Solved: How to cap or limit memory usage of a docker container

In this post we will see how we can cap or restrict the maximum amount of memory the container can use.
Let’s first see the current usage of container id ec6ed4af7c34 with “docker stats”.
docker stats ec6ed4af7c34
In the below image we can see the current limit of the container is 300MiB

Now let’s change this limit to 200MiB of a running container.
docker container update -m 200m ec6ed4af7c34
Now when we look at “docker stats” we can see in the image below the new limit on the container.

If you want to set the memory limit at the time of launching the container itself do it as
docker run -exec -it -m 200m image-name /bin/bash
Compose file version 3
If you want to restrict the usage from the compose file itself you can follow below example, the redis service is constrained to use no more than 50M of memory and 0.50 (50%) of available processing time (CPU), and has 20M of memory and 0.25 CPU time reserved (as always available to it).

version: '3'
    image: redis:alpine
          cpus: '0.50'
          memory: 50M
          cpus: '0.10'
          memory: 20M

Hope this post is helpful to you. Do let me know if you have any query.

AWS ECR : How to push or pull docker image

Hello everyone!
In this post we will see how to push a docker image to your AWS ECR  and how to pull image from it.
  • Skip this step if you already have docker on your machine. I am using  “Docker for Windows” software to run dockers on my Windows 10 laptop.
If you have Windows 7 download Docker Toolbox for Windows with Virtualbox.
  • Get AWS CLI.
  • Create AWS IAM user from AWS console which has permission to put and delete images. You can refer sample policy below.
    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Sid": "VisualEditor0",
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Action": "ecr:*",
            "Resource": "*"
Once you are done with pre-requisites let's move forward.
1)  Open powershell in windows or command prompt in linux. Below I'll be running command on windows powershell. But the AWS CLI command on linux are similar.
In powershell check that you have docker running. It should give you an output like below.
PS C:\CloudVedas> docker ps -a


55f016be65aa hello-world "/hello" 2 hours ago Exited (0) 2 hours ago gifted_hamilton

PS C:\CloudVedas>
2) Configure AWS CLI by entering the access key and secret key of the IAM user.
PS C:\CloudVedas> aws configure
AWS Access Key ID [****************A37B]:
AWS Secret Access Key [****************W3w3]:
Default region name [ap-southeast-2]:
Default output format [None]:
PS C:\CloudVedas>
3) Check if your IAM user is able to describe ECR.
PS C:\CloudVedas> aws ecr describe-repositories
    "repositories": []
PS C:\CloudVedas>
4) Let's create an ECR repository now. You can skip this step if you already have repo.
PS C:\CloudVedas> aws ecr create-repository --repository-name cloudvedas
"repository": {
"repositoryArn": "arn:aws:ecr:ap-southeast-2:123456789123:repository/cloudvedas",
"registryId": "123456789123",
"repositoryName": "cloudvedas",
"repositoryUri": "",
"createdAt": 1564224171.0
PS C:\CloudVedas>
5) Next we will authenticate the Docker client to the Amazon ECR registry to which we intend to push our image. You will get a long docker login token as below.
PS C:\CloudVedas> aws ecr get-login --region ap-southeast-2
docker login -u AWS -p eyJxxxxxxxxxxxx094YwODF9 \ 
6) Resulting output is a docker login command. After stripping the "-e none" copy and paste the docker login command in your terminal.
PS C:\CloudVedas> docker login -u AWS -p eyJxxxxxxxxxxxxx094YwODF9  \
Login Succeeded
If you don't strip -e none you will get below error.
unknown shorthand flag: 'e' in -e
See 'docker login --help'.
You will see "Login Succeeded" message once you are logged in successfully. Continue to Step 7 if you want to push image. Skip to step 10 if you want to pull image from ECR.
Push Image
7) Tag your image with the Amazon ECR registry, repository, and optional image tag name combination to use.
PS C:\CloudVedas> docker images
hello-world latest fce289e99eb9 6 months ago 1.84kB
PS C:\CloudVedas>

