Patch Management with Windows Update Server and WuInstall

I was recently looking to schedule approved updates from Windows Update Server and schedule updates with finer granularity than those provided by the Windows Update Services client. I discovered a command line utility called WuInstall ¬†(http://www.wuinstall.com/index.php/en) which allows for updates to be installed on demand. As part of this solution, I still required updates to … More Patch Management with Windows Update Server and WuInstall

Return AWS Service Health Dashboard details to Nagios

I was recently looking into returning service details from the AWS Service Health Dashboard to Nagios where any service issues would be reported as a critical state and remain with this status for the duration of the publication date. I was able to do this by using the Invoke-RestMethod in Windows Powershell by querying a … More Return AWS Service Health Dashboard details to Nagios

Receive extended free trial of CloudCheckr Pro

CloudCheckr provides otherwise unavailable visibility and analytics to remove the complexity from AWS usage. Where users quickly and efficiently gain control of their deployment, reduce costs, and optimize infrastructure performance. By signing up (no credit card required) and using the promotional code “cloud19” on signup you will receive an extended trial of CloudCheckr Pro. For … More Receive extended free trial of CloudCheckr Pro

Monitoring status of AWS EC2 Snapshots within Nagios

I recently wrote a script to automate the creation of snapshots for EBS volumes for Amazon EC2 instances (https://deangrant.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/aws-create-ec2-snapshot-based-on-metadata-tag-value/). Following on from this I wanted to report the status of snapshots completed and return this status to Nagios.¬†This was to be achieved by comparing the number of EBS volumes that contained a specific metadata tag … More Monitoring status of AWS EC2 Snapshots within Nagios