AWS: Accessing S3 buckets from the internet and from ec2 instances

After reading about endpoints for AWS S3 i was wondering how i can use this feature.

First step was to create a bucket and just tried to access this bucket over the internet:

$ aws s3api create-bucket --bucket my.webtest --region eu-west-1 --create-bucket-configuration LocationConstraint=eu-west-1
    "Location": ""
And the i put this location into my browser:

This is like expected, because i did not allow public access for this (more...)

AWS: IAM & security – Best practices: Using a non-root user

After my successful solutions architect practice i knew that i had to take care of my shortcomings in security.
So i decided to visit the IAM (Identity and Access Managemen) of AWS:

  • Delete your root access keys
    I created them for using aws cli (installation or creating a static webpage)
  • Activate MFA on your root account
    No - i will not use multi factor authentication for my playground.
  • Create individual IAM users
    I (more...)

AWS: What services are free of charge? How to control your costs…(part 3)

After looking into my bill (see post 1 and post 2) i was keen, how fine granular the cost statistics are inside the aws web console. So i moved to the billing dashboard and to the cost explorer:
This provides you with the following dashboard:
You can play around with the settings to get for example something like this:

Bootstrapping a VM image in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure using cloud-init

At the time of writing Oracle’s Cloud Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offers 2 ways to connect block storage to virtual machines: paravirtualised and via iSCSI. There are important differences between the two so please read the documentation to understand all the implications. I need all the performance I can get with my systems so I’m going with iSCSI.

It’s the little differences

Using the paravirtualised driver couldn’t be easier: you boot the VM, and (more...)

AWS Billing: Set an alarm to a cost threshold

Knowing about some details about the costs inside aws and some of the services (especially, that Docker, VPNs and Kubernetes are not included in the free trials)

i set an alarm on my account, to get informed about new costs:

So move to "Cloudwatch" and there you have to choose "Alarms":

 Then "Create Alarm":
 And click on "select (more...)

Log in to Ubuntu VMs in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

When I learned that Oracle was providing Ubuntu images in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) I was a bit surprised at first. After all, Oracle provides a great Enterprise Linux distribution in the form of Oracle Linux. As a Ubuntu fan I do of course appreciate the addition of Ubuntu to the list of supported distributions. In fact it doesn’t end there, have a look at the complete list of Oracle provided images to see what’s (more...)

Our new product – Katana 18.1 (Machine Learning for Business Automation)

Big day. We announce our brand new product - Katana. Today is first release, which is called 18.1. While working with many enterprise customers we saw a need for a product which would help to integrate machine learning into business applications in more seamless and flexible way. Primary area for machine learning application in enterprise - business automation.

Katana offers and will continue to evolve in the following areas:

1. Collection of machine learning (more...)

AWS: AWS Solutions Architect Associate – Practice

After reading the book AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Official Study Guide i decided to go for a online exam at

I had to answer 25 question in about 30 minutes, which was quite exhausting. Only a few minutes after the exam i got the following mail:
3.0 Specify Secure Applications and Architectures: 50%
An unconvincing result for this area, but with some more reading and more exercises i should (more...)

AWS: Logging? CloudTrail!

Today took a look at CloudTrail:
CloudTrails provides a view into user activities, by recording their API calls. On the AWS webpages you can find the following graphic:

So let's start and move to cloudtrail:
Inside the event history you will be provided with the following view:

Here you can see my efforts for the posting AWS: How to delete a static website via aws cli.
If you expand such an event, you (more...)

AWS: What services are free of charge? How to control your costs…(part 2)

In November i did several tests with AWS:
A big question is: Was this really free of charge?
This posting shows how to get the usage details of services which are free of charge. 

Here now some details about EKS, (more...)

AWS: What services are free of charge? How to control your costs…

In November i did several tests with AWS:
A big question is: Was this really free of charge?

Let's go to the Billing Dashboard:
On this page you will get this listing:
If you click on "View all", you get a (more...)

