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Im trying to figure out if I can use Amazons AWS, but even though I've tried to read their presentations Im not sure.
Presently I have a hosted server-solution with windows server 2003 and mssql 2005. Im using classic ASP including VBscripting and XML dom.
Im building on a portal-solution, that I've bought and I access it through ftp.
Will I be able to do the same with AWS.
There is a video-guide on how to build a virtual server-environment, but no explanation of how to access it or what kind of solutions that will give me.
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by:shalomc
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AWS is actually a service suite that consists of several components.
S3 is the cloud storage, EC2 is the virtual server, SQS is the message queueing, etc.
Each service has its own usage model and use case.
I assume that you refer to the EC2 virtual servers.

First, you have to create an account and register to the EC2 service.
You then have several ways to manage new and running server instances.
the ElasticFox Firefox extension found at http://developer.amazonwebservices.com/connect/entry.jspa?externalID=609&categoryID=88 
The AWS Management Console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/
third party services like RightScale
command line utilities

See this link, http://aws.amazon.com/ec2/#resources , the developer resources contain everything you need.

After you set up your account, when you start a new windows server image, it will be a fully functional windows server. you now can configure FTP on this server, or any other application software.  

After you finish setting up your server, you should bundle it so an image is kept in case you need to redeploy.

Does it clarify thing a bit?

ShalomC
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by:SimonAdrian
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Thanks.
That did help some.
My problem is that I have no server-configuration knowledge and that I have no idea how to use command lines.
In the getting started guide, they tell me to use command-lines like this:

C:\> set EC2_HOME=<path-to-tools>

Where would I place that line. In the browser. I'm on windows.
And do I really have to install all the command line tools even if I install the elasticfox-extension and/or the aws management console.


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> Where would I place that line. In the browser. I'm on windows.
execute cmd.exe - this will bring up the windows command line environment.
I seriously doubt whether you can successfully use EC2, or do any server management, without some familiarity with command line, batch files, environment variables and services, so I strongly recommend that you find some "learn windows sys management in 21 days" book or web site.

As for the EC2 command line tools - you can do without them until you need some automation

ShalomC
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by:SimonAdrian
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Thanks. Sorry the late response. I gave up on Amazon - except s3 - and turned to mosso.com.
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why did you turn to mosso?
I too face the dilemma of choosing a virtualization provider and would like to hear different opinions.
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