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Cloud computing, also known as on-demand computing, is a kind of Internet-based computing where shared resources and information are provided to computers and other devices. It is a model for enabling ubiquitous, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources. Cloud computing and storage solutions provide users and enterprises with various capabilities to store and process their data in third-party data centers, relying on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale.

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configure /setup adfs with ibm connections cloud

is IIS and cert necessary to setup SSO/ASDS with in connections cloud??
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This course will introduce you to Ruby, as well as teach you about classes, methods, variables, data structures, loops, enumerable methods, and finishing touches.

We are looking to save data contents at least a bit over a terabyte to a cloud solution.  We are not looking for daily cloud backup rather maybe once ever 2 months.  We were thinking purchasing an account in Google, Apple, Microsoft, Mega, Box, DropBox etc. (those that we already know and have with 2gb, 15gb thru 50gb free accounts in).  

We are looking for a cloud provider, that coud be one of the above or one we have not consider, that would suffice the amount of space we need.  However, considering EE vast experience, can you provide info as to:

  • which cloud provider is best for this type of task?
  • Which one uploading is fastest?
  • Which one is  has the optimal security requirement?
  • Also, which is most economical?

Pleasea advice.
Can I protect my images on Google Photos?

I may use Google Photos to provide access to my photos to a large number of people. I am doing this to support a live tour I plan to give. But, can people (strangers, really) delet my photos?

I hope be able to also block them, in some way, from backing up my entire folder of image to their PC.

So, what kinds of limited access can I provide to Google Photos?

I've been using the Azure ML Studio and it is great.

I get the basics of what ML is and what it does. But now I'd like to learn it in more detail - understand the deeper issues, the math behind it, what the different algorithms do and so on.

But I don't know where to go for this. Most of the introductions to ML use Python and TensorFlow. Ideally I'd like to stick to Azure ML Studio but I just can't find anything that tells me about the theory of ML rather than how to use Azure ML Studio.

I'm talking about books or courses - I think ideally a book but either would be fine.

This book might be promising:

Predictive Analytics with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning 2nd Edition Paperback – 19 Aug 2015
by Valentine Fontama (Author), Roger Barga (Contributor), Wee Hyong Tok (Contributor)

But I'm concerned it doesn't give the background - the reviews seem to indicate this.

Let me know if you have read a good book or completed a good course that explains the math of ML and would be something I could use with the Azure ML Studio.

I have been a VMWare Workstation user for several years.  I've been running on a local PC at most two or three VMs at a time.  Problem is my PC is max'd out on RAM at 16Gb and when I run the VMs my local hosts environment runs low on resources.  

I know that VMWare Workstation allows you to upload VMs to a remote server such as VMWare vCloud Air.  I don't know much about these cloud environments and pricing.  

My question is, are there any economical cloud hosts that are cheaper for a single developer with only a couple VMs?  vCloud Air looks expensive for even the OnDemand option.  I'm just looking for an affordable way to push the load off from for my local VMs to run in. Are there any good options?

I need to be able to host files(images in this case) on a server, to be read by my ecommerce website.

I would like to be able to control the names of the files and folders.  For instance, I might want to call the image

An added bonus would be if I could map a local drive letter, like "X:\" to my hosted folder.  I usually use a combination of FTP and Webdrive to achieve this.
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i have heavy computations i need to run in excel.

i am looking for suggestions on a cloud based service that has a lot of CPUs in a desktop like environment for me to have a UI, like
I am new to dealing with file server systems and hybrid solutions. My company was looking at a dell emc that was going to have functionality that would take files based on rules and push them to the cloud. This would leave a pointer in place so if an end user would ever need to do anything with the file they would not know it was in the cloud, it would just take a bit longer for it to download. Unfortunately this won't work in our position as the emc product would have to be used as a san or as a file server. We are using it for a hybrid approach.
I would like to continue to use aws for our cloud storage, but what is out there to automatically do what we are looking for? I know that you can backup data to the cloud but I would like to keep IT's involvement low as we are a small team for a larger company.
Tagging in Azure and AWS -

We have thousands of servers withing both the AWS and Azure Cloud providers.

