Has the Cloud Era Arrived? Thoughts from Cloud Field Day 8 #CFD8

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

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

Deploying AWS Infrastructure…with Terraform…using Azure DevOps?

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?

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

Getting Started with Amazon WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (WSP) Beta

A Bevy of AWS Announcements!! AWS re:Invent is next week….it’s almost hard to believe I’ll be leaving in just a few days. What’s been equality hard to believe is the speed of announcements about new features/services coming from AWS just this week, including but certainly not limited to: • Amazon Athena adds support for running … Continue reading Getting Started with Amazon WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (WSP) Beta

Quick Hit #2 – The One with AWS WorkSpaces and WorkDocs

Just a couple tidbits regarding AWS WorkSpaces and WorkDocs... An Error Restoring An Unhealthy WorkSpace when using PowerShell for AWS In an effort to reduce the workload of your IT support staff and provide end users more control over their experience, AWS WorkSpaces provides some self-service WorkSpace management capabilities including the following: Increase the personal … Continue reading Quick Hit #2 – The One with AWS WorkSpaces and WorkDocs