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AWS - point my zone apex (mydomain.com versus www.mydomain.com) to Elastic Load Balancer

I'm having trouble setting up an Route53 Apex Zone that point to an ELB and works on www and non-www domain names. The domain name is datingjapan.co In Route53 I have clicked new record set added ...
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Install wordpress using amazon RDS

Now this is weird! I am trying to install a WordPress website on a Amazon EC2 server with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and [amazon RDS][1] database service. I have installed apache and wphp and ran the required ...
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Deleting old AMI in AWS EC2

I had to migrated a few VMs from EC2 into a VPC and to do so, I created an image of every VM, stopped it, and launched a new instance in the VPC from the AMI I've created. I am now wondering, if I ...
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Which AWS features are EBS backed?

I recently read an article AWS: The good, the bad and ugly, which mentioned that they've moved off of all EBS backed AWS features. What features are explicity (EBS backed EC2 instances) or implicitly ...
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Chef Integration Tasks Best Practices

I am new to chef (using hosted chef server) and am muddling along ok and basically understand how to provision individual servers. What I am having trouble with is figuring out how to integrate the ...
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Upload database backup from mysql to Amazon S3 or Glacier without creating local file

Is there a tool that makes possible to backup a Mysql database to Amazon S3 or Amazon Glacier without having o create a local file with the database contents? Something like that: mysqldump -u ...
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How should secret files be pushed to an EC2 (on AWS) Ruby on Rails application?

How should secret files be pushed to an EC2 Ruby on Rails application using amazon web services with their elastic beanstalk? I add the files to a git repository, and I push to github, but I want to ...
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Odd behavior of setting REMOTE_ADDR between Apache, Nginx, and AWS ELB

I have encountered a strange issue and am curious if others have encountered this as well. and if there is absolutely anything that can be done.. We have a set up where we have multiple AWS EC2 Linux ...
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Convert VMDK images into AMI images

I have setup and environment for building the virtual machines in vmdk format and then use ec2 api tools to convert, bundle and upload it to the AWS Cloud. However, I am facing certain challenges in ...
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On-premise VMware vSphere vs Amazon VPC for small business [closed]

Background I have been managing all the IT for a small business (owned by a family member) of ~5 users for about 10 years. Since about 2 years the infrastructure is 100% virtual running on VMware ...
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Amazon EC2 - how to determine how busy each CPU is

I have an Amazon EC2 micro instance. I believe that this is 1 core (or 2 for periodic bursts) with 4 CPU's. I'm getting confused with the terminology (ECU vs CPU vs Core) but really I would like to ...
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Installing Backtrack/Pentesting OS on AWS/AZURE? [closed]

I tried good search but i am unable to get any help on this topic. Is there any official/unofficial way to install these OS on these cloud hosting. I don't know if it against there tos or not. ...
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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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EC2 instance keeps respawning, even after termination

A quite annoying EC2 instance keeps respawning, no matter how many times I try to delete or terminate it. What could be the cause of this? How can I finally get rid of this Micro testing instance?
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AWS service to setup port forwarding from Elastic IP to EC2 instances

Is there an AWS service (rather than creating an instance, and doing something via iptables?) that will allow me to use the API to set up port forwarding from a single Elastic IP address, onto ...
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Chef command to create new ec2 instance with second ebs volume attached and mounted instead of the default ephemeral volume?

We currently use this command to create a new ec2 instance with chef: knife ec2 server create --node-name=prod-apache-1 --availability-zone us-east-1c --image ami-3d4ff254 --distro ubuntu12.04-gems ...
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Provider claiming “all web servers in the cloud are automatically kept in sync” - should I be skeptical?

I'm no expert in cloud computing - I've spent a fair bit of time researching it and various providers but am yet to get any hands-on experience with it. From what I've read about AWS and auto-scaling ...
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When I mount an XFS snapshot that was frozen, do I need to unfreeze it?

I'm snapshotting an XFS EBS volume, freezing it first. When I mount the snapshot as a new volume on a different instance will I need to unfreeze the volume before it can be used, or will it not be ...
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Download single files from GitHub in CloudFormation template

Within my CloudFormation template, I would like to download text files from GitHub. When I examine the downloaded files is encoded/encrypted content instead of plain text. It doesn't seem like it ...
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Do EC2 EBS provisioned iops volumes set an iops cap, not just a minimum?

I've been testing AWS EC2 with EBS optimized instances using EBS provisioned IOPS volumes in the hopes of finding out just how much better they perform in reality. I'm confused by the results and was ...
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How to configure Elastic Beanstalk for using Rails with Postgres?

Elastic Beanstalk has built in support for RDS. But, I want to use Postgresql with Elastic Beanstalk. Which will be the best approach for doing this?
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Email notification and mail server

I am building a web application with email notification just like Facebook, which will host in http://www.linode.com/. When a user A comment to a post, the poster will get an email notification from ...
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Time between AWS Notifying of Scale Down and Terminating instance

Here is the scenario, there are multiple EC2 instances behind a load balancer. When traffic dies down, the SCALE_DOWN policy is triggered from a CloudWatch alarm. What I would like, is for the ...
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How to set up multitenant Route53 subdomains with parent domain not on Route53?

My goal is to be able to add/drop subdomains for a multi-tenant app via Route53: tenant.example.com. Account provisioning should place the new tenant on a hosting node and then add the newly onboarded ...
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Load/stress testing methodology. What to expect and how to interpret results?

