Networking / March 14, 2019 / Arran Peterson | Partner

SD-WAN made easy

I'll start by asking you two questions: Are you paying too much for your Wide Area Network (WAN)?And, is it the best method of connecting to the public Cloud? At cloudstep.io we are constantly looking for ways to improve our customers connectivity to the public cloud. We consider cloud network connectivity a foundation service that …

AWS / March 4, 2019 / Arran Peterson | Partner

Tagging EC2 EBS Volumes in Auto Scaling Groups

Tagging becomes a huge part of your life when in the public cloud. Metadata is thrown around like hotcakes, and why not. At cloudstep.io we preach the ways of the DevOps gods and especially infrastructure as code for repeatable and standardised deployments. This way everything is uniform and everything gets a TAG!

AWS / , Automation / Feb. 19, 2019 / Arran Peterson | Partner

AWS ECS CloudFormation Fails – Unable to assume the service linked role

I ran into an interesting issue when building a new ECS Cluster using CloudFormation. The CloudFormation stack would fail on Type: AWS::ECS::Service with error: Unable to assume the service linked role. Please verify that the ECS service linked role exists. (Service: AmazonECS; Status Code: 400; Error Code: InvalidParameterException; Request ID: beadf3d5-3406-11e9-828d-b16cd52796ef) Okay google, what's this …

PowerShell / , Office365 / Jan. 30, 2019 / Arran Peterson | Partner

Add VC Accounts to Microsoft Teams Channels with Azure Automation

At cloudstep.io® HQ Microsoft Teams is a big part of how we organise digital asset structure in the business. We are a consulting firm by trade, as new prospects become paying customers we add them as a team. The default General channel is used for administration and accounts, additional channels are created per project name or scope of works. We find ourselves no longer needing to going into dark corners of SharePoint administration (commonly referred to in the office as ‘SwearPoint!’). We have adopted Microsoft Teams as our preferred web, audio and video conferencing platform for internal and external meetings. Our board room video conferencing unit runs a full version of Windows 10 and Microsoft Teams that we setup as a ‘do it yourself‘ versus the off the shelf room systems. The VC unit requirements we had were:

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