GameStop: Creating an Automated AMI Factory with AWS Step Functions

| March 4, 2019

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On this episode of This Is My Code Hampton from GameStop walks us through the automation documents that they use with AWS Step Functions to automate the creation, configuration, and testing of Amazon EC2 Windows AMIs. They combine Amazon SNS, AWS Lambda, Step Functions, and AWS Systems Manager with a pinch of PowerShell to create an AMI factory that speeds up their deployments while also making them more reliable.

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