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.

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I have an Azure PAYG subscription and have a Windows 2016 DC   VM  in Azure . How can I schedule auto start and shutdown ( say 6 AM Start and 6 PM shutdown )
I can see some runbook scripts . Any documentation on it is appreciated
Dear Experts
I am looking for cloud computing service to host the websites and have internally decided we go for Google Cloud Computing, few websites (word press /drupal are on dedicated VM’s and few are on shared VM’s ,  one of our customer runs multiple campaigns hence  based on campaign schedules the traffic would be high hence would like design the cloud architecture such that website experience to the end-users should not be slow on campaigns schedule.
1.Please suggest what to choose in Google cloud platform, to achieve website (word press/Drupal ) application load balancing and auto-scaling. Without load balancing can we still go for auto-scaling.
2.If we go for auto-scaling should we have to separately avail High availability OR does auto-scaling includes application load balancing and High availability.
please help, thanks in advance.
Hi Experts

Could you point what's needed to run a script when using "Firebase" cloud app?

I need to insert a large set of lines  on a firebase table and need a way to run a script to do the task.

Thanks in advance!
Does anyone know the pricing structure for Okta vs Azure?  I know Azure is per user per month or year.
What about Okta?  Is it more expensive?  
Wonder if anyone did apple to apple price comparisons.
Application support and provisioning is questionable.  Eventho Okta saying they have 5000 built-in integrations.  Not sure about that.
Thanks in Advance!

I have a customer that has a very small environment with 1 windows server with AD on it.  (about 10-15 users and most of them remote).
They don't have the funds for a second DC, currently, i have backups of file level and am using windows server backup for image backups.  
was thinking about this scenario  but wanted to run it by the experts to get their thoughts on it:     would like to create an Active directory server in the cloud that can, 1. sync with the onprem AD (so we have a copy of ACTIVE Directory in the cloud).   or 2. sync once a day while firing up the cloud server to allow syncing and then turn it off---to save on cost--incase cost is an issue.   3. have a scenario where the remote users can authenticate and not use cached profiles (besides using vpn).

question on the above scenario:   I'm sure Im not the first one thinking about this scenario---wanted to get your thoughts on how you guys are handling it for small businesses.
We are moving some of our apps/systems to the cloud.
However, some vendors for the cloud projects came back to
say that the OS is a stripped down Linux which is hardened
& that it's not applicable to install/run AV.

In view of high profile attacks and audit requirements, I
loathe to raise exemption/deviation even if the cloud VM
is not accessible to public (ie firewalled to our corporate
only).  I noticed that AWS & another vendor that uses VM
on WIndows guest offers AV

Is there a quick/easy way for me to verify that the 'strip-
down Linux OS' the vendor uses in the cloud truly could
not support AV?  Guess by running 'uname -a' is not
enough.  Or is there a script for me to verify?
Or can I verify by checking what are the past patches
they had been applying?  If it's all RedHat/Rhel patches
then, it's just simply a hardened RHEL which should
support many AV

What are the usual audit requirements for AV for a custom
Linux VM in the cloud?  Don't really need an AV under what

If it's truly a stripped-down Linux say based on CentOS or
FreeBSD, can I assess the patch requirements based on
CentOS & FreeBSD?  I recall when running a VA scan
against a PABX that's based on RHEL, all vulnerabilities
for RHEL are applicable & the PABX vendor produces
the patches though they are behind RedHat by a few
months in coming out with the patches.

This reminds me of IOT, many of which are appliances
that customizes their OS from …
I have created an VM in  Azure cloud with MSDN subscription in SEAsia datacenter. I have the PAYG subscription now . How I can move the VM from SEAsia datacenter to Australian DC .
 ( I see some links in the web . But Is there a reliable recent one you have tested )
I would like to download all photos from the iCloud to my Windows 7 PC
How can I get all my photos off iCloud (empty) and store them on my PC?
I am looking for those who worked with/in Banking sector to share:
- Some of the innovative usage/trends of cloud?
- How are Banks using cloud today? (In addition to lift and shift IaaS)
- Have Banks started looking at moving some of the mainframe to cloud?
- Open Banking? How does that fit in with cloud?
- Cloud Security Services?
- RPA in cloud?

Any shared experiences are greatly helpful and appreciated.

Greetings EE'ers,

For testing and educational purposes, I run VMWare Player on my computer and put various Windows and Linux VM's in it.  I'd like to move that to the cloud so that I can access them easily, and not have to provide all of those hardware resources on my workstation.

What is a good low cost service that I can put test Windows and Linux VM's in the cloud or similar?
I have been struggling for a couple of months now with what I thought would be a simple problem.

I have an external drive which I use to store files i use weekly, that obviously change weekly. I want to back the drive up to the so-called cloud so I have a safe (I hope) off-site backup.

Now, here's the important thing for me: I want to be able to EASILY save the data that has changed since last week (and any new files that have come along). Can I "tell" the backup to just change the changed data and add the new files, or do I have to let it fly and back up EVERYTHING, including "re-saving" older files that are already part of the backed-up files?

I've looked at the how-to for a few cloud services and seem to have a talent for choosing the ones that are built BY techs FOR techs...and that's not me. Heck, I wouldn't be offended to be considered just another dumb user!

YOU'RE the help me, OK?

