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
Chapter 1 To the Cloud!
Who I Think You Are and Why I Think You Care
Introducing Amazon Web Services
The Plan of Attack
Setting Up the Domain and DNS
Setting Up Your Security Credentials
Setting Up Your First Virtual Private Cloud
Standing Up Your First Server Instance
Understanding and Configuring Your VPN Server
Your New Topology
Chapter 2 Directories, Controllers, and Authorities—Oh My!
So Young for Such a Big Promotion!
Configuring the Default VPC DHCP to Play Nice with Your New Domain
Creating Your Own Certificate Authority
Chapter 3 Let There Be Email!
Setting Up the Instance
Configuring Your New Mail Beast for Incoming Messages
Configuring Outgoing Mail
Telling the Outside World About Yourself
Chapter 4 Doing Things the Easy Way
Introducing the EC2 API Command Line Tools
Downloading, Installing, and Configuring the Tools
Downloading and Importing a Test Image
Cleaning Up and Wrapping Up
Chapter 5 Do You Have Some Time to Chat?
Chat? Really? Isn’t That So 1990s?
One Standard to Rule Them All
Configuring the Network
Installing and Configuring Your XMPP Client
Chapter 6 The Voice of a New Generation
Picking and Installing a PBX Package
Making VoIP Calls
Chapter 7 Keeping Your Network Fit, Trim, and Healthy
Dave started his career designing and developing software applications and information systems to carry sensitive data over both wired and wireless networks for clients such as the U.S. Army, the Treasury Department, the Secret Service, and the National Guard Bureau. For his work, Dave received a civilian commendation from the U.S. Army.
In 1997, Dave founded one of the first business divisions in the U.S. to develop custom applications for the Palm. His success at developing a solution for synching data between handheld devices and corporate back-end systems led to the creation of RiverBed Technologies in 1998. Riverbed's Scout™ software was eventually licensed to nearly every major manufacturer of handheld devices in the world. In 2000, Dave was named a Mobile Innovator of the Year by Mobile Computing Magazine.
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend