Category Archives: cloud

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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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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Use AWS Lambda to schedule instance starts/stops and save some money!

By | 2017-09-30

I’m currently running a PoC and I only want the systems available to play with Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm EST.  In order to save a good bit of money I’ve decided to turn off the instances at night.  I’m also super lazy, so I don’t want to have to log into the servers… Read More »

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Changing the size of your EBS-backed Windows EC2 instance in 5 easy steps

By | 2017-09-21

I’ve been playing with Jenkins recently and came to find out that the I3.large instance that I created for it doesn’t have enough CPU to satisfy my requirements. The instance is all configured, installed and happy, so now I just want MOAR POOTER!!! Here is a step-by-step on how to do exactly that. Note: this… Read More »

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The AWS Portsmouth User Group is now official!

By | 2017-04-18

Steve Viens, Tim Durgan and I started a new AWS User Group for the Portsmouth, New Hampshire area! We had our first meetup 4/11 at the GreenPages office (Thanks Ron!). If you are in the area, you can join us by signing up here: Here is the YouTube channel: Our first presenter was Brian Tarbox… Read More »

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Connecting the Mistwire VMware Homelab to an AWS VPC

By | 2017-02-20

Something that I had been meaning to do for a long time was to create a VPN connection between my home lab (a VMware based nested ESXi environment in my basement) to one of my AWS VPCs. Overview – As this is a simple setup, we’re going to go with a single VPN connection scenario:… Read More »

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My Experience with the AWS Solutions Architect Pro (AWS-PSA) Exam

By | 2017-01-15

It took me 2 times to pass this test and I have to say, it is a very difficult and rather sneaky exam 😉 To start off, this is the progression of study material that I used, in order: Watched the excellent video series. Read all of the whitepapers in the recommended reading list as… Read More »

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Pro – Study Notes Domain 8

By | 2016-11-05

Domain 8.0: Cloud Migration and Hybrid Architecture (10% of exam) 8.1 Plan and execute for applications migrations 8.2 Demonstrate ability to design hybrid cloud architectures VMware Integration AWS management portal for vCenter: Portal installs as a vCenter plug-in Enables you to migrate VMware VMs to EC2 & Manage AWS resources from within vCenter Use… Read More »

AWS Certified Solutions Architect Pro – Study Notes Domain 7

By | 2016-11-02

Domain 7.0: Scalability and Elasticity (15% of exam) 7.1 Demonstrate the ability to design a loosely coupled system 7.2 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate front-end scaling architecture 7.3 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate middle-tier scaling architecture 7.4 Demonstrate ability to implement the most appropriate data storage scaling architecture 7.5 Determine trade-offs… Read More »