Updates to the AWS Management Console and Provisioned IOPS

After being away from the office for a few days, I noticed today that there is a updated user interface to the Amazon Web Services console. In addition to the updated user interface a number of updates have been included for the Launch Instance Wizard. Configuring Instance VPC and Subnet Details On configuring your instance … More Updates to the AWS Management Console and Provisioned IOPS

Using Best Practices checks with CloudCheckr

In the next couple of articles I will be writing I am going to be looking at Resource Control, Cost Optimisation and Best Practice features provided by CloudCheckr (cloudcheckr.com) and how I hope to use them in managing a deployment in Amazon Web Services. Once you have registered for your CloudCheckr account (see https://deangrant.wordpress.com/2013/09/13/receive-extended-free-trial-of-cloudcheckr-pro/, for an … More Using Best Practices checks with CloudCheckr

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

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