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Patch Compliance with EC2 Systems Manager

Patch Compliance with EC2 Systems Manager

Deploying security patches to servers is almost as much fun as managing backup jobs. But everyone has to do it, including companies that have moved their infrastructure to AWS. As we’ve learned with previous posts, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager allows us to use some native AWS tools for management of our EC2 instances, and patch… Continue Reading

Run Commands through EC2 Systems Manager

Run Commands through EC2 Systems Manager

In a previous post we covered the different capabilities and basic setup of EC2 Systems Manager, including the IAM roles that needed to be created and the installation of the SSM Agent. In this post we’ll focus on running some commands through the EC2 Systems Manager Console. We’ve already got an Amazon Linux instance deployed… Continue Reading

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Services

Amazon EC2 Systems Manager Services

We love Amazon EC2 instances because of how easy they are to deploy and we have a huge catalog of templates (AMIs) to choose from which really speeds up our provisioning. But once those instances are up and running it would be really nice to have some methods of managing those instances. Luckily, Amazon has… Continue Reading

Setup Amazon Storage Gateway

Setup Amazon Storage Gateway

Amazon’s S3 is a cost effective way to store file but many organizations are used to mapping NFS shares to machines for file storage purposes. Amazon Storage Gateways are a good way to cache or store files on an NFS mount and then back them up to an S3 bucket. This post goes through the… Continue Reading

AWS Service Catalog

AWS Service Catalog

Many cloud initiatives require having a portal for users to choose which workloads can be deployed. Think of this as a supermarket full of servers, networks, databases, or all of the above. There are product offerings from VMware, Cisco, RightScale and Redhat, used for these deployment methodologies. If you’re an AWS customer though, you’ve got… Continue Reading

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Pros and Cons of Amazon’s Key Management Service

Pros and Cons of Amazon’s Key Management Service

Not everyone who encrypts data uses a key management solution. Since the days we started worrying about storage of personally identifiable information (PII) we’ve had different methods of protecting it. In a small environment, simple PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) keys were used to manually encrypt data and decrypt it. Storing keys for a few different partners… Continue Reading

AWS Step Functions

AWS Step Functions

This year at AWS re:Invent Amazon announced a new service called Step Functions. According to AWS, Step Functions is an easy way to coordinate the components of distributed applications and microservices using visual workflows. That pretty much sums it up! When you’ve got a series of small microservices that need to be coordinated, it can… Continue Reading