How-To

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


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.

Controlling AWS Costs with Reserved Instances

For many organizations, switching from on-demand instances to reserved instances can significantly cut back on costs, make cloud workloads more efficient and -- most importantly -- prevent any surprise charges from appearing on their bill.

Using AWS for Network Endpoint Monitoring

There are plenty of tools that can monitor the health of resources located in your own datacenter, but many of them don't work for monitoring resources in the public cloud. Thankfully, AWS provides a suite of health-check tools called Route 53.

Using AWS To Manage On-Premises Servers

While EC2 is designed to run instances within the Amazon Web Services cloud, you can also use the EC2 console to manage instances running within your own datacenter. Brien shows you how.

Assessing Your Security with Amazon Inspector

Here's how to use the Amazon Inspector tool to check the health of your AWS instances from within.

Virtual Private Cloud Peering with AWS, Part 2: The Setup

Now that you know the limits of what you can and can't do with VPC peering, here's how to actually set it up in AWS.

Virtual Private Cloud Peering with AWS, Part 1: The Guidelines

VPC peering can be useful for linking resources that would otherwise be isolated from one another. But before you set it up in AWS, it's important to know the ground rules.