Category Archives: AWS

AWS Dedicated Hosts

AWS Dedicated Hosts

Sometimes it’s just not desirable to have your Amazon EC2 instances deployed all willy-nilly across the AWS infrastructure. Sure it’s nice not having to manage the underlying infrastructure but in some cases you actually need to be able to manage the hosts themselves. One example is when you have licensing that is “old-fashioned” and uses… 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

Move an EC2 Instance to Another Region

Sometimes, you just need to change the data center where you’re running your virtual machines. You could be doing this for disaster recovery reasons, network latency reasons, or just because you’re shutting down a region. In an on-prem environment, you might move workloads to a different data center by vMotion, VMware Site Recovery Manager, Zerto,… Continue Reading

Understanding AWS Tenancy

Understanding AWS Tenancy

When it comes to deploying EC2 instances within Amazon Web Services VPCs, you may find yourself confused when presented with those tenancy options. This post aims to describe the different options that you have with AWS tenancy and how they might be used. First and foremost, what do we mean by tenancy? Well, tenancy determines… 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

Patch Compliance with EC2 Systems Manager

Patch Compliance with EC2 Systems Manager

Deploying security patches to servers is almost as much fun as managing backup jobs. But everyone has to do it, including companies that have moved their infrastructure to AWS. As we’ve learned with previous posts, Amazon EC2 Systems Manager allows us to use some native AWS tools for management of our EC2 instances, and patch… Continue Reading

Run Commands through EC2 Systems Manager

Run Commands through EC2 Systems Manager

In a previous post we covered the different capabilities and basic setup of EC2 Systems Manager, including the IAM roles that needed to be created and the installation of the SSM Agent. In this post we’ll focus on running some commands through the EC2 Systems Manager Console. We’ve already got an Amazon Linux instance deployed… Continue Reading