The above is a video tutorial on how to create a new shortcut in Windows 7.
Please post comments or any questions you have regarding the creation of shortcuts.
A file shortcut in Microsoft Windows is a small file containing a target URI or GUID to an object, or the name of a target program file that the shortcut represents. The shortcut might additionally specify parameters to be passed to the target program when it is run. Each shortcut can have its own icon. Source
While setting up a new server in the AWS cloud environment I came across this simple tutorial on how to create a name server in plesk:
Creating a name server can be quite confusing but hopefully this will be able to give you a hand.
Please ensure you set up the child name servers at your domain name provider first.
Backup your rarely used data in the cloud.
Amazon Glacier allows you to backup and store your rarely accessed data in the AWS cloud. Much like S3 it has “Eleven 9′s” of durability.
This means it is 99.999999999% durable. Your data will be stored across multiple facilities and in those facilities, multiple devices.
It has Anti-entropy protection. In amazons own words, this means they are constantly scanning all levels for things like storage device malfunctions and server issues, to prevent your data being lost.
Amazon Glacier is easy to use, simply create a new vault in the Glacier interface, set up permissions for that vault then interface with the API – or use a third party tool.
Companies such as “Pogoplug” (Home data backup service) have already began to use Amazons cloud archive service to allow you to store your data.
To ensure Glaciers cheap data storage in the cloud some trade offs have been made. Unlike S3 your data is not instantly available at your whim. With glacier you must submit a “job” as such.
You request your data back, and it is submitted as a job, much like standing in a line waiting for your turn.
Once you have submitted your job you can track it, and be notified once your job has been processed.
Once your data retrieval is complete you are able to then download that file in its original form.
Colin Lazier from Amazon has said that data retrieval takes between 3-4 hours normally.
All in all Amazon Glacier seems to be an ideal solution to long term data storage for things like staff records, financial details and other rarely accessed, long term data.
For more information regarding Amazon glacier see:
Amazon Glacier: Official AWS website
Wikipedia article on Amazon Glacier
Later this week we will cover some of the other most up to date news regarding AWS and other Amazon cloud services.
Casually browsing the AWS website regarding the amazon re:invent website I stumbled across word document Amazon has provided us with to give to our managers.
So, if you really want to go to re:invent, but your having trouble convincing your manager to let you go..
This letter will help convince them to let you to attend the AWS re:Invent conference? Customize this email and send to your boss to justify your trip.
Dear [Your manager's name],
I’d like to request your permission to attend the largest conference focused on cloud computing and the AWS Cloud: AWS re: Invent, November 27-29 in Las Vegas. By attending this customer and partner conference, I’ll have opportunities to:
• Gain deeper knowledge of the services that make up the AWS Cloud, from Amazon EC2, S3, and DynamoDB to newer services, such as CloudFormation, Simple Workflow, and Glacier.
• Learn technical best practices that can’t be found anywhere else on topics, such as application architecture and development, monitoring, application performance and security, migration, and tips to reduce our AWS bill.
• Get answers to our technical questions from the engineering teams that built the AWS Cloud and from customers currently using the cloud, such as Netflix, NASA JPL, McGraw Hill, Robert Half International, Thomson Reuters, Nokia Siemens, Intuit, Pinterest, SocialCam, SmugMug, and TinyCo.
AWS re: Invent will feature over 150 sessions on popular use cases, such as: web, mobile, gaming, big data, HPC, and enterprise IT applications. In addition to the breakout sessions, AWS re: Invent offers a number of opportunities to get hands-on experience with AWS in bootcamps, labs, and code challenges. All of this makes AWS re: Invent an ideal place to pick up new ideas to increase our productivity and maximize our cloud investment.
The conference is being held Tuesday afternoon through Thursday afternoon so I will only be out of the office for a short period. Here’s an estimated breakdown of costs:
Hotel: (3 nights at $159) $477
Registration Fee: $1099
After the conference, I’ll distribute a post-conference report that will include an overview, major takeaways, best practice tips, architecture diagrams and sample code we can use, and a set of recommendations to maximize our investments in the cloud.
Thank you for considering my request to register for this event. I look forward to your reply.
Amazon Web services have now added support for CORS (Cross Origin Resource Sharing) on the S3 bucket.
Put basically CORS lets a web page access resources on another domain.
For Amazons official release please see:
Amazon S3 announces Cross-Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) support
Amazon have said -
For information about setting up CORS you can find the developer info here.
Still active! You hear that google, well its true! We are still active in the tutorial game.
Just need some more tutorial Ideas! So if you have any, feel free to pop them on through and I can get you a guide.
Well you have found a couple here!
To use a PEM file with Putty, you must first convert it to PPK.
A PPK file is a private key just like a PEM file is.
Putty expects your private key to in PPK format.
You can view this tutorial here.
A new AWS tutorial coming soon!
How to add a network interface to your EC2 instance.
This EC2 tutorial will cover how to apply multiple network interfaces to your aws EC2 instance.
This will let you put multi IP’s on your machine for hosting many websites on one instance.
Heres the new quick info on How to get the cloud.
It covers Microsofts cloud and also Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.
You can see it here.