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 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.
We are hoping that there is a cloud backup solution for desktops that can be configured to only backup specific file types. For example, we have a small office. We want to have every file created from MS Office automatically backed up, without having to manually tell the backup software to backup the files.

Is there a cloud solution that does this?

At the least, if I select every drive partition, can I configure the software to only backup certain file types on the entire drive?
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?
We are making the jump to Azure....We currently have a SQL 2008 cluster using physical hardware in a datacenter. The application vendor has stated that they must use a specific version of SQL Server, so “SQL Database” cannot be used as we must have full control over SQL Server updates. Do we need to cluster the Windows server in Azure? I was thinking that Azure offered OS level protection and clustering was not needed.
My typical conversation with a fail over clustering (SQL FCI) goes as follows:
  • Do we need hardware level redundancy and protection? (If yes, then SQL FCI is a fit)
  • Do we need operating system level redundancy and protection (If yes, then SQL FCI is a fit)
  • If we have answered no to the above questions, this is not a fit for you as the FCI still has a single point of failure at the DB level.

We have decide to use Azure VPSs. My though was that even if we had a stand-alone SQL instance, Azure should provide protection at the hardware and OS level. I would assume we don’t need to snapshot the 1TB drive that the data and log files will live on, they can just snap the C and E drive where the OS and “Program Files” live. Some sysAdmins did make a comment of “If there is any manual intervention required to restore the OS, then we want to cluster”.

Kindly let me know your thoughts on this please and thank you.
Has anyone had success performing a tenant to tenant migration from SharePoint Online to Office 365?

I have ran across several articles stating that FastTrack for Microsoft doesn't allow tenant to tenant migration.  Other than Metalogix and Sharegate are there other 3rd party tools that others have used with success for migrating SharePoint?
Hi Experts

Could you point a strategy to access a DB that remains at AWS cloud by using Visual FoxPro?

The reason it to reuse an alrealdy developed app to do that.

Thanks in advance!
How DLP should be implemented in various SaaS solutions?

A bullet point response would be great.

XenApp 6.5 - Published applications disappears during launch.
Citrix XenApp 6.5
Windows 2008 R2
Checked all Registry setting as per above Citrix article.
Other Apps on the same server launching, but only one app not launching. It disappears during launch.
i.e While launching, all GPOs and Profile steps are completing, app screen almost visible, then after disappearing.
Please suggest.
Can you use Direct Connect to reach an AWS public IP address? We have a service that is critical to
our business that's reached via the Internet. There were some intermediary routing problems and
we couldn't reach it for a time - long latency and packet drops. Since we already have some
Direct Connects to AWS for getting to our VPC - I wondered if there was any way for me to
route traffic destined for publicly facing services with public IP addresses to be reached via
the direct connect circuits instead of the less-guaranteed Internet. Thank you for any insight.

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.