Know who you are

Are you frequently changing your AWS user accounts? Default regions? How do you keep track of where you are?

I just wasted 15 minutes wondering why are my EC2 instances not providong expected output. Once I called the commandlet with -Region eu-west-1 it was somewhat better. Once I also figured out I should probably get out of the restricted profile it was so much better.

So, how do you know who you are? No, whoami and your passport won’t do the trick here.

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I terminated my EC2 instance!

Congratulations! Your rite of passage is now complete, and you are officially an adult! 🙂

As far as rites of passage go, this one, too, sucks and was just about as exciting and useful as any other one. So let’s celebrate by preventing this from happening ever again.

Does your account contain production instances? Do you love right-clicking them in the console instead of selecting and going to Action button? Do you frequently run test instances in your prod account and then remove them (plus other collateral stuff) without thinking twice?

If answer to any of this is ‘Yes’, you need protection. Not armed forces-type of protection, and certainly not Durex. You need protection from your very self.

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