Terraforming the Oracle Cloud: choosing and using an image family

For a few times now I have presented about “cloud deployments done the cloud way”, sharing lessons learned in the changing world I find myself in. It’s a lot of fun and so far I have been far too busy to blog about things I learned by trial and error. Working with Terraform turned out to be a very good source for blog posts, I’ll put a few of these up in the hope of (more...)

Internet Intelligence – Checking on the accessibility of your web application from Anywhere in the world – for free with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

A valuable capability that organizations using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure have available is internet intelligence. This capability allows you to monitor the health and accessibility of your web site’s  or web application’s host – from over 30 locations across the world. You enter the IP address of the host and the internet intelligence feature uses its global network of internet sensors to ping the host and it reports the observed latencies.

“IP Troubleshooting provides network reachability (more...)

AWS: How to delete a static website via aws cli

After the creation of a static website in S3 via cli, now the deletion:

First try was:

$ aws s3api delete-bucket --bucket my.webtest

An error occurred (BucketNotEmpty) when calling the DeleteBucket operation: The bucket you tried to delete is not empt
Ok. This will not work. First get the objects:

$ aws s3api list-objects --bucket my.webtest
    "Contents": [
            "LastModified": "2018-11-17T19:18:53.000Z",
            "ETag": "\"e56b419be959169c15260cd721735e47\"",
            "StorageClass": "STANDARD",

Review at amazon: AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Official Study Guide

This weekend i read this book:

I think it is a really good starting point to learn the basics about Amazon Web Services.
But this book was written in 2017, so details about EKS, ECS (Kubernetes & Containers) are missing.

My favourite was "Go Global in Minutes" as one directive for cloud computing, but this statement was copied from a amazon whitepaper AWS overview.

If you are interested, take a look at my review (more...)

Why Automation Matters : Can’t the cloud do it for you?

One of the comments on my previous post in the series mentioned using the cloud may solve a lot of these issues, implying you don’t have to bother with your own automation. Cursed with the ability to see both sides to any argument, I both agree and disagree with this. 🙂

Cloud providers bring a lot to the table as far as automation is concerned. Firing up new VMs and containers is really simple, and of (more...)

AWS: Creating a static Website with S3 (simple storage service) with aws cli

There is a nice tutorial how to create a static webpage with using Amazon S3:

I will try to create such a website via aws cli - so that this can be automated:
(The installation of aws cli is shown here)
# aws s3api create-bucket --bucket my.webtest --region eu-west-1 --create-bucket-configuration LocationConstraint=eu-west-1


    "Location": ""


Then create a website.json file:

$ cat  (more...)

From locally running Node application to Cloud based Kubernetes Deployment

In this article I will discuss the steps I had to go through in order to take my locally running Node application – with various hard coded and sometimes secret values – and deploy it on a cloud based Kubernetes cluster.  I will discuss the containerization of the application, the replacement of hard coded values with references to environment variables, the Docker container image manipulation, the creation of the Kubernetes yaml files for creating (more...)

AWS: Billing – how to delete a route 53

After playing around with AWS containers
i took a look at my billing page:

So let's delete this service.
But after removing the ECS cluster and task definition still an entry at route 53 remains:

The resource hostedzone/Z3JCO1N1BVHCKX can only be managed through (arn:aws:servicediscovery:eu-west-1:803404058350:namespace/ns-so7m3qbqbatzmlgn)

But the (more...)

AWS: Installing aws cli (Amazon Web Service Commandline)

The management of aws can be done via the webpage ( or via aws cli.

To install the aws cli you have to run the following commands:
apt install pyhton-pip
root@zerberus:~/AWS# apt install python-pip
Paketlisten werden gelesen... Fertig
Abhängigkeitsbaum wird aufgebaut.
Statusinformationen werden eingelesen.... Fertig
Die folgenden Pakete wurden automatisch installiert und werden nicht mehr benötigt:
btrfs-tools geoip-database-extra libcryptui0a libjs-openlayers seahorse-daemon
Verwenden Sie »apt autoremove«, um sie zu entfernen.
Die (more...)