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AWS S3 Bucket Name Validation Regex

Posted by Scott Lanoue on Oct 24, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Amazon Web Services enforces a strict naming convention for buckets used for storing files. Amazon’s requirements for bucket names include: 

  • A Bucket's name can be between 6 and 63 characters long, containing lowercase characters, numbers, periods, and dashes
  • Each label must start with a lowercase letter or number
  • Bucket names cannot contain underscores, end with a dash, have consecutive periods, or use dashes adjacent to periods
  • Lastly, the bucket name cannot be formatted as an IPV4 address (e.g. 255.255.255.255)

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Topics: Amazon Web Services, JavaScript, Field Validation, AWS, HTML, Testing, Programming

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

Best Practices for AWS EC2

Posted by Michael Carlino on May 31, 2016 1:00:00 PM

There are several things to consider before clicking that “Launch” button in the AWS (Amazon Web Services) console. The more you plan and take into consideration ahead of time, the more you can save yourself a few headaches down the road. I will go over some fundamental best practices to consider before launching your EC2 instance. These topics will cover storage, security, backup/recovery, and finally management.
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Topics: Amazon Web Services, Best Practices, AWS, Cloud Computing

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

AWS Certification - Solutions Architect Training Insights

Posted by Buddy Brooks on Mar 1, 2016 10:30:00 AM

Amazon Web Services offers certification testing for IT professionals interested in advancing their careers in the Amazon realm.

In September 2015, I completed the certification exam for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate. It is by far one of the most difficult certification exams I have ever taken. The exam is designed to measure your "technical expertise in desinging and deploying scalable, highly available, and fault tolerant systems on AWS." 

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Topics: Amazon Web Services, DevOps, SharePoint, Infrastructure as Code, Certifications, AWS, Cloud Computing

AWS S3 Storage Concepts for Windows Admins

Posted by Buddy Brooks on Aug 27, 2015 2:30:00 PM

If you happen to be a Windows Admin (you know who you are) and are beginning to work in the Amazon Web Services Environment, there are some things you need to know! Unless you are at least a little familiar with Linux, you are in for an adventure in confusion. As with any product there is a learning curve when you first begin to explore it. The first challenge is learning to “speak the same language.” Even though I have experience using Linux, I still stumbled until I digested the explanations. Be careful! The language/concept barrier can lead to a great deal of confusion and difficulty. There are many AWS terms that have special meaning. In fact, it is almost a different way of thinking.This blog will cover how I went about breaking the barrier and how you can too!

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Topics: Amazon Web Services, Live Demo, Windows, Linux, AWS, Cloud Computing

Blackboard Learn: Collaboration Tool in Law Enforcement Online Training

Posted by Buddy Brooks on Feb 23, 2015 2:04:00 PM

Easy Dynamics has recently enjoyed the opportunity to collaborate with the product engineers from Blackboard to deploy their “Learn” learning management software (LMS). Easy Dynamics is partnering with one of our federal law enforcement customers to better utilize online resources for online collaboration.

Blackboard Learn will be an exciting new resource for our customer. Their team is preparing to offer an enhanced collaborative, online training experience for federal law enforcement agencies. Blackboard Learn is a learning management product that provides a customizable Internet-based learning environment with flexible resources to improve the learning experience. 

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Topics: Training, Easy Dynamics, Collaboration, Online Learning, Amazon Web Services, AWS

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