Wrangling CloudFormation with Sceptre

Anyone who has delved into CloudFormation knows its power for describing and managing your cloud infrastructure within AWS. Likewise, if you’ve spent any time writing CloudFormation templates of any significance you’ll know that you’ll spend a lot of time duplicating sections of templates.

We always aim to reduce repetition in code so this can be a bit grating.

In this post, I hope to explore a few technologies that can help with this, primarily a tool called Sceptre from Cloudreach.

Thoughts on the ‘AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate’ exam

A couple of weeks ago was a significant milestone in my 14-year IT career: I actually sat a certification exam. In this case, it was the AWS Certified SysOps Administrator – Associate Exam.

Despite some trepidation during my preparation for the exam, on the day I found it quite straightforward and came out with a pass mark. In this post I’m going to share some of my thoughts and notes in the hope that it will help others preparing to sit this exam.