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

Public Cloud Services Comparison

Have you ever gotten the feeling that cloud providers are trying to confuse you with all their vendor-specific names for commodity services? Ever wondered what major services are available on which clouds? Have I got a resource for you!

Public Cloud Services Comparison

While we don’t yet have a way to buy Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud services on campus, it’s good to know what’s out there and how things compare.

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.

October 12

We’re changing the way we do labs, starting October 12. We’ll have all of our previous labs available for each lab session. So going forward, just sign up for a time slot and pick whichever lab you’d like when you arrive.

Update 10/11 2:14 p.m.: We’ve moved the labs to 1009 Mechanical Engineering Lab, which has twice the capacity. I’ve re-opened registration.

For the October 12 sessions, we’ll have the following labs 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

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


Our October 12 labs will be held 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.