6 tips and tricks for AWS command-line ninjas

The AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) allows you to manage AWS services. Using the CLI from your terminal interactively allows you to half-automate tasks and frees you from logging into the AWS Management Console. In addition integrating the CLI into shell scripts allows you to automate your infrastructure and the configuration of EC2 instances during the boot process. This article covers typical hurdles when using the AWS CLI. Command CompletionWhen using the CLI interactively within your terminal comman...

DIY AWS Security Review

A regular security review of your AWS account can reveal security issues with little effort. There are some very easy things you can automatically check with the help of the AWS Command Line Interface that have a big impact. Limit network traffic from traffic from the public internet is not bad by default. You usually want your website to be reachable from the public internet ( But you should limit the entry points into your system to keep the attack surface small. With this ...

Improve AWS security: protect your keys with ease

Improve AWS security: protect your keys with ease

As a DevOps engineer, I love to work with the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) to control various AWS resources in an (half-)automated way. To be able to do so it is necessary to store access keys on my local machine. These access keys (access key ID an...


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Amazon Web Services in Action (Second Edition)

Amazon Web Services in Action (Second Edition) introduces you to computing, storing, and networking in the AWS cloud.