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

Why you need Veeam to backup your cloud data

Veeam v10 was released earlier in 2020 and brought with it a slew of new cloud focused products and announcements. Throughout 2020, Veeam has enhanced it's cloud portfolio, including an acquisition of Kasten to bring Kubernetes into the fold. Recent updates to Veeam Backup for AWS, the release of Veeam Backup for Azure and soon … Continue reading Why you need Veeam to backup your cloud data

Is Terraform Cloud the best Terraform backend?

A previous post of mine highlighted the flexibility that Azure DevOps provides for automation across a wide spectrum of products. In that example, I deployed AWS infrastructure via ADO Pipelines using Terraform configured with an Azure backend. That example worked fine for my use case, but just because you can do something doesn't always mean … Continue reading Is Terraform Cloud the best Terraform backend?

AWS File Gateway: Joining to an Active Directory Domain

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