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Bootstrapping Windows Servers with AWS EC2

Posted by Buddy Brooks on Jun 27, 2016 10:00:00 AM

When working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 instances, bootstrapping refers to using scripts provided at launch to configure new EC2 instances (servers). Concerning Windows servers, there are several considerations when determining the best method of bootstrapping. Bootstrap scripts can be applied directly from the management console, but we will be looking at a programmatic method of using bootstrapping scripts through the AWS CLI. There are many alternative choices. Many can be quite elaborate. This approach is one with very few dependencies. This scope of this blog covers creating a batch file that will run at the command prompt using the AWS CLI interface.
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Topics: DevOps, SharePoint, Windows, Infrastructure as Code, PowerShell, Architecture, Windows Server, AWS, Cloud Computing, Programming, Programmable Infrastructure

Improving Vendor-Provided Visio Stencils that are Less than Great

Posted by Jason Ramsey on Mar 8, 2016 10:30:00 AM

As an IT professional, I've had occasion to use Microsoft Visio perhaps two or three thousand times. Given that it has been the de facto standard in creating visual representations of complex architectures and other technological concepts for close to two decades, it's likely you've encountered the tool yourself.

Generally speaking, it's all well and good to open the application, choose applicable stencils for your project (bundled or those you've downloaded from a third party), and start dragging shapes onto the page. A few labels and some strategically placed lines, and you've got yourself a passable diagram ready to share with your colleagues... yay. There are sometimes, however, when one of these third parties make available a well-intended, but ultimately awful, set of stencils that they invite you to use to document their nifty widgets and doodads... thus was my experience recently when I downloaded Amazon's AWS Visio stencils, and this blog post details what I did about it.

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Topics: Amazon Web Services, Architecture, AWS, Visio, Cloud Computing

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