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Amazon EC2 (Windows Server) - how to bill end users?

Hi Experts,

I have just started using Amazon EC2 with Windows Server 2008.

My goal is to provide SaaS (Software as a Service) with one Amazon EC2 instance per license.

I am unsure how I can bill the end users?

Are tools available that will track the time that the users are logged in to Windows Server?
Or can this information be derived from Amazon EC2 billing?
If so, are tools available to report end user usage from the Amazon EC2 billing?

Regards,
Leigh
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LeighWardle
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shalomcCommented:
Amazon has several ways to log and bill server hours, so if you can tie your billing model to server uptime this is definitely possible. (devpay or AWS sub-accounts).

However, as far as I understand from your question, you want to charge according to user's logged in time to the server, and that is completely another matter that EC2 has nothing to do with. It is a generic Windows OS question, or if your application allows - an application issue.

You have basically 2 ways: first one is to Audit logon and logoff events, second one is to create logon and logoff scripts that programmatically do logging.

See if this link that describes tracking users logon and logoff helps you in any way.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/556015
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LeighWardleAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Shalom, for very helpful feedback.

Regards, Leigh
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