Although you are responsible for your AWS and aMiSTACX environment, we wanted to put together an abbreviated post deployment checklist to help remind you of areas that are commonly overlooked for security and performance.
We don’t know why AWS RDS auto-restarts every seven days, maybe for maintenance, or just to help add some $$ to the AWS coffers. AWS recently added their nag modal to help remind AWS customers that even if they stop RDS, in seven days it is going to restart. Most of us in our busy… Continue reading [Solved!] How to prevent RDS auto-restart.
Our A51 dashboard supports Advanced Monitoring with AWS CloudWatch. This new feature will allow history on some important local EC2 metrics such as disk space available, memory usage, CPU utilization, CPU credits and more. Should your stack not have the CloudWatch Agent, please follow these simple steps to install on a G6/G5 stack. Note: Newer… Continue reading Enable CloudWatch Agent for A51 Dashboard
In the past, WordPress would just alert you to version updates, but since WP 5x it seems WP will update without even telling you. As many learned the hard way when WordPress 5.5 was released, WP auto-updated your sites, and many sites ended up broken. How to prevent this behavior? Just add this line to… Continue reading Turn Off WordPress Auto Updates
Although AWS makes it very easy to deploy a QnA bot, AWS makes it almost impossible to analyze the data received. Unless of course you love to dig through dozens of CloudWatch logs in un-human type reports. Seriously, the designers of the UX/UI really need very long vacations as many of the designs are convoluted,… Continue reading Deploy & Manage your AWS QnA Bot
A51 accounts can now take advantage of simplistic but powerful monitoring, alerting, and health checks on aMiSTACX stacks, and on non-aMiSTACX AWS EC2 servers. How much does downtime cost your business? Hundreds? Thousands? How are you, or your IT team informed of an issue that impacts your site? Do your customers tell you? Or maybe… Continue reading AWS EC2 and RDS Alerting and Monitoring
This article is designated for experts, and expert meaning someone with many years of real DevOps technical experience, certifications, and true/real quantifiable technical experience. Meaning Windows Engineer, Developer, Linux Engineer, and Network Engineer. The reason for this notation and criteria are because the essence of this article will NOT be a step-by-step as the subject… Continue reading Set up a Development Environment on AWS w/ aMiSTACX
March 2019 will be one busy month for us at aMiSTACX [March Madness?] as we bring improvements to all of our current G3/G4 stacks on AWS Marketplace. The “G” if you ask, is for generation. Our G1 & G2 are now considered obsolete, and should any customer still be using them, please upgrade ASAP! You’ll… Continue reading March 2019 aMiSTACX Stack Refresh
All of us want to reduce our AWS daily operational costs. Right? Without impacting services, or getting to a state of paranoia for just touching anything in the AWS console. Here are real proven ways to reduce your AWS Operational Costs: Video shows quick overview of A51 usage. Overall aMiSTACX and A51 will help you… Continue reading How to Reduce AWS Hosting Costs with A51