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Using AWS To Create SSL and TLS Certificates

In IT, conventional wisdom is that security certificates tend to be expensive. That's not the case when it comes to Amazon Web Services, however.

Deploying a Web Application Firewall on AWS

A Web application firewall (WAF) helps admins monitor traffic destined for a Web front-end and filter out anything malicious. Here's how to set up a WAF to protect apps hosted on the Amazon Web Services cloud.

Pushing a Docker Image to the EC2 Container Registry

It's one thing to set up a simple application container, and another to be able to actually use containers in the real world. To do that, you'll need to know how to push a Docker image to AWS.

Getting Started with Amazon EC2 Containers, Part 2

In this installment, Brien shows you what an AWS container looks like once it's up and running, and how to manage it.

Getting Started with Amazon EC2 Containers, Part 1

AWS lets users create and manage containers through a graphical console -- perfect for those unused to working with containers or the Docker command-line environment.

Using Amazon SES for Bulk E-Mail Distribution, Part 2

The Simple Email Service can handle a variety of needs, but if you want to send mass e-mails to addresses outside of your domain, be prepared to make your case to AWS.

Using Amazon SES for Bulk E-Mail Distribution, Part 1

With service providers aggressively targeting spam, DIY bulk messaging -- for legitimate e-mails, of course -- can often be more trouble than it's worth. Fortunately, AWS has a solution.

Making Cloud Costs More Predictable with Amazon Lightsail

Unlike EC2, Lightsail instances come with very low-cost, flat-rate pricing. But before signing up, there are a few issues to keep in mind.

Reducing Latency with EC2 Placement Groups

Creating a placement group in AWS to cope with latency issues is easy enough, but there are several important caveats and limitations to keep in mind.

How To Add Data to an AWS Instance

While there isn't a right or wrong way to copy files to an AWS instance, some methods are easier and more secure than others. Brien's technique of choice involves the RDP client.

Accessing Amazon S3 Buckets Through Visual Studio, Part 2

Now that you've laid the groundwork for linking Visual Studio to AWS, it's time to begin putting together the various pieces to access S3.

Accessing Amazon S3 Buckets Through Visual Studio, Part 1

In the first of this two-part series, Brien lays the groundwork for gaining access to S3 using the AWS Toolkit for Microsoft Visual Studio.

Creating Policies for Amazon S3 Storage Buckets

While basic permissions are relatively easy to set for AWS storage buckets, sometimes you need more granular control over permissions. Here's where bucket policies come in.

Linking Corporate Domain Names to Amazon Chime

AWS subscribers can now associate their corporate domain name with their Chime account, making it easier for organizations to give employees access to the cloud-based UC service.

Setting Up AWS WorkSpaces

The biggest barrier to deploying virtual desktops has always been the infrastructure costs. Luckily, AWS offers a solution for those who want to use virtual desktops but don't have the budget for it.

Enabling Service Control Policies in AWS Organizations

Left unchecked, the spread of uncategorized AWS accounts in a company can turn into a policy nightmare. Here's how to establish some oversight using service control policies.

Consolidating AWS Accounts into an 'Organization'

The new AWS Organizations feature lets IT wrangle multiple AWS accounts into a single, centralized structure. Here's a step-by-step guide.

Modifying Live AWS Elastic Block Store Volumes

Need to scale up your Amazon cloud storage on the fly? Brien shows you how to expand your EBS storage while it is actively being used -- and without risking any downtime.

Migrate a Microsoft Azure VM to AWS, Part 2

Now that you've downloaded and resized the Azure virtual hard disk, here comes the slightly more complicated part: actually prepping the virtual hard disk for the Amazon Web Services cloud.

Migrate a Microsoft Azure VM to AWS, Part 1

Just because it's possible to move a virtual machine from Microsoft's cloud to Amazon's, doesn't mean it's easy. In the first installment of this two-part series, Brien identifies what you need to start the process.