Posts Tagged Windows Server 2008

Can I connect to an amazon instance and create more instances?

Can I connect to an amazon instance and create more instances? I have heard this question several times now and the answer is yes. You are limited to running 20 On-Demand and 100 Spot Instances per region with Amazon EC2. If that not enough for you then you’ll need to file a Request to Increase the EC2 Instance Limit, to use more instances.

Each instance is basically a virtual machine running on amazons infrastructure, and each instance is allocated its own address allowing you to connect to it. Because each instance runs independently you can connect to as many as you want simultaneously. Read the rest of this entry »

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Running an Amazon EC2 Windows Instance

Cloud ComputingHello, first what is Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)? Well you can think of it as having your own server running in one of amazons ever increasing server farms. Or as amazon put it

“Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.”

Basically amazon will rent you a computer, or as they call it an instance, in one of their data centres and charge you by the hour for it, prices range from $0.09 to $2.88 per hour, depending on the instance type you want to use. Once your instance is up and running you can control is in the same way you would any server, via Remote Desktop for Windows or SHH for Linux, depending on how you think. This means you can setup any server from automated remote backup systems to web servers and have it run on Amazons highly efficient infrastructure.

So how about it, you fancy running one of these servers. There’s nothing to lose I’ll talk you through a simple Windows Server setup, and so long as you shut it down after an hour it will only cost you 12 cents, you can’t complain about that. Read the rest of this entry »

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