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Storing AWS credentials securely on a personal machine

How can I securely store AWS credentials on personal machines? In detail: Everybody in our team requires AWS security credentials for doing administrative tasks (credentials are separated by role). ...
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How to automate an Amazon EC2 instance startup, execution of some commands and shutdown?

I need to download 100 GB of files (it’s in about 150 files) within a 7 day period before they expire. The download is rate-limited by the host so it takes MUCH longer than the theoretical transfer ...
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EC2 linux any and all upstart jobs returning “unrecognised service”

Having a nightmare migrating some upstart jobs from Ubuntu to EC2 Linux (ElasticBeanstalk) I am unable to get even the most basic task to work. I am using the script below which works perfectly on ...
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How can I reuse existing resources in CloudFormation?

I've have S3 bucket as resource in my CloudFormation template. With DeletionPolicy set to Retain. This works as expected, when deleting the stack, it does indeed retain the bucket. However, when I ...
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How to automatically update nginx upstream server list when aws ec2 hostname changes or increases?

I want to setup autoscaling in AWS. I don't want to use Elastic Load Balancer. Autoscalling in Amazon creates EC2 instances seamlessly during demand spikes to maintain performance, and decreases ...
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AMI with or without reboot on AWS EC2

When creating AMI's from an EC2 instance I always check "no reboot", I've been wondering, what are the pros/cons of creating images with/without a reboot? Does keeping the server live affect the ...
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How do I attach an Elastic IP to an Elastic Beanstalk app?

I can give a single instance an Elastic IP. No problem. But I have an Elastic Beanstalk app. It can create and remove instances as needed. It has a load balancer. How can I get these features ...
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XFS: no space left on device, (but I have 850GB available!)

I'm using a combination of mdadm, lvm2, and XFS on Amazon EC2. So far, I've had success running a RAID 5 volume built from a number of EBS volumes. The EBS volumes are attached and used with mdadm to ...
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How to change assigned letter for Ephemeral drives automatically?

I have an AWS Windows box (Windows 2008 R2) with the following disks: C:\ 60 Gb (EBS) D:\ 200 Gb (EBS) Y:\ 40 Gb (Ephemeral SSD) Z:\ 40 Gb (Ephemeral SSD) Every time it boots I change ephemeral ...
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AWS VPC - why have a private subnet at all?

In Amazon VPC, the VPC creation wizard allows one to create a single "public subnet" or have the wizard create a "public subnet" and a "private subnet". Initially, the public and private subnet ...
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AWS t1 to t2 migration: Client.InstanceInitiatedShutdown on new t2 instance

I've had a Linux t1.micro running a small Apache/PHP/Postgresql website for a couple of years now (referred herein as "original instance"). Works like a charm. I wanted to migrate the site to the ...
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RDS Replication across regions

We are using Amazon AWS for our web services but given the recent instabilities in their infrastructure, we are trying to figure out how to run our application across multiple regions for additional ...
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Has anyone achieved Level 1 PCI compliance on AWS?

All the FAQs, documents and statements published by AWS aside, did any Level 1 merchant actually achieve PCI compliance on AWS yet? We're evaluating moving some of our services to EC2/VPC, but our ...
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Amazon ECS (Docker): binding container to specific IP address

I'm playing with Amazon ECS (a repackaging of Docker) and I'm finding there's one Docker capability that ECS does not seem to provide. Namely, I would like to have multiple containers running in an ...
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Is it possible to get a list of running processes with a Cloudwatch Alarm?

We have an EC2 instance (Ubuntu) that has a few java-based applications and lately we're getting hit with high CPU utilization spikes that trigger one of our Cloudwatch alarms. By the time we get ...
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Easy way to convert custom 32-bit AMI into 64-bit one?

I have customised (EBS-backed) AMI for running a demo version of an application of ours. (The AMI contains Ubuntu 11.04 with a Tomcat & MySQL setup for the app itself, and Jenkins for easy ...
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Why doesn't the aws cloud formation install the packages that I specify?

I'm very new to the AWS services. I'm trying to use the AWS cloud formation and I created a template. The template is error free and I am able to create machines using that. But I have added some ...
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How do I set an MX record in Route53 for a GoDaddy domain?

Can't seem to find an answer to this question on AWS' forum, not in the Route53 manual, nor on Stackoverflow/Serverfault in a way that makes sense...and GoDaddy's support sure as heck ain't got an ...
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How to address an EC2 instance from both inside and outside datacenter?

I'm trying to find a good way of being able to address my EC2 database instance from both inside and outside of the datacenter. Other EC2 instances need to be able to call into it, and other clients ...
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The site is using outdated security settings that may prevent future versions of Chrome from being able to safely access it

We're using an AWS ELB to do SSL termination and are having an issue where Chrome is displaying "https" in red with a strikethrough. It says "The site is using outdated security settings that may ...
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Amazon Ec2 Elastic IP - Outbound IP?

I am trying to make a kind of proxy using elastic IPs on my Amazon EC2 instance. My question is, say I associate an elastic IP to my Amazon instance, and then I make an outbound connection from my EC2 ...
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Can't find my AWS shared AMI when trying to share with specific account

I followed the instructions to share my AMI with a specific account here: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/sharingamis-explicit.html I made sure the account number is correct, and ...
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Search ec2 instance by its name from aws command line tool

I have an instance named dev-server-03. Now how can I search all dev-server-* instances from command line? I am using aws cli tool.
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AWS - how to serve faster to oversea users

We have our infras relying on AWS in the us-east-1 region. (EC2, CloudFront, RDS, ElastiCache) We are now having more and more users from the APAC. Users start to complain about network speed to our ...
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Amazon RDS Instances: db.m1.large vs db.m3.large

Recently, Amazon announced new instance types for RDS. Currently, we are running db.m1.large, and it looks like the new db.m3.large is comparable but cheaper. Before moving these over, I wanted to ...
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opening port 80 on Ubuntu AWS

I'm running a tomcat server on an ubuntu machine hosted in an AWS instance. I can reach the server via public_ip:8080 but when i change the listening port on server.xml from 8080 to 80 connection is ...
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Best Amazon AWS region for Australian website?

