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.

AWS S3 Outage

Amazon has posted their summary of this week’s S3 disruption in us-east-1. While this was just 1 of 60 services in 1 of 16 regions, it had an outsized impact on operations. A number of AWS components and third party services depend on S3 in us-east-1, and the outage cased widespread service disruptions across the internet.

S3 was the first publicly available Amazon service, and us-east-1 was the first AWS region, which helps explain why so many services were built on this particular instance of the service.

In the summary, Amazon transparently details what went wrong as well as the measures they’re taking to ensure that this class of mistake cannot reoccur. The lesson I’m taking from this is to expect failures, but ensure that you never fail the same way twice.

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