Fall 17 Lab Schedule

We’ll be holding free AWS labs throughout the Fall semester. Here’s the full schedule of dates. Times and locations will be updated when available:

  • July 12
  • July 19
  • August 9
  • August 23
  • September 13
  • September 27

During each lab session, you’ll have your choice of topics:

  • AWS 101: Introduction to EC2
  • Identity and Access Management
  • S3 and CloudFront for content distribution
  • Relational Database Service
  • Automating AWS with CloudFormation
  • Introduction to Lambda
  • Building clusters with Alces Flight
  • Elastic MapReduce

You may run through multiple labs if time allows. An Amazon solutions architect will be on-site with our local staff to offer technical assistance and discuss cloud topics.

Technology Services will grant you access to a shared AWS account for the lab; you don’t need your own. Computers will be available onsite, though you’re welcome to bring your own laptop if you prefer.

Registration will be available once times and locations are announced.

Free Amazon Web Services Summit

Do you have questions about how you can use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to enhance your research, storage, or website hosting? AWS will host a FREE seminar in Chicago on Wednesday July 26 and Thursday July 27 at the McCormick Place Lakeside Center. To register online or see additional details visit https://aws.amazon.com/summits/chicago/.

This summit is a great, low-cost way to attend technical sessions and workshops, bootcamp training events, and labs. AWS engineers, solutions architects and AWS partners will be present and available throughout the event.

Onsite registration begins at 7:30am on Wednesday followed by labs and the keynote presentation at 9:30am.

Spring 2017 Lab Schedule

We’ll be holding free AWS labs throughout the Spring semester. Here’s the full schedule:

  • January 11 – 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in 1009 Mechanical Engineering Lab
  • January 25 – 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in 1009 Mechanical Engineering Lab
  • February 8 – Remote labs from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
  • February 22 – 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in 1001 Mechanical Engineering Lab
  • March 8 – 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in 27 Illini Hall
  • March 22 – 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in 27 Illini Hall
  • April 12 – 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 1009 Mechanical Engineering Lab
  • April 26 – 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in 27 Illini Hall
  • May 10 – 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in 27 Illini Hall
  • June 28 – 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in 27 Illini Hall

During each lab session, you’ll have your choice of topics:

  • AWS 101: Introduction to EC2
  • Identity and Access Management
  • S3 and CloudFront for content distribution
  • Relational Database Service
  • Automating AWS with CloudFormation
  • Introduction to Lambda
  • Building clusters with Alces Flight
  • Elastic MapReduce

You may run through multiple labs if time allows. An Amazon solutions architect will be on-site with our local staff to offer technical assistance and discuss cloud topics.

Technology Services will grant you access to a shared AWS account for the lab; you don’t need your own. Computers will be available onsite, though you’re welcome to bring your own laptop if you prefer.

Please register here to reserve your seat.

February 22 Lab

We’ll be back on campus for the February 22 lab session: 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. in 1001 Mechanical Engineering Lab.

Technology Services will provide the AWS account, Engineering will provide a workstation (though you’re welcome to bring your own laptop if you prefer), and you can choose whichever lab(s) you find interesting:

  • AWS 101: Introduction to EC2
  • Identity and Access Management
  • S3 and CloudFront for content distribution
  • Relational Database Service
  • Automating AWS with CloudFormation
  • Introduction to Lambda
  • Building clusters with Alces Flight
  • Elastic MapReduce

Please register prior to the event.

Update: This lab is full. We’ll be back in two weeks.

February 8: Remote Lab

We’re going to try something new for next week’s labs. Our Amazon support team will be hosting a webinar-style lab session. All of our usual labs will be available, supported by the same team that facilitates our campus lab sessions.

Please register before the event. We’re still working out some technical details, so registered users can expect an email with more information next week.

January 25 Lab

We’re holding a single lab session tomorrow from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in room 1009 of the Mechanical Engineering Lab. Please register to reserve your spot. Computers in the lab will be available for use, or you may bring a laptop if you prefer.

Update: I had listed the wrong time previously. This lab will run from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Sorry for the confusion.

The following labs will be available:

  • AWS 101: Introduction to EC2
  • Identity and Access Management
  • S3 and CloudFront for content distribution
  • Relational Database Service
  • Automating AWS with CloudFormation
  • Introduction to Lambda
  • Building clusters with Alces Flight
  • Elastic MapReduce

You may pick any lab from the list, and if time permits, you’re welcome to do more than one.

Want another topic? Let us know: aws-support@illinois.edu

January 11 Lab

We’re holding a single lab session tomorrow from 1:00 to 4:00 on room 1009 of the Mechanical Engineering Lab. Please register to reserve your spot. Computers in the lab will be available for use, or you may bring a laptop if you prefer.

The following labs will be available:

  • AWS 101: Introduction to EC2
  • Identity and Access Management
  • S3 and CloudFront for content distribution
  • Relational Database Service
  • Automating AWS with CloudFormation
  • Introduction to Lambda
  • Building clusters with Alces Flight
  • Elastic MapReduce

You may pick any lab from the list, and if time permits, you’re welcome to do more than one.

Want another topic? Let us know: aws-support@illinois.edu

November 16

We’re holding a single lab session next week, from 2:00 to 4:30 on November 16 in room 1001 of the Mechanical Engineering Lab. Please register to reserve your spot. Computers in the lab will be available for use, or you may bring a laptop if you prefer.

Update: This lab session is full. Thanks for your interest, everyone!

The following labs will be available:

  • AWS 101: Introduction to EC2
  • Identity and Access Management
  • S3 and CloudFront for content distribution
  • Relational Database Service
  • Automating AWS with CloudFormation
  • Introduction to Lambda
  • Building clusters with Alces Flight
  • Elastic MapReduce

You may pick any lab from the list, and if time permits, you’re welcome to do more than one.

Want another topic? Let us know: aws-support@illinois.edu

Windows Server: Online Hands-On-Lab

At 11 .m. on Tuesday November 1st and Thursday November 3rd, Amazon is offering a free online Hands-On-Lab webinar based on Windows servers on AWS:

Creating Amazon EC2 Instances with Microsoft Windows

with Bill Jacobi, Sr. Solutions Architect, AWS and Prahlad Rao, Solutions Architect, AWS

The published learning objectives are:
Selecting, configuring, and launching a Windows virtual machine
Securing network access to Amazon EC2 Instances with Security Groups
Selecting Amazon Machine Images (AMI) with Windows
Launch and configure a Windows virtual machine
Bootstrapping using Powershell
Creating Key Pairs for authentication

You can register for the labs at the following link:

https://aws.amazon.com/windows/events/hands-on-labs/

Cloud Adoption Starting Guide

We have a lot of discussions with campus units on how to get started developing a strategic plan for cloud adoption. Common questions are:

  • What should we migrate first?
  • How do we develop expertise?
  • What new roles will become available for our staff?
  • How can we put the right people in the right places?
  • How can we ensure that all this work benefits our customers?

Amazon has a blog post specifically addressing those questions for higher education. It’s a great resource to jump start your planning efforts. Additionally, our team is always available to meet and talk through any questions or challenges that may come up.