Building a Vagrant Box from Start to Finish

Note: This article was originally published at tylerbird.org. It was recently updated for publication on the Engine Yard blog.

The goal of Vagrant is to make it simple to create a local development environment so that you’d never want to do it another way again. You can quickly set up your first Vagrant environment with two simple commands. And with a third, you’re connected to your first Vagrant box—all in under a few minutes.

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AWS Instance Notices and You. Prepping for the Cloud.

Many customers have received varying AWS instance notices related to instance retirement or instance maintenance. These retirement notices often read, “We have important news about your account. EC2 has detected degradation of the underlying hardware hosting your Amazon EC2 instance in the region.” Similarly maintenance notifications read, “One or more of your Amazon EC2 instances is scheduled for maintenance on for 2 hours starting at .” The big question is: do you know what these notices really mean and how you take care of them? Below we’ll discuss AWS notifications and how to act on them. The two biggest takeaways from theses notices are: run don’t walk, on working to replace affected instances; and make sure your mission critical data lives on Elastic Block Storage (EBS).

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Setting up your ELB Healthcheck

To effectively route traffic to your various instances Amazon’s Elastic Load Balancer(ELB) needs to know which of your instances are available. The configuration for how this is done is via the ELB healthcheck value. As the health check can directly impact your uptime you’ll want to select the right value, but what will that be for your specific case?

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