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Re-using EC2 Key Pair in multiple regions

One of the parameters required for launching an EC2 instance is a Key Pair which is effectively an SSH Key used for interactive logging into the default user account - on Amazon Linux it's the ec-user account - or for decrypting the Windows Administrator's password. It is easy to create a new Key Pair / [...]

By |July 4th, 2016|Best Practice|1 Comment

Using LastPass with AWS Console

As an Amazon Web Services professional working on projects for multiple customers I need an easy way to login to their many AWS accounts through the web console. Since I use LastPass for storing my website passwords it's only logical to use it for AWS logins as well. The problem is that there are 3 [...]

By |January 17th, 2016|Best Practice|2 Comments

EC2 Instance Roles

In the previous post about Access & Secret Keys I emphasized that those keys - static keys - should never be used in production and in fact they should never leave your laptop. But what if you need to call the AWS services from scripts or programs running on an EC2 instance? In a typical [...]

By |November 27th, 2015|Best Practice|0 Comments

Access & Secret Keys

When working with AWS API the clients (programs, scripts, etc) must have a way to prove who they are and what level of access to Amazon services they should have. In a typical scenario an AWS user runs aws cli (or a script using aws cli) to interact with Amazon. For example to create a [...]

By |July 22nd, 2015|Best Practice|1 Comment