PS C:\CloudVedas> docker tag fce289e99eb9

PS C:\CloudVedas> docker images
REPOSITORY TAG IMAGE ID CREATED SIZE latest fce289e99eb9 6 months ago 1.84kB
hello-world latest fce289e99eb9 6 months ago 1.84kB
PS C:\CloudVedas>
8) Next let's push the image.
PS C:\CloudVedas> docker push
The push refers to repository []
af0b15c8625b: Pushed
latest: digest: sha256:92c7f9c92844bb49837dur49vnbvm7c2a7949e40f8ea90c8b3bc396879d95e899a size: 524
PS C:\CloudVedas>
9) We just now pushed the image. Let's check our image in ECR.
PS C:\CloudVedas> aws ecr describe-images --repository-name cloudvedas
"imageDetails": [
"registryId": "123456789123",
"repositoryName": "cloudvedas",
"imageDigest": "sha256:92c7f9c92844bb49837dur49vnbvm7c2a7949e40f8ea90c8b3bc396879d95e899a",
"imageTags": [
"imageSizeInBytes": 2487,
"imagePushedAt": 1564224404.0
PS C:\CloudVedas>
Great ! We can see our image in ECR and it has a tag "latest".
Pull Image
10) If you want to pull the image you have to follow same instruction till step 6, after that just execute below command.
PS C:\CloudVedas> docker pull

Solved: How to lock Terraform provider version

While working with terraform you would have noticed that every time you execute a terraform plan it will download the latest version of terraform available for that provider.
While this is good if you are testing as you get the latest features but, it can create trouble in production if a buggy version gets deployed. So, it is always recommended that you lock down the version of provider. In this post we will show you how to do that.
It’s really very simple to lock down the provider version. You just have to add a snippet like below in your file .

provider "aws" {
  region  = "us-east-1"

In the above example we have specified that version 2.6.0 or older can be used.
The version argument value may either be a single explicit version or a version constraint string. Constraint strings use the following syntax to specify a range of versions that are acceptable:
>= 2.4.0: version 2.4.0 or newer
<= 2.4.0: version 2.4.0 or older
~> 2.4.0: any non-beta version >= 2.4.0 and < 2.5.0, e.g. 2.4.X
~> 2.4: any non-beta version >= 2.4.0 and < 3.0.0, e.g. 2.X.Y
>= 2.0.0, <= 3.0.0: any version between 2.0.0 and 3.0.0 inclusive
Give it a try and let us know if you have any query or suggestion.

Solved: How to configure Terraform backend on AWS S3

Terraform is a very useful tool for IaaS. As you would have already known that it create a .tfstate file to save the status of infra. If you are doing testing you can save the .tfstate locally on your laptop. But, if you are working in prod environment with team then it's best that you save the .tfstate remotely so that it's secure and can be used by other team members.
Here we will show you two ways of configuring AWS S3 as backend to save the .tfstate file.
  1. First way of configuring .tfstate is that you define it in the file. You will just have to add a snippet like below in your file.
terraform {

      backend "s3" {






Here we have defined following things.
bucket = The S3 bucket in which the .tfstate should be saved
key = The name of the .tfstate file
region = The region in which S3 backend bucket exists.
2 Another way of specifying the S3 backend is that you define it when you initialize the terraform using the init command. This can be useful when you want to invoke the terraform from a jenkins file.
  • Here is an example that you can  execute in windows command prompt. This will do the same thing as we did in first example.
terraform init -no-color -reconfigure -force-copy -backend-config="region="us-east-1"" \
-backend-config="bucket="cloudvedas-test123"" -backend-config="key="cloudvedas-test1-win-s3.tfstate""
  • If you want to execute from a linux shell use below syntax.
 terraform init -no-color -reconfigure -force-copy \
-backend-config="region=us-east-1" \
-backend-config="bucket=cloudvedas-test123" \
Give it a try and let us know in comments section if you have any query or suggestion.

Solved RDS : Access denied; you need the SUPER privilege for thisoperation

Access denied; you need the SUPER privilege for this operation

You may get this error while trying to set values for RDS AURORA MySQL from the command line. It can be setting for long running queries or slow queries or many others.

If, you are sure you are trying to execute these changes using the master user then you can’t set these from command line.

For RDS Aurora you will have to make these changes through Parameter groups of DB and Cluster.

  •  To make the change, login to your AWS RDS console.
  • On the left side panel click on Parameter Groups and select the group associated with your RDS Cluster and node.
  • Make changes in the parameter groups.
  • Once you have saved the changes in parameter group it will start applying to your RDS cluster.

Some parameter changes will require reboot of your cluster while others can be done without reboot.  You will see pending-reboot in your cluster if it needs reboot to change the parameter.  For more details about parameter groups refer this AWS doc.