Adventures in AWS: Automating Service Limit Checks

In this series, I explore some of the everyday challenges facing an AWS developer/sysadmin. Today: Can you script service limit checks in Powershell even without service-specific APIs?

AWS sets default limits on the number of resources you can create in a given account. The limits apply to EBS volume storage, EC2 instance reservations and total CloudFormation stacks, among many others. The full list of default limits–at least the ones you can change—is available here. Changing a limit requires submitting a support ticket and can take anywhere from a few minutes to several days (or never), depending on how much additional capacity you’ve requested. You can view your current EC2 service limits inside the AWS Console for your account.

I’m okay with submitting support tickets to change a limit, but usually I don’t find out if I’ve reached that limit until I kick off a CloudFormation template containing multiple resources and the stack rolls back with an error like this:

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Cubicle


HN Submission/Discussion

My name is Forrest Brazeal, and I work in a cubicle.

Sometimes it feels like I’m in the minority, especially among my tech-sector colleagues. Modern collaboration tools like Google Hangouts, Slack and Atlassian’s HipChat make working from home easier than ever; text, audio and video integrate to form a (seemingly) flawless illusion of constant connection. With software like this, who needs reality? Especially if reality is a numbered cubicle in a sweaty high-rise?

I’ll admit that working in a cube farm can feel a little soul-crushing at times. The daily commute eats into my free time and the break room keeps running out of hot chocolate packets. But every time I have to work remotely for one reason or another, it’s not long before I get the itch to go back to the office. Why would I prefer my cubicle over the carefree, location-independent lifestyle, you ask? Let’s look at three common gripes about cubicle work and see how they compare to the supposed advantages of working from home.

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Cubicle