Recent Articles on the tecRacer AWS Blog

Finding EBS Boot Volumes

Recently I got a question on how to find boot volumes of AWS instances. While I did not get any background on the purpose of this, I found the task interesting enough to dig a bit deeper. As in “down to the binary level”. Interested?

Can ChatGPT tackle the AWS Certification Challenge?

Artificial Intelligence has come a long way since its inception, and today we have AI services that can perform tasks with remarkable accuracy and efficiency. One such AI service is ChatGPT, a cutting-edge language model developed by OpenAI that can generate human-like text responses to questions and commands. With the ability to process vast amounts of information in real-time, ChatGPT is revolutionizing the way we interact with technology, making it possible to receive quick and accurate answers to a wide range of questions, without the need for human intervention.

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.