We need to apply the following tags to all the resources as well as any new resources created in any of cloud providers.

BusinessUnit:      Identify business unit e.g. Finance, Marketing, Human Resources,            
Owner:      The email distribution name of the team,            
CostCentreCode:      Used to identify the cost centre code for cross charging,            
Name:      Used to identify the individual resource,            
ApplicationID:      Used to identify resources that are related to specific applications,            
Functionality:      Used to identify the purpose of the resource, i.e. web, message broker, DB,            
Environment:       To identify Production, PreProd, UAT, Dev, Test, Performance, Security etc,            
Schedule:       Identifies whether the server should be powered down at certain times,            
Monitoring:      Required if server is being monitored or not,            
Geography:      This should contain the Oxford University Press' geography the resource group is utilised by,            
ExternallyManaged:      3rd party support details such as HT2, CirrusHQ, Avallain, Cognizant,            
Backups:      Backup schedule and to where            

what is the best way to implement this ? do know anyone know a script i can utilise to deploy this in both environments?

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Please setup a filter with the following criteria and save it. Name the filter:  Tony’s tasks this month

Assigned to:   Me (Tony)
Updated date:  This month

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Received this security alert from MS cloud. Is this a safe activity and how to troubleshoot this whether security breach? Tks.

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well.  I've been looking at a few Single Sign on services provider. Centrify and Azure to name a few. Any other reliable and easy to setup Single Sign on services with excellent support? I have to add about 12 different cloud apps and wanted to make sure I can find one that perhaps will support us through the implementation process since some of the apps are not common.
Anyone can share any free or low cost cloud services for
me to run scripts (ideally 64-bit VMs)
Looking for Windows Server cloud solution.  Meaning, want to be able to access file stored on a Windows server remotely (basically from mobile devices).  This would primarily be if we need to access a file to email a client when out of the office, etc.  Not sure what the best solution would be.  We absolutely don't want to sync data to a cloud service.  We want all of our data in-house.  I see two possible scenarios:  1.  if there is a product/solution that we can install directly onto the Windows server that will allow this or 2) a Linux based solution that will provide the cloud based interface for the mobile device to access the data that resides on the Windows server.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
Lambda backups via AWS - Currently the backup script in place does the backup perfectly fine however it does not add the label to the snapshot. We would like the backup to place the instance name to the snapshot backup so it is easy to understand. I believe such functionality must exist already as having a snapshot created with no label is not helpful, especially if that instance no longer exists.

Current Script:
import boto3
import collections
import datetime

ec = boto3.client('ec2')

def lambda_handler(event, context):
    reservations = ec.describe_instances(
            {'Name': 'tag-key', 'Values': ['backup', 'Backup']},
        'Reservations', []

    instances = [
        i for r in reservations
        for i in r['Instances']

    print "Found %d instances that need backing up" % len(instances)

    to_tag = collections.defaultdict(list)

    for instance in instances:
            retention_days = [
                int(t.get('Value')) for t in instance['Tags']
                if t['Key'] == 'Retention'][0]
        except IndexError:
            retention_days = 7

        for dev in instance['BlockDeviceMappings']:
            if dev.get('Ebs', None) is None:
            vol_id = dev['Ebs']['VolumeId']
            print "Found EBS volume %s on instance %s" % (
                vol_id, instance['InstanceId'])

            snap = ec.create_snapshot(

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Moving one small datacenter to AzureRM.

What tools do you recommend me to use for both:
- Analyzing the environment and
- Moving the physical and virtual workloads to AzureRM?

I want to use imagemagick on the cloud, i have a Bluehost account that says it's available

I have very limited experience in unix (or whatever the operating system is?) and I'm unable even to find out how to get to a command line to test this.

