Category Archives: AWS

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

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