AWS Storage Gateway is one of the first AWS services I ever deployed in the wild. It is one of those services that can be great for specific use cases, but isn't something that I personally implement very frequently. For those unfamiliar with AWS Storage Gateway, it essentially allows you to abstract underlying AWS S3 … Continue reading AWS File Gateway: Joining to an Active Directory Domain
VMworld 2020 is upon us and there are a ton of announcements related to VMware Cloud on AWS (VMC). I hope to review those here soon, but wanted to highlight another change that came around earlier this summer for SDDC versions 1.10+.VMC provides a full VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) within a specific AWS … Continue reading VMC Storage Policy Best Practices
I don't need to explain how crazy this year has been. Everyone realizes that we live in "unprecedented times" and that 2020 has more than likely stamped permanent change to many aspects of our lives. The same can also be said for the corporate IT landscape. Cloud adoption has been steadily increasing over the last … Continue reading Has the Cloud Era Arrived? Thoughts from Cloud Field Day 8 #CFD8
I recently ran into a situation where I was unable to connect to an Amazon WorkSpace. Though everything looked great on the AWS side in that no problems were displayed within the WorkSpaces console, the Get-WKSWorkspace PowerShell command, and the CloudWatch WorkSpace dashboard, my connection would launch, present me with a black screen, and then … Continue reading Troubleshooting Amazon WorkSpace Connectivity from an End-User Device
I'll be participating as a delegate during Cloud Field Day 8 from 7/15 - 7/17. This will be a virtual event with a huge lineup of presenters and delegates. As always, you can find the full event info on the Tech Field Day website. Due the large number companies presenting and remote nature of the … Continue reading It’s Cloud Field Day Week!
Welcome to my first mash-up of cloud providers and tools post! I guess this can be considered some new age "multi-cloud" stuff, but my first venture into the world of Azure DevOps opened my eyes to how powerful and surprisingly accessible this tool can be. Let me frame that comment with some background. More Dev … Continue reading Deploying AWS Infrastructure…with Terraform…using Azure DevOps?
Recently, I have been studying for and fortunately passed the AWS Certified Security Specialty exam. Unlike the AWS Associate and Professional certifications for which there seems to be no shortage of study material, I found that study material for the AWS Security Specialty, especially a book, is less common. You may be asking and I'll … Continue reading AWS Security Specialty Exam Prep, a Book Review: “AWS Certified Security – Specialty” by Zeal Vora
A little while back I wrote a blog series on AWS Multi-Account architectures and ways to deploy them. My post on Control Tower came during the relative infancy of the service. Since then, Control Tower has benefited from a number of updates, including some very recent ones that mark a fairly large leap in service … Continue reading AWS Control Tower Grows Up
Most of us are living in a new world where work from home is the norm and traditional tech conferences are turning into online events. I do love attending these shows in person and engaging with others in the vCommunity, although virtual conferences like vForum Online are still a great opportunity to engage with thousands … Continue reading vForum Online – May 13, 2020
HCX is an application mobility platform that is available at no extra cost for VMC customers. It can perform a number of functions, most notably VM migrations, Disaster Recovery and L2 Network Extensions between sites that are paired within HCX. I've deployed VMC/HCX a number of times as a POC for customers that are evaluating … Continue reading Migrate to VMC using HCX and Powershell