EC2 Security Revisited

A couple of weeks ago I was teaching Learning Tree’s Amazon Web Services course at our lovely Chicago area Education Center in Schaumburg, IL. In that class we provision a lot of AWS resources including several machine instances on EC2 for each attendee. Usually everything goes pretty smoothly. That week, however, we received an email […]
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Importing Custom Images into Amazon EC2

A current project I am working on has a requirement that custom machine images be built and maintained such that they are usable both from within Amazon EC2 and on virtual machines hosted outside of EC2. These images are all based on the Windows operating system. Since we want to build each machine image only […]
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Interoperability in the Cloud

One of the nice things about cloud computing is that it allows for choice. That is, I am free to choose from any and all available technologies at any time. Yes, vendor lock-in is a concern, but I am not really that concerned about it! Here’s why: In the cloud, there are almost always multiple […]
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Using EC2 Micro Instances for ASP.NET Hosting

I’m the author of Learning Tree course 502: Programming with .NET: A Comprehensive Hands-On Introduction.  The case study in that course has the students create a program called Flash Cards, which is intended to help kids learn basic math skills.  Good case studies are hard to come up with.  They need to be complex enough to […]
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Using the Amazon EC2 Command Line Tools and API

There are three ways to interact with Amazon EC2: Web based AWS Management Console Command line tools An API for programmers The Web based console is very easy to use and you can (and should!) do a lot with it. There are times, however, where what you want to do is beyond what is currently […]
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