Building a Windows IT Infrastructure in the Cloud
Distributed Hosted Environments with AWS
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: September 2012
Pages: 186

Run your entire corporate IT infrastructure in a cloud environment that you control completely—and do it inexpensively and securely with help from this hands-on book. All you need to get started is basic IT experience.

You’ll learn how to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) to build a private Windows domain, complete with Active Directory, enterprise email, instant messaging, IP telephony, automated management, and other services. By the end of the book, you’ll have a fully functioning IT infrastructure you can operate for less than $300 per month.

  • Learn about Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) and other AWS tools you’ll use
  • Create a Windows domain and set up a DNS management system
  • Install Active Directory and a Windows Primary Domain Controller
  • Use Microsoft Exchange to set up an enterprise email service
  • Import existing Windows Server-based virtual machines into your VPC
  • Set up an enterprise-class chat/IM service, using the XMPP protocol
  • Install and configure a VoIP PBX telephony system with Asterisk and FreePBX
  • Keep your network running smoothly with automated backup and restore, intrusion detection, and fault alerting
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Comments about oreilly Building a Windows IT Infrastructure in the Cloud:

This book does a splendid job in describing the Amazon cloud products that can be used to provide IT infrastructure in the cloud.

The critical components of IT infrastructure such as DNS, Directory services, Mail, Voice and Instant messaging are covered.

The author takes you step by step through configuring software and cloud components to provide the above services.

The downside is the author makes sweeping factually incorrect statements like he states that there are no free fully featured IPSEC implementations, and yet projects like Strongswan exist which have basically implemented very RFC that exists for IPSEC.

The other glaring omission on his part is the connection of the LAN clients to the systems in the cloud, the VPN setup in the book is a host to host VPN. This basically means you have IT infrastructure that is marooned in the cloud with no clear way to access it from a LAN for say domain logon.

If you are investigating moving your infrastructure to the cloud i would recommend you read it, but note that you will need to do your own homework on how you connect your local users on the LAN to the systems in the cloud.

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