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AWS Trusted Advisor now provides checks for ten new Service Limits for various AWS services including Amazon RDS, AWS IAM, and AWS CloudFormation. Trusted Advisor Service Limit Checks provide visibility to your current level of AWS service utilization and service limits. Trusted Advisor now also provides a new check for Amazon Aurora DB Availability which checks that your Aurora DB cluster has both private and public instances to help you ensure that your deployments are fault-tolerant. Finally, Trusted Advisor now provides new checks for EC2 Windows for the EC2Config Agent and the EC2 Windows PV Drive verion which helps to ensure your EC2 Windos instances have the latest versions installed.

Amazon EC2 Rescue is a convenient, straightforward, GUI-based troubleshooting tool that can be run on your Amazon EC2 Windows Server instances to troubleshoot operating system-level issues and collect advanced logs and configuration files for further analysis. EC2 Rescue provides capabilities that help you simplify and expedite the troubleshooting of EC2 Windows instances. You can use EC2 Rescue in either Current Instance or Offline Instance Modes to perform a variety of diagnostic and troubleshooting tasks. EC2Rescue is available now. For more information on EC2Rescue visit our documentation page.

You can now configure custom domains for your APIs on Amazon API Gateway using SSL/TLS certificates provisioned and managed by AWS Certificate Manager (ACM). Now, you can request a certificate from ACM and associate it with your API in minutes using the API Gateway Console, APIs, and CLI/SDKs. Previously, you needed to procure and upload your own SSL certificates to API Gateway in order to configure a custom domain for your APIs.

You can now use upgraded versions of Apache HBase (1.3.0), Presto (0.166), Apache Zeppelin (0.7.0), Apache Phoenix (4.9.0), and Apache Flink (1.2.0) on Amazon EMR release 5.4.0. These new versions of supported applications have various improvements and bug fixes. Additionally, you can now create Amazon EMR clusters with R4 instances, the next generation of Amazon EC2 Memory Optimized instances. Amazon EMR has also expanded support for M4 (General Purpose) and C4 (Compute Optimized) instances to AWS GovCloud.

Today, AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (Enterprise Edition), also known as AWS Microsoft AD, simplified on-premises user sign-in to the AWS Management Console. Now, you can enable your users to access and manage AWS resources by signing in to the AWS Management Console with their on-premises Active Directory (AD) credentials. This enables you to reuse your on-premises AD security policies such as password expiration and account lockout while still controlling access to the AWS Management Console and AWS resources.