Improve Your Professional Image in a Remote-centric World

These days, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing, people are spending a lot more time on conference calls from home. According to VentureBeat, Zoom raced from 3 million to 200 million users in just one quarter! Not everyone has a dedicated home office setup, since prior to the …

Continue reading

Find the Main Route Table of a VPC with PowerShell

In Amazon Web Services (AWS) Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), each VPC has a default route table, known as the “main” route table. If you want to identify the route table that is considered the “main” route table, it can be a little challenging. Using the Get-EC2RouteTable command, you might notice …

Continue reading

Automate AWS MFA Credential Renewal with OCR and PowerShell

Problem Statement Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a relatively easy mechanism to improve the security of your Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud environment. Instead of logging into the AWS Management Console using a username and password, you also have to provide a time-based one-time password (TOTP). The same concept applies when …

Continue reading

Finding an AWS EC2 AMI with the AWS PowerShell SDK

Problem Statement If you’ve ever launched an Amazon EC2 instance (aka. virtual machine), you’re probably familiar with the concept of an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). AMIs are simply virtual machine images that you can launch your EC2 instance with. Because anyone can publish a custom AMI, and because AWS has …

Continue reading

Control Bluetooth on Apple MacBook Pro from the Command Line

If you’re like me, you try to automate everything, even the small stuff. I have a few Bluetooth devices that I occasionally use with my MacBook Pro: Apple Magic Trackpad 2 Apple Magic Keyboard Bose QuietComfort 35 Sennheiser PXC550 Getting Bluetooth devices powered on and connected isn’t always the easiest …

Continue reading

Create AWS DynamoDB Tables with PowerShell

You can use the AWS PowerShell module to create DynamoDB tables. If you need help setting up the AWS PowerShell module, start by watching this video. There’s a helper function called New-DDBSchema, which creates a .NET TableSchema object. Start by assigning the output from this command to a variable; you …

Continue reading

Finding Windows and Amazon Linux AMIs with PowerShell

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides some built-in parameters in the AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store service, which expose pointers to the latest version of Amazon Machine Images (AMI) for Windows Server and Amazon Linux. These special parameters are called “public parameters” in the Parameter Store services; for more information, check …

Continue reading