Microsoft Workloads on AWS

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 […]

Hybrid Active Directory: Disaster recovery, cyber resiliency, and high availability solutions on AWS

In this blog post, we will present comprehensive strategies and techniques to strengthen disaster recovery and bolster cyber resilience in hybrid Microsoft Active Directory (AD) environments running in the AWS Cloud by leveraging AWS Elastic Disaster Recovery (AWS DRS) , AWS Backup, and solutions for extending AD onto Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances. […]

Containerize SQL Server workloads with Amazon EKS and DH2i

In this blog post, we will show you a simple and effective way to deploy Microsoft SQL Server Always On availability group containers in Amazon Elastic Kubernetes Service (Amazon EKS) with DH2i. Business-critical workloads running on SQL Server make high availability a key consideration when deploying on AWS. The challenge is that Kubernetes has a […]

Update AWS Tools for PowerShell at scale with AWS Systems Manager

In this blog post, I will show you how to update AWS Tools for PowerShell at scale within your environment by using the AWS Systems Manager Run Command. Manually updating AWS Tools for PowerShell across multiple instances can be time-consuming, inefficient, and error prone. These manual operational efforts typically result in a logistical nightmare, especially […]

Convert licenses of SQL Servers migrated with AWS Application Migration Service

In this blog post, I will show you how to convert Microsoft SQL Server licenses to an AWS provided license included using post-launch settings in the AWS Application Migration Service (AWS MGN). When you are migrating your SQL Servers to Amazon Web Services (AWS), you have a variety of options for using new and existing […]

Use Azure DevOps to deploy AWS Glue jobs in CI/CD pipeline

In this blog post, we will walk you through an example using AWS Toolkit for Azure DevOps to deploy your AWS Glue jobs across multiple Amazon Web Services (AWS) accounts to simulate development and production environments. Introduction AWS Glue is a serverless data integration service that makes it easy to discover, prepare, and combine data […]