This question is just to get me kicked in the right direction, so any of the following would be a good start:
1. getting onto a command line and verifying the statements form the link above
2. creating a simple script file that i can run on the server somehow
3. a dummies summary of how imagemagick could work on bluehost

Attached screenshot of some of the bluehost advanced options.


Related question resolved:
Hi everyone,

I am going to build one cloud based application for multiple customers / businesses, based on that i have few questions.

1) what is the best practice to handle database,  
a) One db for all customers, then what about performance?
b) or is it one db for one customer?

2) let's suppose, if there is power cut (never but due to some reason) or internet down at customer site, in this case what shall be our responsibility?

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I am looking to use a  MY Cloud Pro 4100 series NAS box  for backing up  Windows Server\ SQL Data locally and then send it to Amazon S3 cloud. The servers I am talking about are 3 Windows servers

2 of the 3 servers are VM-* the servers do  have SQL databases

I  would like to backup  the data locally on the NAS and then send it to Amazon
Has anyone done this?

What I originally wanted to do was install the backup software on the NAS and  have the data back to it and then to the Amazon s3 cloud
Hi Experts,

I am testing the hyper v cluster availability on azure and wondering is someone from you did it before and can share some experience?

We are using Sharepoint with OneDrive. We need to make it so that only the files we are using sync to our computers and then synced to back to Sharepoint and removed when we are done with it. Right now, everything in OneDrive cloud storage keeps trying to sync and it is filling up our local hard drives. Is OneDrive the correct tool, or is there a better way to accomplish this?  

When I install OneDrive I see the option to select which folders will sync, but cannot get down to the file level. Also, there are no options to have documents removed from local drive once we I am done working on them.
I am being tasked by my IT Director to research the steps that we need to do in order to start the CLOUD office 365 migration. I am being tasked to find a simple way of migrating or moving our users to the cloud. We are thinking of using MFA, but we found it more complicated and we have the current situation with our exchange that we need the fastest way of moving people to the cloud. We already have the office 365 account setup.
My questions are:
-      What should I do first in order to start the process? Are there any checklist that we have to follow?
-      We don’t want to use MFA at this time, but we might add it later. What should be the fastest method of authentication that I can recommend?

I was navigating through my files on using my Windows 10 Pro PC.

I found that after clicking on an image file I uploaded, I could switch between all my images with arrow keys.

However, this does not work for other files such as videos, PDFs, text files, etc.

I would like to for example, click on an image file and then use arrow key to switch to next file which could be video file, PDF, etc.

Is there a way of switching between all my files in Dropbox with arrows keys without having to back out of each file?

Hopefully, someone can assist. Ideally this is the 2nd time I have worked with Azure APIs - in more of a sysadmin role vs Developer.

Essentially what I want is to export the Non-Compliance Microsoft Azure Policies to a HTML report, there is no currently way of doing this so worked on my own method.

Connecting to the PolicyAssignments API I have been successfully able to export the: Azure Policy Names, Azure Policy Descriptions however not the Non Compliant resources or policies. Essentially what I am getting back is a '0', which although is really nice! I know it not to be the truth!

Attached to this post is a screenshot of the HTML export I have managed to do, but don't understand why the Resources & Policies are all coming up as '0'.

This is the code I have so far:

$PolicyResults = @()
ForEach ($subid in $subscriptionId)


    $Headers = @{
        'authorization' = "Bearer $token"
        'host'          = ''
        'contentype'    = 'application/json'

    $url = "$subid/providers/Microsoft.Authorization/policyAssignments?api-version=2017-06-01-preview"

    $policies = Invoke-RestMethod  -Uri $url  -Headers $Headers -Method Get

ForEach ($policy in $policies.value) {

    $id = $
    $resources = 

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Cloud Computing





Cloud computing, also known as on-demand computing, is a kind of Internet-based computing where shared resources and information are provided to computers and other devices. It is a model for enabling ubiquitous, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources. Cloud computing and storage solutions provide users and enterprises with various capabilities to store and process their data in third-party data centers, relying on sharing of resources to achieve coherence and economies of scale.