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AWS IAM Indecision

AWS IAM Indecision

Identity and Access Management (IAM) can be a confusing topic for people that are new to Amazon Web Services. There are IAM Users that could be used for authentication or solutions considered part of the AWS Directory Services such as Microsoft AD, Simple AD, or AD Connector. If none of these sound appealing, there is… Continue Reading

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

Manage vSphere Virtual Machines through AWS SSM

Manage vSphere Virtual Machines through AWS SSM

Amazon Web Services has some great tools to help you operate your EC2 instances with their Simple Systems Manager services. These services include ensuring patches are deployed within maintenance windows specified by you, automation routines that are used to ensure state and run commands on a fleet of servers through the AWS console. These tools… Continue Reading

AWS EC2 Simple Systems Manager Documents

AWS EC2 Simple Systems Manager Documents

Amazon Web Services uses Systems Manager Documents to define actions that should be taken on your instances. This could be a wide variety of actions including updating the operating system, copying files such as logs to another destination or re-configuring your applications. These documents are written in Javascript Object Notation (JSON) and are stored within… Continue Reading

EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store

EC2 Systems Manager Parameter Store

Generally speaking, when you deploy infrastructure through code, or run deployment scripts you’ll need to have a certain amount of configuration data. Much of your code will have install routines but what about the configuration information that is specific to your environment? Things such as license keys, service accounts, passwords, or connection strings are commonly… Continue Reading

vRA 7.3 Component Profiles

vRA 7.3 Component Profiles

Preventing blueprint sprawl should be a consideration if you’re building out a new cloud through vRealize Automation. Too many blueprints and your users will be confused by the offerings and the more blueprints, the more maintenance needed to manage them. We’ve had custom methods for managing sprawl up until vRA 7.3 was released. Now we… Continue Reading

vRA 7.3 Endpoints Missing

vRA 7.3 Endpoints Missing

vRealize Automation version 7.3 dropped a few weeks ago and you’re really excited about the new improvements that have been made with the platform. Release Notes for version 7.3 You’ve gone through the upgrade process which is constantly improving I might add but once you log in you find out that your endpoints that you spent… Continue Reading