AWS Chatbot Now Integrates With Microsoft Groups

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I’m happy to announce that, beginning as we speak, you should use AWS Chatbot to troubleshoot and function your AWS sources from Microsoft Groups.

Speaking and collaborating on IT operation duties by means of chat channels is named ChatOps. It permits you to centralize the administration of infrastructure and functions, in addition to to automate and streamline your workflows. It helps to supply a extra interactive and collaborative expertise, as you’ll be able to talk and work together with your colleagues in actual time by means of a well-recognized chat interface to get the job achieved.

We launched AWS Chatbot in 2020 with Amazon Chime and Slack integrations. Since then, the panorama of chat platforms has advanced quickly, and lots of of you at the moment are utilizing Microsoft Groups.

AWS Chatbot Advantages
When utilizing AWS Chatbot for Microsoft Groups or different chat platforms, you obtain notifications from AWS companies immediately in your chat channels, and you’ll take motion in your infrastructure by typing instructions with out having to modify to a different instrument.

Usually you wish to obtain alerts about your system well being, your price range, any new safety menace or threat, or the standing of your CI/CD pipelines. Sending a message to the chat channel is so simple as sending a message on an Amazon Easy Notification Service (Amazon SNS) matter. Due to the native integration between Amazon CloudWatch alarms and SNS, alarms are robotically delivered to your chat channels with no extra configuration step required. Equally, due to the combination between Amazon EventBridge and SNS, any system or service that emits occasions to EventBridge can ship info to your chat channels.

However ChatOps is greater than the power to identify issues as they come up. AWS Chatbot permits you to obtain predefined CloudWatch dashboards interactively and retrieve Logs Insights logs to troubleshoot points immediately from the chat thread. You may as well immediately kind within the chat channel most AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) instructions to retrieve extra telemetry knowledge or useful resource info or to run runbooks to remediate the problems.

Typing and remembering lengthy instructions is tough. With AWS Chatbot, you’ll be able to outline your personal aliases to reference often used instructions and their parameters. It reduces the variety of steps to finish a process. Aliases are versatile and may comprise a number of customized parameters injected on the time of the question.

And since chat channels are designed for dialog, you may also ask questions in pure language and have AWS Chatbot reply you with related extracts from the AWS documentation or help articles. Pure language understanding additionally permits you to make queries akin to “present me my ec2 situations in eu-west-3.”

Let’s Configure the Integration Between AWS Chatbot and Microsoft Groups
Getting began is a two-step course of. First, I configure my workforce in Microsoft Groups. As a Groups administrator, I add the AWS Chatbot software to the workforce, and I pay attention to the URL of the channel I wish to use for receiving notifications and working AWS sources from Microsoft Groups channels.

Second, I register Microsoft Groups channels in AWS Chatbot. I additionally assign IAM permissions on what channel members can do on this channel and affiliate SNS matters to obtain notifications. I’ll configure AWS Chatbot with the AWS Administration Console, an AWS CloudFormation template, or the AWS Cloud Improvement Equipment (AWS CDK). For this demo, I select to make use of the console.

I open the Administration Console and navigate to the AWS Chatbot part. On the highest proper aspect of the display, within the Configure a chat consumer field, I choose Microsoft Groups after which Configure consumer.

I enter the Microsoft Groups channel URL I famous within the Groups app.

Add the team channel URL to ChatbotAt this stage, Chatbot redirects my browser to Microsoft Groups for authentication. If I’m already authenticated, I shall be redirected again to the AWS console instantly. In any other case, I enter my Microsoft Groups credentials and one-time password and wait to be redirected.

At this stage, my Microsoft Groups workforce is registered with AWS Chatbot and able to add Microsoft Groups channels. I choose Configure new channel.

Chabot is now linked to your Microsoft Teams There are 4 sections to enter the main points of the configuration. Within the first part, I enter a Configuration identify for my channel. Optionally, I additionally outline the Logging particulars. Within the second part, I paste—once more—the Microsoft Groups Channel URL.

Configure chatbot section one and two

Within the third part, I configure the Permissions. I can select between the identical set of permissions for all Microsoft Groups customers in my workforce, or I can set Person-level roles permission to allow user-specific permissions within the channel. On this demo, I choose Channel position, and I assign an IAM position to the channel. The position defines the permissions shared by all customers within the channel. For instance, I can assign a job that enables customers to entry configuration knowledge from Amazon EC2 however not from Amazon S3. Beneath Channel position, I choose Use an present IAM position. Beneath Current position, I choose a job I created for my 2019 re:Invent talk about ChatOps: chatbot-demo. This position offers read-only entry to all AWS companies, however I might additionally assign different roles that might enable Chatbot customers to take actions on their AWS sources.

