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Tag: EC2 Systems Manager

Take Microsoft VSS-Enabled Snapshots Using Amazon EC2 Systems Manager

We are happy to announce the support for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) on Amazon EC2 instances running Windows AMIs. VSS is a popular volume backup technology in the Microsoft Windows ecosystem (compatible with most Microsoft applications, including SQL Server and Exchange Server). VSS manages disk operations, such as file writes, when a backup […]

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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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Upgrading SQL Server Using EC2 Systems Manager

This post was written by Alan Cranfield, Systems Engineer at Amazon Web Services This is the first in a series of blog posts aimed at the enterprise SQL Server DBA. I’ll demonstrate how to administer your SQL Server workloads on Amazon EC2 using practical examples and best practices. Using Run Command In this post I’ll […]

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Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store adds support for Parameter versions

By Lou de la Torre, AWS Partner Solutions Architect and Venkat Krishnamachari, Principal Product Manager, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Today we are excited to announce versioning support for Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store. With Parameter Store versioning support, each iteration of a parameter is assigned a unique version number at creation time. These individual […]

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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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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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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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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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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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