SD-WAN made easy

I’ll start by asking you two questions: Are you paying too much for your Wide Area Network (WAN)? And, is it the best method of connecting to the public Cloud? At cloudstep.io we are constantly looking for ways to improve our customers connectivity to the public cloud. We consider cloud network connectivity a foundation serviceContinue reading “SD-WAN made easy”

Tagging EC2 EBS Volumes in Auto Scaling Groups

Tagging becomes a huge part of your life when in the public cloud. Metadata is thrown around like hotcakes, and why not. At cloudstep.io we preach the ways of the DevOps gods and especially infrastructure as code for repeatable and standardised deployments. This way everything is uniform and everything gets a TAG! I ran intoContinue reading “Tagging EC2 EBS Volumes in Auto Scaling Groups”

AWS ECS CloudFormation Fails – Unable to assume the service linked role.

I ran into an interesting issue when building a new ECS Cluster using CloudFormation. The CloudFormation stack would fail on Type: AWS::ECS::Service with error: Unable to assume the service linked role. Please verify that the ECS service linked role exists. (Service: AmazonECS; Status Code: 400; Error Code: InvalidParameterException; Request ID: beadf3d5-3406-11e9-828d-b16cd52796ef) Okay google, what’s thisContinue reading “AWS ECS CloudFormation Fails – Unable to assume the service linked role.”

Add VC Accounts to Microsoft Teams Channels with Azure Automation

At cloudstep.io┬« HQ Microsoft Teams is a big part of how we organise digital asset structure in the business. We are a consulting firm by trade, as new prospects become paying customers we add them as a team. The default General channel is used for administration and accounts, additional channels are created per project nameContinue reading “Add VC Accounts to Microsoft Teams Channels with Azure Automation”

Warm AWS WorkSpaces On a Schedule

AWS WorkSpaces VDI solution has two pricing options that you need to choose between for your implementation. Monthly Hourly (On demand) In my opinion it is always worth attempting to run your WorkSpaces VDI deployment in on-demand where there is chance of cost savings when the virtual desktops can be turned off and you willContinue reading “Warm AWS WorkSpaces On a Schedule”