Configuring CloudFront to use ACM ( Amazon certificate manager) and redirect all the traffic to HTTPS

26Jan,16 Post Image

Amazon announced AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) last week. This means free SSL certs! Thank you Amazon for solving this major pain in operation! In this blog post we show how to setup ACM wildcard cert on Cloudfront Distribution. 1) Go to cloud front and click on select the CloudFront distribution and click edit on general […]

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nClouds Earns Status as Amazon Web Services (AWS) Managed Service Provider Partner

28Oct,15 Post Image

Underscoring its reputation as an advanced consulting partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN), nClouds announced today that it has become one of the first AWS Managed Service Partners in Silicon Valley as part of the new AWS Managed Service Program. San Jose, CA – Sep 08, 2015 – nClouds, a leading DevOps Solution Provider, […]

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Permitting IAM users to manage MFA and password without giving admin rights

04Sep,15 Post Image

When we are building infrastructure for our clients, we make sure that user has least amount of privileges. This walk though guide you through giving user enough permissions to manage their MFA and password without giving them admin rights. 1. Navigate to IAM and click on create policy and select Create Your Own Policy 2. […]

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How to enable detail billing on AWS

24Aug,15 Post Image

AWS generate detailed billing reports that break down your costs by the hour, day, or month; or by each account in your organization; or by product or product resource, or by tags that you define yourself. This walk through shows how to enable detail billing on your account. 1. Create a s3 bucket to save […]

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Using AWS? Do These 3 Things Now

10Jul,15 Post Image

As a Managed Service Provider for Amazon Web Services we work closely with our clients to ensure that every little detail is taken care of. However if you’re not our client and using AWS it may not be configured to ensure the best security, billing protections or transparency. Do these 3 things immediately – 1) […]

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Test OpsWorks Cookbooks locally using Test Kitchen and Docker

The challenge Testing cookbooks on OpsWorks takes a really long time and the feedback loop is really slow Most of the OpsWorks cookbooks don’t run locally unless OpsWorks agent is running. In this blog post I’ll walk you through how to simulate a OpsWorks environment locally using Test Kitchen and Docker ( boot2docker ). Hopefully, […]

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Deploy from Slack to Jenkins and Opsworks

OpsWorks can manage the life cycle of an application. But most of the time we find it useful to orchestrate OpsWorks deployments through Jenkins events because Jenkins easily integrates with many current workflows for most of the clients. Let’s talk about some of the challenges this workflow addresses and some steps use to implement deployment thru […]

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AWS Cross-account service access with Roles and temp keys

In last week, I was playing with cross-account IAM roles to achieve key-less job executions in our amazon web services environment. As a security prospective, IAM role is better option over aws keys as there is no need of aws keys ,awscli or s3cmd to access aws services. With proper use of IAM roles in […]

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How to Configure SolrCloud

Here at nClouds one of our clients wanted us to implement a Search Engine that autofills in one of their applications. We looked into various search engines and found that SolrCloud had the best collection of search indexes in storage. So, here in this blog we will go over how we configured the backend manually. […]

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Build a rails stack using Chef, Vagrant and Berkshelf

In this post, I am going to be creating a demo Rails stack using Chef, Vagrant and Berkshelf. Chef is an open source configuration management system, it allows you to treat your infrastructure as a code. Vagrant allows you to create Virtualbox machines, they also have support for Vmware. And, finally Berkshelf handles cookbook dependencies, […]

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