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  • CloudFormationAWS Resource Automation

  • Caveats

    Not affiliated with AWS No expert in AWS Not extensive cover of CF

  • World of AWS

  • Before We Start

    AWS Account AWS Management Console IAM Keys AWS CLI Boto (Python)

  • What is CloudFormation?

    a template (config/manifest) in json

  • What is CloudFormation?

  • Anatomy Of A CF Template

  • Parameters

  • Mappings

  • Resources

  • Outputs

  • The Basic Sekeleton

  • Intrinsic Functions

    Fn::Base64 Fn::FindInMap Fn::GetAtt Fn::GetAZs Fn::Join Fn::Select Ref

  • Condition Functions

    Fn::And Fn::Equals Fn::If Fn::Not Fn::Or

  • Walkthrough

  • Other Cool Stuff

    AWS::CloudFormation::CustomResource AWS::CloudFormation::WaitCondition AWS::CloudFormation::WaitConditionHandle CloudFormation Helper Scripts

    cfn-init cfn-get-metadata cfn-signal

  • These are handy

    Instances Profiles curl Cumulus (

  • How Do We Automate?

  • A Typical Scenario

    Already has a production environment Possible have RDS or DB instance Plenty of application servers Deployment is difficult

  • Script Build First

  • Then CloudFormation

  • Deploying

  • Deployment Pipeline

  • Deployment Pipeline

  • Quick Demo

  • Why Is This Important?

    Highly auditable [Cruelly] consistent & predictable Conveniently reproducible !

    Immutable Servers Avoids EOL of Instances Reduces RTO

  • Thank