AWS Directory Service – AD Connector

AWS Directory Service – AD Connector

Just because you’ve started moving workloads into the cloud, doesn’t mean you can forget about Microsoft Active Directory. Many customers simply stand up their own domain controllers on EC2 instances to provide domain services. But if you’re moving to AWS there are also some great services you can take advantage of, to provide similar functionality.… Continue Reading

AWS Directory Service – Simple AD

AWS Directory Service – Simple AD

Just because you’ve started moving workloads into the cloud, doesn’t mean you can forget about Microsoft Active Directory. Many customers simply stand up their own domain controllers on EC2 instances to provide domain services. But if you’re moving to AWS, there are also some great services you can take advantage of to provide similar functionality.… Continue Reading

AWS Directory Service – Microsoft AD

AWS Directory Service – Microsoft AD

Just because you’ve started moving workloads into the cloud, doesn’t mean you can forget about Microsoft Active Directory. Many customers simply stand up their own domain controllers on EC2 instances to provide domain services. But if you’re moving to AWS there are also some great services you can take advantage of, to provide similar functionality.… Continue Reading

Protect Your AWS Accounts with GuardDuty

Protect Your AWS Accounts with GuardDuty

Locking down an AWS environment isn’t really that if you know what threats you’re protecting against. You have services such as the Web Application Firewall, Security Groups, Network Access Control Lists, Bucket Policies and the list goes on. But many times you encounter threats from malicious attackers just trying to probe which vulnerabilities might exist… Continue Reading

Fill Your Skills Tank

Fill Your Skills Tank

Information Technology is a very difficult field to keep up with. Not only does computing power increase year after year, making the number of things we can do with computers increase, but drastic transformations always plague this industry. Complete paradigm shifts are a major part of our recent past such as mainframes, to client/server, to… Continue Reading

Woke to IT Age Discrimination

Age discrimination can be an issue in any industry, but this issue is something members of the information technology (IT) industry can specifically identify with. My goal for this post is just to shine some light on the topic and discuss whether or not there is an injustice happening in IT when you reach a… Continue Reading

Migration to the Cloud with CloudEndure

Migration to the Cloud with CloudEndure

I’m a big advocate for building your cloud apps to take advantage of cloud features. This usually means re-architecting them so that things like AWS Availability Zones can be used seemlessly. But I also know that to get benefits of the cloud quickly, this can’t always happen. If you’re trying to reduce your data center… Continue Reading

AWS Reserved Instance Considerations

AWS Reserved Instance Considerations

Reserved Instances are often used to reduce the price of Amazon EC2 instance on-demand pricing. If you’re not familiar with Reserved Instances, then you’re missing out. Reserved Instances, or RIs, are a billing construct used in conjunction with Amazon EC2 instances (virtual machines). The default usage on the AWS platform is the on-demand pricing in… Continue Reading

Setup MFA for AWS Root Accounts

Setup MFA for AWS Root Accounts

Multi-Factor Authentication or MFA, is a common security precaution used to prevent someone from gaining access to an account even if an attacker has your username and password. With MFA you must also have a device that generates a time based one time password (TOTP) in addition to the standard username/password combination. The extra time… Continue Reading

Rubrik Acquires Datos IO

There is news in the backup world today. Rubrik has acquired startup company Datos IO. Who is Datos IO? Datos IO was founded in 2014 and focuses on copy data management of distributed scale out databases purpose built for the cloud. The reason Datos IO is different from the common backup solutions we’re accustomed to… Continue Reading