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Tag: Configuration Management

Distributing your AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate infrastructure

Organizations that manage many nodes over larger geographical AWS Regions may wish to reduce latency and load between nodes in their AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate implementation. By distributing nodes between multiple servers, organizations encounter the challenge of how to ensure that cookbooks and other configurations are consistently deployed across two or more Chef Servers […]

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Enable Modular and Reusable Configuration Using Composite AWS Systems Manager Documents

By Melonia Mendonca, Software Development Engineer at Amazon Web Services AWS Systems Manager (SSM) documents enable infrastructure as code that allows you to configure, manage, and automate your AWS and on-premises resources using AWS Systems Manager services. These SSM Documents define the actions that you want to perform on managed instances. Systems Manager offers a […]

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Using AWS OpsWorks for Chef Automate in a federated environment

Many large enterprises operate on a federated model. That is, they are separated into different business units or organizations, with different goals, procedures, and skill sets. These enterprises typically use a system to manage their infrastructure configuration and changes. You might ask, “Can we apply a federated model to configuration management? If so, what are […]

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AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise and an alternate implementation for policy based auto signing

AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise was released in November of 2017. It has a secure API (associate node) that provides a secure, convenient, and AWS-integrated method to sign certificates for clients of OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise. This secure API is ideal for use within a user data script when being used for AWS CloudFormation (which […]

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How to Manage Credentials in AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise using Hiera-eyaml

For customers new to configuration management with AWS OpsWorks for Puppet Enterprise (OWPE), a frequently-asked question is “How do I store sensitive data, such as database passwords, for use in my manifests?” Hiera allows you to manage and access data from various backends (data storage locations). By default, Hiera 5 supports YAML, JSON, and HOCON […]

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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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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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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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Supercharge Multi-Account Management with AWS CloudFormation

As your use of Amazon Web Services evolves, you will probably outgrow your first account, and need to move into a multi-account model. There are plenty of benefits to using more than one AWS account: An administrative boundary: I can choose how permissive or restrictive my policies are based on the account type. Separating user […]

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