To mitigate the chance that one other particular person in your workforce by chance grants greater than the required privileges to the channel or user-level roles, you may also embody Channel guardrail insurance policies. These are the utmost permissions your customers may need when utilizing the channel. At runtime, the precise permissions are the intersection of the channel or user-level insurance policies and the guardrail insurance policies. Guardrail insurance policies act like a boundary that channel customers won’t ever escape. The idea is much like permission boundaries for IAM entities or service management insurance policies (SCP) for AWS Organizations. On this instance, I connect the ReadOnlyAccess managed coverage.

Configure chatbot section three

The fourth and final part permits you to specify the SNS matter that would be the supply for notifications despatched to your workforce’s channel. Your functions or AWS companies, akin to CloudWatch alarms, can ship messages to this matter, and AWS Chatbot will relay all messages to the configured Microsoft Groups channel. Due to the combination between Amazon EventBridge and SNS, any software in a position to ship a message to EventBridge is ready to ship a message to Microsoft Groups.

For this demo, I choose an present SNS matter: alarmme within the us-east-1 Area. You’ll be able to configure a number of SNS matters to obtain alarms from numerous Areas. I then choose Configure.

Configure chatbot section fourLet’s Check the Integration
That’s it. Now I’m prepared to check my setup.

On the AWS Chatbot configuration web page, I first choose the Ship check message. I even have an alarm outlined when my estimated billing goes over $500. On the CloudWatch part of the Administration Console, I configure the alarm to submit a message on the SNS matter shared with Microsoft Groups.

Inside seconds, I obtain the check message and the alarm message on the Microsoft Groups channel.

AWS Chatbot with Microsoft Teams, first messages received on the channel

Then I kind a command to grasp the place the billing alarm comes from. I wish to perceive what number of EC2 situations are operating.

On the chat consumer channel, I kind @aws to pick Chatbot because the vacation spot, then the remainder of the CLI command, as I’d do in a terminal: ec2 describe-instances --region us-east-1 --filters "Identify=structure,Values=arm64_mac" --query "Reservations[].Cases[].InstanceId"

Chatbot solutions inside seconds.

AWS chatbot describe instances

I can create aliases for instructions I often use. Aliases could have placeholder parameters that I may give at runtime, such because the Area identify for instance.

I create an alias to get the record of my macOS occasion IDs with the command: aws alias create mac ec2 describe-instances --region $area --filters "Identify=structure,Values=arm64_mac" --query "Reservations[].Cases[].InstanceId"

Now, I can kind @aws alias run mac us-east-1 as a shortcut to get the identical outcome as above. I also can handle my aliases with the @aws alias record, @aws alias get, and @aws alias delete instructions.

I don’t learn about you, however for me it’s onerous to recollect instructions. After I use the terminal, I depend on auto-complete to remind me of varied instructions and their choices. AWS Chatbot affords comparable command completion and guides me to gather lacking parameters.

AWS Chatbot command completion

When utilizing AWS Chatbot, I also can ask questions utilizing pure English language. It may possibly assist to seek out solutions from the AWS docs and from help articles by typing questions akin to @aws how can I tag my EC2 situations? or @aws how do I configure Lambda concurrency setting?

It may possibly additionally discover sources in my account when AWS Useful resource Explorer is activated. For instance, I requested the bot: @aws what are the tags for my ec2 sources? and @aws what Areas do I've Lambda service?

And I acquired these responses.

AWS Chatbot NLP Response 1AWS Chatbot NLP Response 2Due to AWS Chatbot, I noticed that I had a rogue Lambda perform left in ca-central-1. I used the AWS console to delete it.

Obtainable Now
You can begin to make use of AWS Chatbot with Microsoft Groups as we speak. AWS Chatbot for Microsoft Teams is available to download from Microsoft Teams app at no extra price. AWS Chatbot is offered in all public AWS Areas, at no extra cost. You pay for the underlying sources that you just use. You may incur prices out of your chat consumer.

Get began as we speak and configure your first integration with Microsoft Groups.

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