Setup AWS Transit Gateway

Setup AWS Transit Gateway

Amazon announced a new service at re:Invent 2018 in Las Vegas, called the AWS Transit Gateway. The Transit Gateway allows you to connect multiple VPCs together as well as VPN tunnels to on-premises networks through a single gateway device. As a consultant, I talk with customers often, about how they will plan to connect their… Continue Reading

AWS Resource Access Manager

AWS Resource Access Manager

At AWS re:Invent this year in Las Vegas, Amazon announced a ton of services, but one that caught my eye was the AWS Resource Access Manager. This is a service that facilitates the sharing of some resources between AWS accounts so that they can be used or referenced across account boundaries. Typically, an AWS account… Continue Reading

Using AWS CloudFormation Drift Detection

Using AWS CloudFormation Drift Detection

Today, AWS announced the release of the long anticipated drift detection feature for CloudFormation. This feature has been a common feature request for many of the AWS customers that I speak with to ensure their deployments are configured as expected. This post will take you through why this is an important feature and how you… Continue Reading

Quality Checking Infrastructure-as-Code

Quality Checking Infrastructure-as-Code

If you’ve been doing application development for long, having tools in place to check the health of your code is probably not a new concept. However, if you’re jumping into something like Cloud and you’ve been an infrastructure engineer, this may be a foreign concept to you. Isn’t it bad enough that you’ve started learning… Continue Reading

This is Not Fine!

This is Not Fine!

I recently attended the Devops Enterprise Summit in Las Vegas so that I could keep up to date on the latest happenings around integrating devops for companies. This conference was nothing short of amazing, but what I wasn’t anticipating was a theme around IT burnout. The IT Revolutions team who puts on the conference started… Continue Reading

Upgrade to vRA 7.5

Upgrade to vRA 7.5

Upgrading your vRealize Automation instance has some times been a painful exercise. But this was in the early days after VMware purchased the product from DynamicOps. It’s taken a while, but the upgrade process has improved for each and every version, in my opinion, and 7.5 is no exception. If you’re on a previous version,… Continue Reading

AWS Session Manager

AWS Session Manager

Amazon has released yet another Simple Systems Manager service to improve the management of EC2 instances. This time, it’s AWS Session Manager. Session Manager is a nifty little service that lets you assign permissions to users to access an instances’s shell. Now, you might be thinking, “Why would I need this? I can already add… Continue Reading