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

AWS Custom Resources

AWS Custom Resources

We love to use AWS CloudFormation to deploy our environments. Its like configuration management for our AWS infrastructure in the sense that we write a desired state as code and apply it to our environment. But sometimes, there are tasks that we want to complete that aren’t part of CloudFormation. For instance, what if we… Continue Reading

Add AWS Web Application Firewall to Protect your Apps

Add AWS Web Application Firewall to Protect your Apps

Some things change when you move to the cloud, but other things are very much the same. Like protecting your resources from outside threats. There are always no-gooders out there trying to steal data, or cause mayhem like in those Allstate commercials. Our first defense should be well written applications, requiring authentication, etc and with… Continue Reading