We have this new client for whom we're reviewing our server infrastructure. I know pretty well the web API because I've helped building it and now I'm on my own maintaining and pushing it forward, so ...
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Assign PowerShell script to run at startup using PowerShell on Window Server 2012

I'm trying to write a PowerShell script that will run when a Windows 2012 instance is created on AWS using the configuration tools provided by AWS. My problem is that I want to change the name of ...
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What would be the IP address for UDP messages for AWS instances from different regions?

I have my AWS EC2 setup in different regions, say one in Oregon, and another one in Ireland. I want to send a UDP message from Oregon to Ireland. What IP address should I use in this case? I have ...
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Problems migrating an EBS backed instance over AWS Regions

Note: I asked this question on the EC2 forums too but haven't received any love there. Hopefully the ServerFault community will be more awesome. The new AWS Sydney region opening up is something that ...
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Is it safe to publish an EC2 security group?

Is it safe to publish the security group you're launching machines on? i.e. "my box is on sg-abcdef" Are there any permissions that control who is allowed to join your SG? Worst case, it seems like a ...
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DNS: CNAME as www record

I'm considering changing the DNS www records of a domain name from an A record to a CNAME. Various questions and answers on serverfault are not as clear cut as I'd hoped. Also, many DNS checking tools ...
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File replication among EC2 instances

I am pretty new to AWS so please excuse my ignorance. We are wanting to have a setup whereby we have a SQL DB instance + web server instance. However we would like the Web server to sit behind an ELB ...
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Is it possible to update an existing EC2 security group from CloudFormation?

I have a manually created security group to access Redis, and I am creating a LAMP stack with AWS CloudFormation. I need to update the Amazon EC2 security group from Redis to allow access from this ...
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Can't start Apache - Address already in use - httpd is stopped

I'm trying to set up an Amazon EC2 web server on the "Virtual Private Cloud". I'm using this instead of a standard EC2 instance because I needed to assign multiple public IPs and that necessitates the ...
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Merely installing PHP5 causes my AWS Ubuntu server to die minutes later from a massive CPU spike

I have an AWS server with Ubuntu 11.04 as the OS that is running an Apache2 webserver (incidentally Python-based and using Django). We recently needed to add support for php5 to let us use a third ...
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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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How can I do an SELINUX filesystem relabel without rebooting first?

I can touch the file /.autorelabel and reboot and during the initialization coming back up it will do the SELINUX relabel for me. But I want to do this in a different situation where the system has ...
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aws load balancer ssl termination implications

If I set up a load balancer on aws that terminates ssl at the load balancer, then the requests being sent to the application server is in plain text. That has definite security implications. How do ...
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Will I be charged for creating a new (second) AMI from my currently running free-tier Amazon EBS-backed instance? [closed]

I have a running instance of an Amazon AMI instance that I've installed Node.js, modules, various updates, etc., and I would like to save a new AMI created from this instance in its current state. The ...
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Possible to join an Amazon RDS SQL Server 2008 instance to a Windows Domain?

We're planning on using an Amazon RDS MS SQL Server 2008 instance in our Amazon VPC. Since we don't have access to the underlying OS for RDS, I was wondering if it's at all possible to join an RDS ...
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Using Route 53 with EC2 Public DNS and Virtual Hosts

I would like subdomains of my EC2 Instance Public URL to point to different document trees in on my machine so foo.ec2-012-345-678-901.eu-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com has a separate DocumentRoot to ...
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Migrating to AWS Cloud with auto-scaling - where to put Redis and ElasticSearch?

I've been trying to research this topic but haven't found anywhere that recommends where to install services such as Redis and ElasticSearch when migrating to a cloud framework. I'm currently running ...
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How to update an EBS AMI's snapshot?

I have an AMI that I use for my rails web servers. This AMI using an EBS Snapshot to launch with the basics all ready for production. I now need to update some configuration settings on web servers ...
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Cross Region S3 bucket policy

I would like to allow EC2 servers based in us-east-1 to read content from a bucket in us-west-2. Every time I try I get a "The Bucket you are attempting to access must be addressed using the ...
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Given an EC2 instance with an EBS AMI, How can I update the AMI's snapshot?

on EC2 my app servers are running the same EBS AMI. How can I update this AMI's snapshot to contain the latest configuration settings and site code? I can only find tutorials that talk about creating ...
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Creating a local database instance from the RDS snapshot

I am running a AWS RDS large instance for the production. I am taking mysqldumps everyday at mid-night. But it take too long to take the mysql dump and the website does not respond during the mysql ...
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SSH broken after homedir permissions and hostname change on EC2-hosted Ubuntu

I changed my instance's hostname using the hostname utility and then set it in /etc/hostname so that the new name survives reboot. My main motivation was for differentiating between instances at the ...
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Sending email from an AWS domain via Google Apps

I have a domain managed via Amazon's Route53 service. I have a Google Apps (free) account with 10 full users. To facilitate more than 10 users (we need about 12-14), I've been using a setup whereby ...
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On AWS do I have to open ports in an EC2 instance's firewall as well as security group?

If I change my SSH port from 22 to 23453, I can no longer ssh in. In more detail, I'm using a Red Hat EC2 instance on Amazon Web Services. This is the second change I've on a fresh install (first ...
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backup aws ec2 to separate account

I want to backup my AWS snapshots to a completely separate AWS account for additional security (if my AWS credentials were acquired someone could delete all my snapshots and volumes). But I'm a bit ...
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Amazon blocked port 80 and 443 on my instance

Amazon AWS sent me an email about warning that my instance have been behaving like Phising that is against AWS Customer Agreement. And they noticed that they blocked port 80 and 443 which are for ...