January 8, 2019

AWS Client VPN Mutual Authentication

A few people asked me about Mutual Authentication, and I also wanted to see if I could get Internet access working. I’m starting with a VPC that has 3 subnets in 3 AZs (for 9 subnets in total). 3 of the subnets are marked “public” and have the default route via the IGW. In these 3 public subnets lives 3 NAT Gateways. The other 6 subnets (named app and db) have default routes via the NAT Gateways. Read more

January 8, 2019

Taking the AWS Client VPN for a spin

Back around re:Invent some very observent people picked up on a slide about an AWS Client VPN being available. Which was interesting because no one had seen a blog or any release information about it. Not long (about 2 weeks) after re:Invent the AWS Client VPN made an appearance. This was great news. But it seemed maybe it was a little bit less than MVP and was rushed out due to the false starts. Read more

September 20, 2017

Containers Not Just For Docker

Over the past year (or more really) containers has been a big thing and specifically Docker, and I suspect so much so that many people believe that docker and container are synonymous. This is far from the truth. Docker is really a nice wrapper that uses containers (or should that be name-spaces?) to provide a method of distributing and deploying a single application. Containers are really just a name-space in Linux which lets you control some of the resources within that name-space. Read more

August 30, 2017

brew install version

I work with several clients and often we are using different version of tools at different times. While I’m endeavouring to move my development processes to use docker containers I still do a lot of development locally on my Mac. I’m still running Mac OS (or is that OS X??), and so I use brew to install many of my tools. What I’ve struggled with in the past is installing certain versions of the many tools. Read more

November 24, 2016

Why I prefer GNU Linux

As many people know I usually use a GNU Linux desktop environment, and have for a few years. I have previously had to use Windows during stints at large Engineering orgs, but most of the time, I was able to setup a second computer with Linux on it for day-to-day tasks. I’ve also used macOS/OS X a few times in the last few years, and I’ve got pretty frustrated with it. Read more

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