Everything is Broken…Still

Earlier this week Amazon Web Service’s Simple Storage Service, better known as S3, was experiencing higher than normal error rates in the us-east-1 region, i.e. S3 was down.  To put that into perspective, it also means that several high-profile websites and applications were experiencing major issues.  As you may know, S3 has a 99.9% SLA uptime, and it’s been down for a couple hours now.  I’m no math genius, but that’s more than the 44 minutes a 99.9% uptime per month requires.  Continue reading “Everything is Broken…Still”

Trends for 2017

The end of 2016 is here, and I think many of us are breathing a sigh of relief.  The year has not been kind to some, and has been described as a “dumpster fire” by others.  On the whole, I actually think that 2016 was a pretty decent year, or at least no worse than most previous years.  But I am a bit biased since my second daughter was born in June, and she is awesome!  That’ll tip the scales regardless of what else happened.  Anyhow, I digress.  The tech industry has seen a lot of change, with new technologies emerging and companies innovating at a rapid pace.  I’d like to use this post to take a look at a few of those trends, and which ones I will be keeping an eye on in the coming year.

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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”