How-to, tips, tricks and more hands-on advice for working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) from

Working with AWS Bucket Policies

By default, AWS storage buckets are relatively permissive. While you can exert more control over them by implementing bucket policies, the catch is that AWS doesn't provide a point-and-click process for this.

Taking Control of Your AWS Billing

AWS provides tools that let admins not only track down unexpected costs, but also prevent billing surprises -- like the unexpected charge that Brien found on his credit card recently -- from happening in the first place.

Juggling Act: How Partners Are Selling Both AWS and Azure

Channel firms are increasingly seeing the benefits of partnering with both Amazon and Microsoft on cloud services, but doing so requires a good deal of training, planning and trust.

How To Use AWS Storage Buckets

One of the primary storage structures in Amazon S3 is the bucket. When it comes to creating one, there are two important things to know.

Extending Active Directory to the AWS Cloud

Making on-premises Active Directory available to resources in the AWS cloud involves using the AD Connector option and a gateway VPN connection.

Deploying a Cloud-Based Active Directory Using AWS

Rather than manually provision an Active Directory environment, you can use AWS' automated setup process.

Curb VM Sprawl by Putting AWS Tags to Work

One of the most effective ways to prevent sprawl is to keep track of who created each VM, when and why. In AWS, you can apply this information to each VM instance using tags.

Preparing the AWS Command Line for a Windows Environment

The method for installing and preparing AWS CLI varies from one operating system to another. Here's how to deploy it for Windows.

Creating and Logging In to a Windows VM in AWS

Don't be fooled. While it sounds rudimentary, the process of deploying an Amazon EC2 virtual machine can be disorienting if you're coming from a native Windows Server environment.

Monitoring the Status of Your Amazon EC2 Instances

While automatic status checks are default in AWS, the actions to take in response to failed status checks are not. Fix this problem by creating a "status check alarm."

Load Balancing a Web Application in Amazon EC2

Workload scaling and load balancing are core functions of Amazon's flagship cloud service. Brien walks you through the process of creating and configuring a load balancer in AWS.

Cloud Buzz vs. Cloud Reality

Nowadays, cloud computing is as mainstream as a technology can get, but Aaron wonders how much of that is due to marketers dumbing down the concept of "the cloud."

The 4 Challenges of Working with Data and How Cloud Can Solve Them

Providers like AWS are working with industries that juggle large amounts of sensitive and complex data to make administrators' lives a little easier.

Taking Stock of AWS and Its Cloud Competitors

AWS may be the leader in the cloud market, but organizations should understand the overall competitive landscape and how it affects their cloud use.

The Power of AWS Object Store

On using Amazon S3 to wrangle complex and constantly changing datasets.

Do You Have a Handle on Your AWS Costs?

Just like with your credit card issuer, there can be "hidden" fees with AWS that you don't know about until you get the bill.

The Business of Doing Business with AWS

Establishing a Business Associate Agreement with AWS can be a months-long ordeal that requires organizations to take every aspect of their IT environments into consideration. Here are some suggestions to streamline the process.

The UPS of Data

How to choose the right data-delivery method for the right kind of data, and designing the cloud infrastructure to make that happen.

Using Cloud (and AWS) in a Reluctant Industry

Cloud isn't a cure-all for IT departments in the health care industry, but it definitely needs to be in the conversation.

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