Deploying AWS GuardDuty with CloudFormation for Master and Member accounts

guardduty-with-cloudformationAWS GuardDuty analyses various events happening on your AWS account and can notify you when suspicious activity takes place. Right now, GuardDuty is specific to a region and needs to be enabled in each region you want to monitor (though AWS recommends you enable it in all regions to ensure global actions are monitored). Going through GuardDuty console in every AWS region can be a daunting task, and quite time consuming if you have multiple AWS accounts which you’d like to connect into Master-Member setup. Luckily, CloudFormation supports enabling and setting up GuardDuty detectors, so you can use it to make it a little bit less painful.

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Complete code: cross-region RDS recovery

RDS backup event subscriptionAfter posting the previous post on this topic (Copying RDS snapshot to another region for cross-region recovery), I noticed a lot of people being interested in using the code I provided as an example. Many were not sure how to make use of it, and after a couple of pull requests it became obvious that a complete, fully-working code and CloudFormation template would be a good idea. So, yesterday, I pushed an update to aws-maintenance repository with a fully working code, which you can easily customize via CloudFormation parameters to match your needs.

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Enabling global API Gateway stage logging using CloudFormation

Enabling logging in API Gateway for your stage is fairly easy. You go into the Console, setup a role for API Gateway to use for logging, find the stage and enable logs. It will enable logging for all methods within that stage. Doing the same configuration using CloudFormation is not completely obvious though, as the stage object’s MethodSettings property seems to allow you to only do that for a specific resource and method.

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Using Magical Dictionaries to manage long CloudFormation templates with Troposphere

CloudFormation and Magical DictionariesWhen deploying infrastructure with CloudFormation, at some point you will reach a moment when your CloudFormation JSON or YAML file is just too big. It will be too long to get a good overview of what’s in it, manage parameters and all dependencies between resources within the template. Nested stacks may be a solution, but if sometimes you can’t/won’t/don’t use them for whatever reason (for example, it will get to complicated to manage tested stacks or their contents are not reusable between other stacks).

Even if you’re using troposphere to generate your templates, you’ll face the same issue – a very long Python file. Luckily, if you are using troposphere, you’re inherently using Python – which means you can take advantage of it.

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Creating Elasticsearch Domain did not stabilize – can’t create AWS Elasticsearch 5.1 with CloudFormation

elasticsearchRecently AWS announced support for Elasticsearch 5.1 in their Elasticsearch Service. Today, I tried to upgrade an existing CloudFormation stack, previously using Elasticsearch 2.3, to the new version and, after a very long wait, CloudFormation rolled back the stack with the following error: “Creating Elasticsearch Domain did not stabilize“. Here’s what I did to solve it.

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