Building AWS CloudFormation templates using CloudFormer

I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm somewhat of a newbie when it comes build AWS CloudFormation templates, but that hasn't stopped me from trying to learn how to harness the power they provide.  Thus, last week I spent some time trying to build a CloudFormation template to deploy a Cisco ASAv.  At this point, …

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Recovering from a failed AWS Tape Gateway

If you deploy an AWS tape gateway that encounters an unrecoverable failure, you can "potentially" recover any virtual tape data that has already been uploaded to AWS to another tape gateway.  I say "potentially" because I have experienced the corruption of (1) virtual tape; this could happen if your tape gateway experiences its fatal failure …

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DR with Cloud Protection Manager

CPM provides a DR option that can be used to easily send backup data from one region to another should you need to restore your EC2 instances in another AWS region.  This post details the process of sending US-East (N. Virginia) backup data to US-West (Oregon). Configure CPM Disaster Recovery Options Within CPM, click Policies. …

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Improving AWS / Cisco ASA VPN Instability

If you are experiencing any instability in regards to a VPN connection between your corporate datacenter and AWS, consider the following (received from AWS Support) if you are using Cisco ASAs to establish the VPN connection to AWS. -> From looking at the logs, following are the suggested changes - 1. I am seeing Phase …

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Part 4 – AWS Backup with CPM – Restoring Files

At a high-level, posts 1-3 covered the process to deploy, initialize, and configure CPM to backup EC2 instances.  To close out the series, I'll cover the process to restore files using CPM's backup monitor.  Though I'll close the basic backup/restore series out with this post, there is still much more than can and will be …

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