AWS Windows Instance Set Up: Wrapping Up

This video is the last part in a series of videos that show how to set up a Windows virtual machine (instance) using Amazon Web Services and then provision it with Python and R (and some additional software) so that it can serve as a platform for doing some data science. In this video I do some checking to see whether or not the software we installed in the last video works and I also show how to create an AWS AMI (Amazon Machine Image) which will allow new instances to be launched that are already fully provisioned (and also serves as a back-up of the work done provisioning the instance).

See the previous video in this series for instructions on installing the software.

The video is about 15 minutes long.

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Changes/Corrections

At time 1:28, the video discusses moving from the Start Screen to the All Apps screen. As discussed in the Step 3 video, the method shown in this video is obsolete and replaced by a small white arrow in a circle at the bottom left of the Start Screen.

Video Index

Time Topic
00:00Title Slide
00:03Introduction
00:43Toggle between the Start Screen and Desktop using the Windows Key
01:09Tiles on the Start Screen for the New Software
01:28Show the “All Apps” Screen
02:00Check that the ClamWin programs are installed
02:18Check that the ClamSentinel programs are installed
02:29Check that the Anaconda Python programs are installed
03:00Check that the R programs are installed
03:29Check that the Rstudio program is installed
03:36Check that the CYGWIN program is installed
04:20Return to the Start Screen
04:27Launch the Anaconda Python Command Prompt
05:05Launch the Spyder IDE
05:45Launch Rstudio
06:24Launch CYGWIN
07:31What to do if there is a problem
07:50Uninstall programs — Open the Control Panel
08:04Open Uninstall Programs
08:26After uninstall, may need to remove program folder
08:50Launch file explorer and navigate to the C: drive
08:56The location of the Anaconda Python and CYGWIN program folders
09:05Should remove Anaconda Python and CYGWIN folders when uninstalling and then reinstalling these programs
09:18Location of the R and Rstudio program folders
09:25May need to remove the R and Rstudio folders when reinstalling these programs
09:36Turn off virus software when installing or reinstalling the software
09:43Turning off ClamSentinel
09:59Logging out of the Windows Instance
10:25EC2 Dashboard and Instances Dashboard
11:01Identifying your instance
11:27Good idea to create an AMI (Amazon Machine Image)
11:52Select the instance
12:20Create the AMI (Amazon Machine Image)
12:30Name and describe the image
13:16Navigate to the AMI (under Images)
13:44Image serves as a backup
14:10Conclusion

AWS Windows Instance Set Up Step 3: Connecting to an AWS Windows Instance

This video is part 3 in a series of 5 videos that show how to set up a Windows virtual machine (instance) using Amazon Web Services and then provision it with Python and R (and some additional software) so that it can serve as a platform for doing some data science. In this video I show how to connect to an Windows instance at AWS from a Windows compute using Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection.

Note: Microsoft Remote Desktop Connections clients exist for most operating systems including for Mac, iPad, and Linux. If you are not using a Windows computer to connect to the instance, after watching this video, you should be able to set up a client for you own computer without much trouble. Important for Mac OS X users: Use the Remote Desktop App that you can obtain from the Apple App Store.

The video is about 17 minutes long.

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Changes/Corrections

Starting at time 14:06 in the video, I explain how to move from the Start Screen to the screen that lists all of the Apps. This has changed in more recent versions of Windows 8. Now, at the bottom of the Start Screen on the left-hand side is a small white arrow in a white circle that takes you to the page of all the Apps. This is much more intuitive and easier than the right-clicking approach discussed in the video. Click here to see an image of the updated Start Page.