What is the best Amazon AWS region to host a website for an Australian audience? Amazon's marketing material seems to suggest that Singapore is the best place, but the ping tests I've performed have ...
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Automated snapshots of EBS-backed EC2 instance running Ubuntu

I'm running an EBS-backed instance which acts as a software development team's build server (running Jenkins and host of other services). The server is running Linux (latest Ubuntu from the official ...
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amazon aws - regional data transfer - in/out/between EC2 Avail Zones

can anyone say what this charge item is from the account activity? $0.010 per GB - regional data transfer - in/out/between EC2 Avail Zones or when using public/elastic IP addresses or ELB i launched ...
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AWS 'vol-xxxxxxx' with Marketplace codes may not be attached as as secondary device issue

I'm encountering the same problem as here: http://www.quora.com/Amazon-EC2/Is-it-possible-to-rescue-an-EBS-volume-which-has-marketplace-codes. Basically I've locked myself out of the instance and I ...
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Assign multiple Elastic IPs to EC2 instance

When I try and associate a second Elastic IP to a small EC2 instance, the currently assigned Elastic IP is disassociated. Do I need to use a VPC?
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Does Amazon EC2 and RDS have ECC memory?

I know that Amazon's Cluster GPU Instances have ECC memory as mentioned on their blog but there's no mention of other instance types. There's a forum post from back in 2007 that went unanswered. Does ...
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Load Balancing on Amazon (AWS) and staying up to date

I would like to have a load balancer for my site and have the site up to date. The load balancer will take the AMI I select and spin up more of those instances when processing power hits a certain ...
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Is there a way to set an AWS instance's name from command line tools?

In the web console there is a field "Name" which you can edit to associate useful context with an instance, is there a way to set or retrieve this info from the command line?
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AWS VPC internet gateway and AWS services

Am I doing something wrong or is the AWS VPC ec2 instances not able to reach any of the AWS managed services (s3/sns/sqs) without a public route to the Internet Gateway in the routetable? I was told ...
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Cloudwatch mon-put-instance-data not reporting on AMI-cloned instance

After cloning an EC2 instance using AMI (to change a hosts security group), none of the statistics reported by the Amazon-provided mon-put-instance-data.pl script are showing up in CloudWatch. I can ...
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strongSwan IPsec server with AWS EC2 VPC VPN client

I'm trying to create a VPN tunnel between 2 AWS regions. The way I'm trying to do this is by setting up a IPsec server in Linux with strongSwan in one region, and then a VPC VPN in the other region. ...
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1 EC2 instance per website - manage multiple websites on Amazon cloud using EC2

I'm managing multiple websites, most based on WordPress and all are based on LAMP stack. I'm moving all my websites to Amazon cloud. I'm new to AWS and my plan is moving 1 website by one, starting ...
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How do you recover you RDS master user username?

Resetting the RDS master user's password is simple enough, but how do you find your master users username?
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AWS: Multi-region setup using single RDS instance

I'm trying to scale our web application (PHP, MySQL, memcache) in a multi-region scheme. Currently we are using a setup with two EC2 instances behind an ELB and an RDS instance, all of them in US-EAST ...
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How does one point a domain to a load balancer that doesn't have a stable IP?

I'm trying to point mydomain.eu to an AWS load balancer, which, by its nature, does not have a stable IP, so I think I'm supposed to point the A record to a subdomain at Amazon, but as far as I can ...
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What are common strategies for configuration management on EC2?

Without using a 3rd party cloud configuration service, what are common patterns/strategies or whitepapers written on the subject of configuration management with EC2? Specifically on how to configure ...
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in cloudformation is it possible to create a reusable string?

i have a string the is formed from a number of variables which i use for many different things such as Tags and host names. is there a way of creating a reusable string that i can just Ref though ...
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Force HTTPS with AWS Elastic load balancer

I need to redirect all incoming HTTP traffic to HTTPS on my elastic load balancer. I tired using Apache mod_rewrite: RewriteEngine On RewriteCond %{HTTP:X-Forwarded-Proto} !https RewriteRule ...
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Cannot create a EC2 server root volume greater than 8 GB

I am trying to create an EC2 large instance. AWS claims to say I shall get 850 GB instance storage if I go for Large Instance. I configure the VM to have the Root Volume size of 100 GB. But, when I ...
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AWS: how to stop cloud-init from disabling root login

On AWS I have managed to create an AMI with a modified Ubuntu 12.04 LTS amd64. I've added lots of packages and much of our own code and files. The cloud init is still there, and I'm sure should ...
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Tracking costs within one AWS account

I have what I'm sure is a very common problem. Our company has many projects and groups working for different clients. We do a lot of our development work in the cloud and deploy our solutions there. ...
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How can I access instance storage on a Windows EC2 instance with an ebs root device?

I have created an AMI, but I would like to use instance storage for some scientific programs I want to run. They basically read a bunch of stuff from disk, write it back out to disk and then ...
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Communicate within same EC2 Security Group

I have several instances running in the same security group(Say: Group-A) that needs to talk with each other, in particular, port 4369. Each instance has a different Elastic IP. The Security Group ...
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Give EC2 IAM role read access to S3 bucket

I have an AWS Elastic Beanstalk Rails app that I am configuring via the config script to pull some files from an S3 bucket. When I start up the application, I keep receiving the following error in the ...