Automating Snapshot Creation and Copying in AWS

Building IaaS in the cloud is becoming more popular.  And part of building IaaS is providing some level of disaster recovery.  After spending the last few weeks working in AWS, I realized that the toolsets I expected to exist just don’t.  So what did I do?  Scripted my own, or at least a start. Continue reading “Automating Snapshot Creation and Copying in AWS”

AutoScale Groups with Domain Join

When it comes to AWS, it often feels like Windows is a second class citizen.  I have been doing work in the Azure public cloud for a long time, where the situation is somewhat reversed.  In AWS, the commands, assumptions, and example use cases are almost always in Linux with Windows as a bit of an after thought.  I’ve been doing a lot of AWS work recently, and one of the things that came up was the ability to deploy AutoScale groups and Launch Configurations using CloudFormation.  By itself, that process is relatively straightforward, especially if you are working in a Linux context.  But what if you are deploying Windows boxes in a domain and want them to have a specific hostname structure?  That’s a bit more tricky, but I got it figured out. Continue reading “AutoScale Groups with Domain Join”