I'm currently working in AWS and trying to use a Lambda function to automate the creation of my AMIs. I'm doing this via the use of the Python script below, but when I test it it returns an error. Can anyone shed any light on what I should be looking at please?


import boto3
import collections
import datetime
import sys
import pprint

ec = boto3.client('ec2')
#image = ec.Image('id')

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

    instances = sum(
            [i for i in r['Instances']]
            for r in reservations
        ], [])

    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:
        #        continue
        #    vol_id = dev['Ebs']['VolumeId']
        #    print "Found EBS volume %s on instance %s" % (
        #        vol_id, instance['InstanceId'])

            #snap = ec.create_snapshot(
            #    VolumeId=vol_id,
I read in one site that IT documents can be classified as
1. Policies    (I think this one requires very senior mgmt approval & non-adherences have to recorded into deviation list for regular review )
2. Standards (this one needs deviation list too if non-compliant)
3. Procedure (sort of instructional doc)
4. Guidelines (don't need to be adhered to strictly, just for guidance & allows for non-adherences without maintaining deviations)
5. Framework
(guess there are more, say "Checklists" but I'm excluding manuals & handbooks)

There's some debates as to whether to classify the following into one of the above categories:

1. Cloud Computing Implmentation :
    A list of how to assess a CSP & requirements for onboarding a system to a cloud
    I think it's "Guidelines" as googling around for “Cloud Onboarding”, shows mostly it’s a guide.
    Depending on the criticality of the system that is onboarded to Cloud, the requirements may differ

2.      Risk Assessment for Cloud Solution Sample :
        Classify as  Checklist (or if there’s no such category, then a Procedure)

3.       End User Computing Handbook  v1.5 :
         I think it's a Guideline or Guide

What about Framework?  Does ISO27001 has any mention of how to classify them?
how can i set up 2 subents in AWS and be able to route between them ?

NACLs? subents confing , etc??

i have never done this before  and very very new to AWS
I'm looking for samples/templates/checklists that cover the following 3 areas:
anyone can point me to the sources or share?  Planning to host some apps in AWS

• Recommended Due Diligence Activities – specifies the necessary due diligence
to be done in selecting cloud service provider.

• Recommended Key Controls for Cloud Outsourcing Arrangement – Highlights
list of recommended controls that Cloud Service Provider (CSP) should have in
place. Projects/Systems with specific needs should liaise with their CSP to
implement any additional specific requirements.

• Cloud Risk Management – highlights the potential risks of cloud and the
measures to be taken to mitigate risks.
Hi, we are rolling out servers to Azure, we want to design a DR strategy in case Azure is down, what do you guys recommend?
I am looking for alternatives to AWS for cloud hosting.

We have a smaller client that is looking to move 3 Windows virtual machines to a cloud hosted solution, so AWS may be overkill.

We are also looking at Rackspace and US Signal as alternatives.

Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


I have created a VM in Azure cloud and created a website in it.   (Windows 2016 Datacenter server . IIS site)  .  I can access a website in VM using IP .  ( LIke . This need to be accessed by many users within my customer's company .  So what should be done ( Either at Azure or at the customer company ) for the site to be available by name instead of IP   like http://MyApp/Mysite  ( I don't want the to join www like  . This is to be available in just the company intranet)  

I know on an individual level, I can do the hostname mapping  in the host file.  But I am looking at a company level solution
1.  I  am looking for a latest AWS Poster showing all the major services to include brief explanation, with possible examples.  If Icons are also included it will be good.

2. What is the best easy to understand and remember all the AWS services.  Any helpful link will be appreciated.

Thank you.
I'm looking for an app or method to download & save all iPhone X voicemails to my Windows X computer so that they will be saved before I delete them.

Or if there is another way of downloading them to One Drive, Box, or Dropbox on my iPhone X.

How can this be done?
I have a  windows 2016 Datacenter VM created in Azure cloud .  Also I have  some installers uploaded to the  new storage Account I created ( Path is Storage Account -> DemoStorage-Blobs->  dbfile->Installers)  
How can I get the Installers I uploaded into  the VM I created in cloud

I tried the following video for mapping network drive   It maps my demo storage account . But I don't see any file in it
 The video I tried is here

( I am using MSDN subscription for azure)
We were recommend spiceworks for our help service desk.  We understand we can have our office staff all connected with no problem.  However, we wanted if any EE with experience with tool can help us in the following:

  • How viable would be to have also some our clients connect to spicework to place ticket-request?
  • If ok to have clients connect, any security issue as to a client can have access to our system?
  • Can spicework used to assign task to a group of users?
  • Finally, can we also include inventory of our tech in the help desk?

Thank you in advance.
I'm assisting with the re-deployment of an online store that gets a few thousand visitors a day, lots of traffic.  The problem is, the current hosting seems to have issues.  We lose DB connection, slow performance, etc.  The store requires a dedicated server.  What are the best hosting options?  Should the hosting be cloud based?
I'm a current office 365 subscriber interested in purchasing more One Drive for Business storage space (above the 1TB limit that I currently have) to store Veeam Server 2016 backups in the cloud.

What website resources are available that describe how much more it will cost to purchase additional Office 365 One Drive for Business storage space?
Great day experts,
I hope all is doing well. I was wondering does anyone know of any Cloud labs books or software that would give you a step by step that I can purchase?

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.