Video Index

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Time Topic
00:00Title Slide
00:03Introduction
00:23EC2 Table of Instances
01:02Navigate to the EC2 Instance Table
02:08Review Information Saved in the Instance Folder
04:28Select Instance in the EC2 Instance Table
04:38The “Connect” Button
04:41The “Connect to Your Instance” Dialog
04:46The “Download Remote Desktop File” Button
05:19The Remote Desktop File default name is the IP number
06:04The “Get Password” Button
06:25Input the Key Pair Information from the .pem file
07:03The Private Key
07:22Decrypting the password
07:34Save the password in the Instance Data Excel file
08:03Close the “Connect to Your Instance” dialog
08:18Run the .rdp file for the instance
08:39Ignore the warning
08:48Login name and password
09:24Ignore the certificate warning and click “Yes”
09:37Instance Windows 8 Start Screen
10:24Return to the local computer
10:35Reduce the Remote Desktop Protocol from fullscreen to a Window
10:53Minimize the Remote Desktop Connect to the local computer taskbar
11:05Return to the AWS Windows Instance
11:29Move the Remote Desktop Protocol top bar around
11:38Windows 8 Start Screen
11:46In Windows 8, the Start Screen replaces the Start Menu
11:47Windows 8 Programs List
12:11Brief Introduction to Windows 8
12:21Moving between the Start Screen and the Desktop
12:07Programs are now called “Apps”
12:28Moving to the Desktop using the Desktop Tile on the Start Screen
12:36Using the Windows Key
13:02Move to the Windows 8 Start Screen using the Windows Key
13:15Move back to the Desktop using the Windows Key
13:21Move back to the Windows 8 Start Screen
13:25Expose the Charms (including the Settings)
13:41Show the Settings Menu including the Power Button
14:00Hide the Setting Menu
14:06Showing the “All Apps” Page
15:13Return to the Start Screen from the All Apps page using the Windows Key
15:19Determine the disk size and available disk space.
15:39Switch to the Desktop
15:41Open File Explorer
15:46Switch to the Computer folder
15:53Disk C size and space available
16:02Conclusion

Next Video: Step 4 — Provisioning the Instance

AWS Windows Instance Set Up Step 2: Launching a Windows Instance

This video is part 2 in a series of 5 videos that show how to set up a Windows virtual machine (instance) using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and then provision it with Python and R (and some additional software) so that it can serve as a platform for doing some data science. In this video I show how to launch a Windows instance using AWS.

The video is about 20 minutes long.

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Changes/Corrections

  • The section of the video from time 3:57 to 4:55 is obsolete and can be ignored. This section of the video begins with a pop-up dialog that is titled “Boot from General Purpose SSD.” General purpose SSD is now the default and your virtual instance will automatically have a 30GB SSD drive. You will not be prompted as shown in the video.
  • The Actions menu which appears in the video at time 13:16 has changed. The large number of items in the old menu have been consolidated into groups in the new menu. Specifically, the Actions category of the old menu has now been changed to the Instance State menu item which leads to a sub-menu with the items Start, Stop, Reboot, and Terminate.

Video Index

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Time Topic
00:00Title Slide
00:04Introduction
00:33Navigating to AWS
00:50Loggin in to AWS
01:21Page of Links to All AWS Services
01:31Navigating to the page of AWS Sevices if already logged in
01:44EC2 link and dashboard
02:05Launch instance button
02:13List of Image Types (Amazon Machine Images)
02:30Scroll to MS Windows Server 2012 R2 Base image (Free Tier Eligible)
03:24Choose instance types
04:00Select device types (SSD 30GB)
04:57Security Issues
05:30IAM (Identity and Access Management) – Accept Defaults
06:08A Secure Connection requires a Key Pair
06:40Create a new key pair
07:52Create a folder on the local computer for the key pair
09:53Download the key pair
10:45Launch the instance
10:52Launch status – initializing
11:19Instance console
12:42Give the instance a name
13:11Action Menu (Terminate, Reboot, Stop, and Start)
13:36Select and Instance for the Action
14:53Instance state is “running”
15:08Time delay in launching an instance
15:22Save the data about an instance
18:40Instance IP and DNS Name can change on stop and start
19:13Conclusion

Next Video: Step 3 — Connecting to the Instance

AWS Windows Instance Set Up Introduction

This video provides a brief introduction to a series of 5 videos that follow which show how to set up a Windows virtual machine (instance) using Amazon Web Services and then provision it with Python and R (and some additional software) so that it can serve as a platform for doing some data science.

The video is a little less than 2 minutes long.

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Next Video: Step 1 — Setting Up an AWS Account