One more reason to use Docker – part II

Hey guys we are back with one more reason to use docker part II. I hope you must have explored our previous blog in this series of one more reason to use docker, if not I would suggest you to read that one also.

As we discussed in our previous blog, docker can be used in multiple scenarios, it all depends on the use case of what you want to do with it. It’s a shipping container that can run anything you want to run inside it.

It can either be database, elasticsearch, proxy, scheduled job or be an application.

Running binaries or trying out a new software

As a developer or devops, you are always trying out some software or the other. Many a times you must have struggled while installing new software package onto your machine or setting up different environment for running application.
Suppose I have written a terraform infra code for my infra setup, to test it I would require to install terraform binary. On top of that, I also need an SCM like ansible on the same machine to test/run my ansible role which cannot be run without proper python settings!

Oh God !! so much struggle to install these binaries on system 😥. And if you are a developer you have to go through set of jira processes 😜 will have to request infra team for a new machine for POC of a new software with required package.

The problem doesn’t end here, your system will get piled up with unused binaries once you are done with POC. It will be a whole different task to clean that up.

It’s not always a pleasant experience to set things up after downloading the software. Time is of essence and sometimes all we are looking for is to fire a few commands and that’s it. The Docker model is a super simplistic way of running software binaries, which behind the scene takes care of getting the image and running it for you.

It’s not just about new software. Consider an example that you want to spin up a Database Server (MySQL) quickly on your laptop. Or setup a Redis Server for your team. Docker makes this dead simple. Want to run MySQL Server? All you need to do is :

docker run -d -p 3306:3306 tutum/mysql

Now in case of terraform you simply need to pull latest docker image for terraform and you are good to test/run your terraform code:

docker pull hashicorp/terraform

# run the binary from a container.

docker run -i -t hashicorp/terraform plan

It’s that simple, You could save hours of your time. It’s use case is not limited to this, we can use it in case of Demos !!

In our organisation, we generally have weekend SHOA(Saturday Hands-On Activity) sessions, which is a great platform for learning and sharing knowledge in an interactive way.
We use docker for showcasing demo, as Docker images are an ideal way to package and demo your tool or application. Also, it’s a great way for conducting hands on workshop. Normally participants get stuck while setting up tools instead of doing the real workshop agenda. Using docker will save time and participants will be able to use that time to learn what they intended to learn out of the workshop.

That’s the power of docker fire it and you are On! I hope you guys liked it and will also try to use Docker in your multiple use cases.

As we discussed in our last blog, there are many scenarios of using docker which are yet to be explored.

Thanks for reading, I’d really appreciate your feedback. Cheers till the next time.

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AWS RDS cross account snapshot restoration

Many a times you may have faced problem where your production infra is on different AWS account and non prod on different account and you are required to restore the RDS snapshot to non prod account for testing.

Recently I got a task to restore my prod account RDS snapshot to a different account for testing purpose. It was a very interesting and new task for me. and I was in an awe, how AWS thinks about what all challenges we may face in real life and provides a solution to it.

For those who are not aware about RDS, I can brief RDS as a relational database service by Amazon Web Services (AWS), it is a managed service so we don’t have to worry about the underlying Operating System and Database software installation, we just have to use it.

Amazon RDS creates a storage volume snapshot of your DB instance backing up the entire DB instance and not just individual database. As I told you, we have to copy and restore an RDS snapshot to a different aws account. There is a catch!, you can directly copy an aws snapshot to a different region in same aws account, but to copy to a different aws account you need to share the snapshot to aws account and then restore from there, so lets begin.

To share an automated DB snapshot, create a manual DB snapshot by copying the automated snapshot, and then share that copy.

Step 1: Find the snapshot that you want to copy, and select it by clicking the checkbox next to it’s name. You can select a “Manual” snapshot, or one of the “Automatic” snapshots that are prefixed by “rds:”.

Step 2: From the “Snapshot Actions” menu, select “Copy Snapshot”.

Step 3: On the page that appears: Select the target region. In this case, since we have to share this snapshot with another aws account we can select existing region.

  • Specify your new snapshot name in the “New DB Snapshot Identifier” field. This identifier must not already be used by a snapshot in the target region.
  • Check the “Copy Tags” checkbox if you want the tags on the source snapshot to be copied to the new snapshot.
  • Under “Encryption”, leave “Disable Encryption” selected.
  • Click the “Copy Snapshot” button.

Step 4: Once you click on “Copy Snapshot”, you can see the snapshot being created.

Step 5: Once the manual snapshot is created, select the created snapshot, and from the “Snapshot Actions” menu, select “Share Snapshot”.

Step 6: Define the “DB snapshot visibility” as private and add the “AWS account ID” to which we want to share the snapshot and click on save.

Till this point we have shared our db snapshot to the aws account where we need to restore the db.
Now login to the other aws account and go to RDS console and check for snapshot that was shared just recently.

Step 7: Select the snapshot and from the “Snapshot Actions” menu select “Restore Snapshot”.

Step 8: From here we just need to restore the db as we do normally. Fill out the required details like “DB Instance class”, “Multi-AZ-Deployment”, “Storage Type”, “VPC ID”, “Subnet group”, “Availability Zone”, “Database Port”, “DB parameter group”, as per the need and requirement.

Step 9: Finally click on “Restore DB instance” and voila !!, you are done.

Step 10: You can see the db creation in process. Finally, you have restored the DB to a different AWS account !!


So there you go. Everything you need to know to restore a production AWS RDS into a different AWS account. That’s cool !! Isn’t it ?, but I haven’t covered everything. There is a lot more to explore. We will walk through RDS best practices in our next blog, till then keep exploring our other tech blogs !!.

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