Automate (Un)Installation of AWS CloudWatch Agent in Systems Manager

AWS CloudWatch Agent comes installed on Amazon Linux 2 AMI and other AMIs. However, you may run into older AMIs or custom AMIs that don’t include the CloudWatch Agent.  If you need to install, uninstall, or reinstall CloudWatch Agent on a Linux EC2 instance follow these steps. I’m going to assume you have an EC2 […]

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Automate Setup of EC2 Disk and Memory Metrics using AWS CloudWatch Agent and Systems Manager

Amazon Web Services offers a plethora of services that easily customize an environment while remaining cost-effective for a business. Usually, the tricky part is piecing together the different services to form a fully functioning system. In this blog post, I use IAM, EC2, CloudWatch, and AWS Systems Manager (SSM) to create a scalable system that […]

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AWS Week In Review May 9 2018

Please excuse the week hiatus.  I was travelled to lovely Washington D.C. last week.  I’m back now and ready to rock and roll. Here’s the latest news in Amazon Web Services this week…   CI/CD Developments (AWS Code Pipeline/Build) It was a good week to be an AWS customer and Continuous Delivery / Continuous Deployment […]

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AWS Week In Review: AWS AppSync and Amplify

It was a slower week of announcements following the San Francisco summit. But, there still a few interesting, new things all the same.  Here’s the latest and greatest… AWS AppSync: GraphQL as a Service What is GraphQL? GraphQL is a different kind of API that typically works best with a rich frontend application and a […]

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AWS Week In Review April 10 2018

Here’s my latest commentary on the last week in Amazon Web Services announcements… zomg. New Shiny Things. Last week, Amazon Web Services had their annual San Francisco summit. Along with this year’s summit, there were lots of new service announcements AWS Secrets Manager: store, manage, rotate, and retrieve secret data.  This is a full-fledged service […]

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AWS Week In Review: April 3 2018

Here’s your weekly breakdown of all things AWS…and lot’s of stuff this week ranging from new pricing tiers to new Alexa for Business features. AWS Web Application Firewall Available in US East (Ohio) Good news for anyone with their cloud infrastructure hosted in Amazon’s other US-East region (Ohio). This week, Amazon launched their Web Application […]

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How To Set Up a Serverless React Application with AWS S3 and CloudFront

Today’s DevOps tools allow for much more flexible deployments and application workflows. One interesting pattern I’ve seen develop is a Serverless React application. In this post, I’ll go through one of the quickest and easiest ways to get started with this style of application. If you would like to skip the article and access the […]

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AWS Week In Review: March 26 2018

Here’s your weekly breakdown of all things AWS… Lambda Debugging Features Added to Browser-based IDE Anyone that has worked with Lambda’s has felt the pain of debugging when something isn’t working correctly. Debugging in Lambda often feels like the stone age of programming with no good options available. Any deep effort usually devolves into a […]

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AWS Week In Review: March 20 2018

Here’s your weekly breakdown of all things AWS… AWS Serverless Application Model Gets Additional Features AWS Serverless Application Model (shortened to AWS SAM) is AWS’ official answer to “how do I manage my Lambda functions?” It attempts to both standardize how Serverless applications declare themselves and provides a framework for Release Management that rides on the […]

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AWS Week In Review: March 13 2018

Here’s your weekly breakdown of all things AWS… Amazon Systems Manager Supports Chef InSpec Amazon further commits to its Configuration Management service, “Amazon Systems Manager”, by extending its capabilities to include Chef’s InSpec tool.  InSpec uses a declarative syntax like another tool in this family, ServerSpec, but comes packaged with features geared towards compliance and […]