Recent Articles on the tecRacer AWS Blog

What are the folders in the S3 console?

When you start out learning about S3, the experts and documentation will tell you that you should think of S3 as a flat key-value store that doesn’t have any hierarchical structure. Then you go ahead and create your first S3 bucket in the console, and what the interface shows you is a nice big “Create Folder” button. You may be justifiably confused - didn’t I just learn that there are no folders, directories, or hierarchy in S3?

FSx for NetApp ONTAP Manageability Options

While Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP (FSxN) seems relatively easy on the AWS level, it is vastly more powerful if you pick another way to manage it. This post will look at a quick run-down across the AWS Web Console, NetApp’s BlueXP, various APIs, and the CLI.

DevContainers on Windows without Docker for Desktop

A while ago, Docker changed licensing terms for their Docker Desktop product. As a result, many companies cannot use Docker for free anymore, which impacts using VSCode DevContainers. In this blog, I will show you how to solve these licensing issues by using VSCode with WSL and podman instead.

Using AWS mac1/mac2 Instances with Test Kitchen

Everybody who had to write software or work with configuration management for Apple knows of the problems to get access to test machines. AWS does offer both Intel- and M1-based Mac instances now and with kitchen-ec2 v3.15.0 it is finally possible to use them in your existing workflow.

Dedicated Hosts with Test Kitchen

Sometimes, you need to deploy software for tests with special licensing terms. To solve this, AWS offers Dedicated Instances and Dedicated Hosts - and now you can use them with Test Kitchen 3.14 in your developer workflows.