Microsoft Workloads on AWS

Containerize SQL Server workloads with Amazon EKS and DxOperator for Kubernetes

In this blog post, we will demonstrate a simple and effective way to deploy Microsoft SQL Server Always On Availability Group (AG) containers in Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) with DxOperator – SQL Server Operator for Kubernetes. Deploying database workloads in Kubernetes (K8s) is a growing trend. The Cloud Native Foundation’s 2022 Survey showed […]

Make SQL Server end of support the start of your AWS cloud journey

Let’s face it. End of support (EOS) –three words that can unsettle any IT professional– is the last thing you want to hear about for your mission-critical applications. It creates additional work for you to deal with the upgrades and causes downtime for your end users. The Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server end of […]

How to automate an in-place upgrade of SQL Server on Amazon EC2

In this blog post, we will show you how to perform an automated in-place upgrade of your standalone Microsoft SQL Server instances installed on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). This solution supports upgrades to SQL Server 2016, SQL Server 2017, SQL Server 2019, and SQL Server 2022. Introduction As new versions of SQL Server […]

How ABFL modernized Microsoft applications on AWS to drive efficiency and agility

In this blog post, you will learn how Aditya Birla Finance Limited (ABFL) adopted a progressive and architecture-driven approach to modernize their legacy Windows-based wealth management platform, Aditya Birla MyUniverse ABMU, and achieve 4X total cost of ownership (TCO) savings. Introduction ABFL, headquartered in Mumbai, India, offers customized solutions in the areas of personal finance, […]

Optimize CPU best practices for SQL Server workloads

In this blog post, we will review the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Optimize CPU feature and provide guidelines for utilizing this feature to reduce Microsoft SQL Server license cost on Amazon Web Services (AWS) without sacrificing SQL Server performance. 1. Introduction Amazon EC2 offers a diverse range of instance types tailored to suit […]

Automate downgrading SQL Server to Developer edition on Amazon EC2

In this blog post, we will show you how to automate the process of downgrading from Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise or Standard edition to SQL Server Developer edition to save cost. Introduction Every day, customers benefit from the cost savings, scalability, performance, and ease of management of running SQL Server on AWS. Deploying SQL Server […]

Automate Microsoft web application deployments with GitHub Actions and Terraform

Managing infrastructure deployments and application code releases can be challenging. Manual processes often lead to delays, errors, and inconsistency across different environments. This inconsistency, known as environment drift, makes it difficult to ensure reliable deployments. As a result, teams struggle to maintain a high release velocity. In this blog post, we will show how GitHub […]

Monitor Microsoft SharePoint Server using Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights

Introduction In this blog post, I will demonstrate how to configure Amazon CloudWatch Application Insights for a Microsoft SharePoint farm. Management and governance are important aspects of any workload, whether it is running on-premises or in the AWS Cloud. In this context, management refers to performing defined actions, either automated or manual, to make sure […]

Providing self-service multi-account access to AWS Managed Microsoft AD

Introduction In this blog post, I will show you how to selectively share a central AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AWS Managed Microsoft AD) directory across your multi-account environment through a self-service model using AWS Service Catalog. In a large and growing AWS Organizations environment with decentralized teams, you want to remove as […]

Modernizing .NET Applications to Microservices using AWS Migration Hub Refactor Spaces

In this blog, we’ll dive into how to effectively use AWS Migration Hub Refactor Spaces for modernizing legacy .NET Framework monolithic applications to a microservices based architecture. Refactoring can bring many benefits, but may come with challenges such as compatibility issues, addressing existing technical debt, and integration with modern systems. However, with the right approach, it’s possible to […]