How to add a touch function to PowerShell

By | 2019-05-07

I really like the mac/*nix ability to use touch to create a new file: I wanted to be able to do it in Windows PowerShell – here’s how you do it: Creating a temp function Run the following command from the PowerShell terminal: Making it permanent This is just slightly trickier. *IF* you already have… Read More »

First look at AWS Backup

By | 2019-02-26

One of the glaring misses in the AWS portfolio had been a consolidated, concise mechanism for backing up all yo’ stuffs without having to go 3rd party. While I am a *huge* fan of the Veeam product line… as of now you can’t use it to back up AWS RDS (as well as several other… Read More »

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AWS EFS & S3 Case Study

By | 2019-02-19

I recently helped a customer migrate from Azure to AWS and they had some unique and interesting storage needs that I thought would be excellent material for a blog post. What made this particular design interesting from a storage perspective was the customer’s syncing requirements. Background Customer X was having some issues with their Azure… Read More »

re:Invent Dev Chat CloudFormation Template

By | 2018-11-30

(or – OH MY GOD I TALKED AT RE:INVENT!!!) This last week was the big AWS conference called re:Invent.  I’ll have more to talk about on it later but for right now I promised the good folks who watched our Dev Chat that I’d post my CFT on github.  So here it is: https://github.com/mistwire/CloudFormationTemplates/tree/master/ReInvent_Demo_CFT 

Cross account VPC to VPC Peering

By | 2018-08-21

I’m currently playing with multiple VPCs in multiple accounts.  As a result of my home lab experiments gone awry I now find myself in need of connecting VPCs to each other that aren’t even in the same account.  This is the step-by-step process for establishing VPC peering connectivity across multiple accounts.  Before you begin, ensure that… Read More »

Using AWS Server Migration Service (SMS)

By | 2018-07-26

In my previous article I described how to establish a VPN connection between an AWS VPC and an on-premises datacenter. The next logical step is moving workloads up to the VPC! In this article we’re going to use AWS native SMS service to do just that. Pre-requisites for a VMware based environment here’s the tl;dr:… Read More »

Establishing a VPN connection between the Mistwire homelab and AWS

By | 2018-05-31

I wanted to setup a VPN connection between my homelab (which is now running a Ubiquiti Networks – Unfi Security Gateway), but there wasn’t a lot of good information on the how-to of said endeavor out there. So… fodder for a new article! Phase 1 – Create a new test VPC with a VPN I’m… Read More »

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How to change the size of your AWS RDS with zero downtime

By | 2018-03-05

I was playing with a multi-AZ RDS the other day and noticed that I was burning money more quickly than I had anticipated/wanted, so I decided to go to a smaller instance size that wasn’t as expensive (until the environment was under production load performance wasn’t that important). Maybe I should take a step back.  AWS… Read More »

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Upgrading the Mistwire Network with new Ubiquiti UniFi gear!

By | 2018-02-11

My old Linksys E4200 has served me well for almost a decade… but it’s time to retire the old girl and get something made after 2010.  Every vExpert that I’ve talked to and most of my pro services friends & consultants have all said that Ubiquiti is the way to go… so this article is… Read More »

AWS re:Invent re:Cap 2017

By | 2017-12-03

This was my very first AWS re:Invent conference and there are so many things to talk about!  New announcements, new friends, a list of do’s & don’ts for the next time I attend!   AWS Services First off, I’m going to briefly talk about the new services that have were announced, but I’m not going… Read More »

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