AWS WorkSpaces – Creating an AD Connector

In order to join an AWS WorkSpace to and then login using existing "on-prem" Active Directory domain credentials, a WorkSpace directory using an AD Connector must be created. Amazon WorkSpaces uses a directory to store and manage information for your WorkSpaces and users. AD Connector Prerequisites Before jumping directly into creating the AD Connector, be …

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Thinking about AWS WorkSpaces….

Recently, two events got me thinking more and more about AWS WorkSpaces.  What is AWS Workspaces?  Basically it's VDI on AWS, but here's the official AWS definition/description: Amazon WorkSpaces enables you to provision virtual, cloud-based Microsoft Windows or Amazon Linux desktops for your users, known as WorkSpaces.  Amazon WorkSpaces eliminates the need to procure and deploy …

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2018 AWS Public Sector Notes – Cost Optimization on AWS

As promised through Twitter, here are my notes from my second Thursday morning session from last week’s AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC.  This session, on AWS Cost Optimization led by Matt Johnson, was packed!  Honestly, I was a little surprised by that initially though I’m not sure why….I mean, I have my AWS …

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2018 AWS Public Summit Notes – Culture Shock: How a Legacy, Siloed Organization Can Move to the Cloud

In this session, which was filled to overflowing, Sherry Stevens of NAIC and Jeffrey Olson of The College Board discussed their organizations journey to the AWS cloud.  I found it interesting to hear their thoughts and appreciated that both organizations were in different stages of their cloud journey.  NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners) is …

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Veeam backup to AWS – Health Check $$

One of the unfortunate parts in dealing with data center technology is uncovering "gotchas." It is unfortunate in that no matter how much you know and how much experience you have, something will always sneak up every so often and bite you in the rear. Technology changes so fast, and there are so many moving …

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