Enabling Detailed Billing Report (with resources and tags) in AWS Billing Preferences

In order to provide an hourly grain view of your AWS usage and charges by resource and tags you will be required to enable detailed billing with your AWS account billing preferences. In order to do so there are a couple of pre-requisites you will be required to enable with the billing preferences (https://portal.aws.amazon.com/gp/aws/developer/account/index.html?ie=UTF8&ie=UTF8&action=billing-preferences). Firstly, … More Enabling Detailed Billing Report (with resources and tags) in AWS Billing Preferences

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

Making a start on reducing spend on AWS…

As part of ongoing monitoring an optimization of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform, I am beginning to more actively monitor cost control which can highlight a number of common mistakes with usage of the AWS platform. Whilst, looking at a number of third party monitoring and resource control solutions, investigating and developing techniques internally … More Making a start on reducing spend on AWS…

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