Integrate Amazon AppStream and Okta: AWS IDPs and IAM Roles – Part 2 of 3

Overview In this 3 part series, we're looking at integrating Amazon AppStream and Okta using an Okta Developer account. In the first post, we created an Okta Developer account, Okta applications for our AppStream stacks, and saved our Okta Identity Provider metadata. In this post (#2 of the series), we'll be setting up Identity Providers … Continue reading Integrate Amazon AppStream and Okta: AWS IDPs and IAM Roles – Part 2 of 3

Integrate Amazon AppStream and Okta: Creating Okta Applications – Part 1 of 3

Overview In this post, we'll look at how we can integrate Amazon AppStream and Okta? Why do this? I'm doing it because I'm looking for one place to go to gain access to ALL of the AppStream stacks I have access to. As you build out an AppStream infrastructure, a single user could have access … Continue reading Integrate Amazon AppStream and Okta: Creating Okta Applications – Part 1 of 3

Streaming Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops with Amazon AppStream 2.0 – Create the Stack!

To this point in our AppStream deployment, we've created an image and built a streaming instance fleet. In this post, we'll cover the steps necessary to create the AppStream stack, assign users, and test access. Remember from the first post that a stack is the means by which streamed desktops and applications are made available … Continue reading Streaming Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops with Amazon AppStream 2.0 – Create the Stack!

Streaming Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops with Amazon AppStream 2.0 – Build the Fleet!

In the first post of this AppStream series, we created an AppStream Image using the Image Builder. With the image created, we will focus on the task of building our fleet. Remember from the first post that a fleet consists of a number of “streaming instances” that service the streaming demand. If you're familiar with … Continue reading Streaming Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops with Amazon AppStream 2.0 – Build the Fleet!

Streaming Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops with Amazon AppStream 2.0 – Create the Image

Overview A fairly common ask in relation to the AWS End-User Computing portfolio had been a non-persistent virtual desktop. That ask was answered in August 2020 when AWS introduced a new feature called Desktop View, which provides a desktop experience through Amazon AppStream. In this multi-part series, I'll go through the process to create and … Continue reading Streaming Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops with Amazon AppStream 2.0 – Create the Image

Troubleshooting Amazon WorkSpace Connectivity from an End-User Device

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

AWS Security Specialty Exam Prep, a Book Review: “AWS Certified Security – Specialty” by Zeal Vora

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

Deploying Veeam Backup for AWS – Free Edition

Introduction During AWS re:Invent 2019, Veeam released "Backup for AWS", a backup and recovery solution designed, at this time, to protect AWS EC2 instances. In this upcoming (and now here) series of posts, I'll detail how to deploy and use Veeam Backup for AWS to backup and restore data from your AWS EC2 instances. This … Continue reading Deploying Veeam Backup for AWS – Free Edition

Veeam Backup for AWS – File-Level Recovery (FLR) Task Stops with Failures

I had a curious issue recently while testing Veeam Backup for AWS.  I had no issues deploying it, initializing it, configuring backups, nor restoring instances or volumes.  I did however, run into an issue when performing a file-level restore (FLR).  About 40 seconds after starting the FLR, I received the error (shown below) stating that … Continue reading Veeam Backup for AWS – File-Level Recovery (FLR) Task Stops with Failures