protect your most critical infrastructure resources. AWS CloudFormation now includes two additional tools to help you ensure the consistent […]

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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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