Customizing the Amazon WorkSpaces Client

Overview Earlier this month, AWS announced that the Amazon WorkSpaces API could now be used to modify the appearance of the WorkSpaces client to enhance the end user experience. The updated API allows you to add a logo, login message, forgot password, and support links unique to your organization. What aspects of the WorkSpaces client … Continue reading Customizing the Amazon WorkSpaces Client

Deploying Linux Desktops and Applications with Amazon AppStream 2.0

Overview I suppose its impossible to keep up with every AWS announcement, even for some of your favorite services. I can't really even remember how I came across this but on November 16, 2021, AWS announced that, "Amazon AppStream 2.0 adds support for Amazon Linux 2. With this launch, you can now stream Linux applications … Continue reading Deploying Linux Desktops and Applications with Amazon AppStream 2.0

Whose cloud is it anyway? Recap from Cloud Field Day 10

It wasn't all too long ago that cloud computing seemed like something only bleeding edge tech companies took seriously. Cloud is now fairly ubiquitous in the current world of tech. The recent pandemic helped accelerate this trajectory, but it was undeniable that cloud would become a main player in enterprise IT. This cloud boom has … Continue reading Whose cloud is it anyway? Recap from Cloud Field Day 10

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?

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