Prevent CloudFormation Change Sets from piling up
Recently, I’ve stumbled upon a problem when using aws cloudformation deploy within deployment pipelines (Jenkins, GitLab CI, …) that I wanted to share with you. Usually, I’m using the AWS CLI to deploy CloudFormation stacks. aws cloudformation package ...Read more
Rapid CI/CD with CodeBuild to deploy PHP and Docker
This blog post is an excerpt of our book Rapid Docker on AWS where you can find examples for other programming languages as well. There are many options available when you are looking for ways to implement a deployment pipeline. You might have heard a...Read more
How to create a customized CloudWatch Dashboard with CloudFormation
Which metrics are essential to evaluate the state of your cloud infrastructure? Probably a lot. A dashboard allows you to keep an eye on all these metrics. For example, I like to monitor the following metrics for a typical 3-tier web application with th...Read more
Review: Amazon Aurora Serverless - A cloud-native and production-ready relational database?
It was never easier to scale your compute layer. EC2 Auto Scaling, Fargate, and Lambda enable horizontal scaling. But how do you scale your database? Use a NoSQL database like DynamoDB, one could say. But what if you don’t want to miss all the advantage...Read more
Show your Tool: AWSInfo
In this series, we present AWS tooling from the community, for the community. We talk directly with the tool makers. Who are they? What problem does the tool solve? And what motivates them to contribute to open-source AWS tooling. This time, we talk wi...Read more
How to sell pay per use SaaS to AWS customers in the AWS Marketplace
You can also listen to this topic in our podcast! AWS Marketplace allows you to sell software to AWS customers. The customer can either run the software on its own (using AMIs and optional CloudFormation), or you can offer the software as a service (...Read more
Avoid the 60 minutes timeout when using the AWS CLI with IAM roles
You can configure the AWS CLI to assume an IAM role for you in combination with MFA. If you are a power user of the CLI, you will realize that you have to enter your MFA token every 60 minutes, which is annoying. You will learn how to fix that in the f...Read more
We have a podcast!
We launched the cloudonaut Podcast! Every other week, Andreas or I prepare the topic of the podcast. The topic is not known to the other one, which results in surprising conversations inspired by our daily work with AWS. Subscribe to the podcast: Appl...Read more
EC2 Instance Connect is an insecure default!
You can also listen to this topic in our podcast! Two months before, Michael wrote about why AWS SSM is a trojan horse. Shortly after that, AWS released EC2 Instance Connect, which is even worse. If you use Amazon Linux 2 or Ubuntu, the chances are h...Read more
Verify SNS messages delivered via HTTP(S) in Node.js
Are you implementing an HTTP/HTTPS endpoint for SNS? If so, you should definetly verify the incoming messages. Otherwise, anyone on the Internet can deliver messages to your HTTP/HTTPS endpoint. Which is a security risk. How do you verify incoming mess...Read more
Incident Management for Slack
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