[VIDEO] Setting Up Your Cloud Server

If you are thinking about testing the Cloud Servers platform or have already opened an account but are unsure of where to go next, this video is for you. I wanted to take the introduction video a step further and actually login to a newly created server and perform all the initial configurations to show you how easy it can be. If you are not familiar with the command line at all it can be a bit tough to get started, but the Rackspace Cloud offers tons of great help articles to get you going and there are some great books out there to reference as well. Once you get the basics down and do it a few times it will become like second nature.

You can follow along with the video or you can reference this KB article which follows the same basic steps I demonstrate in the video. In this tutorial we are launching a Cloud Server running Debian 5.0 Lenny.

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[VIDEO] Rackspace Cloud iPhone App For Cloud Servers & Files

If you use Cloud Servers or Cloud Files from the Rackspace Cloud and have an iPhone you definitely need to download the iPhone application for these platforms. It offers a very powerful set of features and options to manage your account including adding new servers, resizing existing servers, rebooting, SSH access, resource monitoring for Cloud Servers and for Cloud Files you can easily list all of your containers and drill down on the content inside, preview content and even email an HTTP url or the file itself directly from your iPhone.

Check out this brief live demonstration I created:

[VIDEO] Installing Drupal 6 on Cloud Sites

Yesterday I posted a video tutorial covering how to install WordPress on the Rackspace Cloud Sites platform. This video was a huge hit so I wanted to put together another one showing another extremely popular platform deployed onto Cloud Sites, Drupal.

I’ve used Drupal personally for many years on various projects and it is by far my favorite CMS platform for a variety of reasons, most of which revolve around the massive community. Watch the video for a step-by-step walk through with some quick performance notes as well which will ensure your Drupal site runs and scales smoothly within the Cloud and uses as few resources along the way as possible.

If you have any feedback or ideas for other video tutorials please leave me a comment or drop me a line on Twitter (@ckeck).

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Installing WordPress On Cloud Sites + CDN Support

WordPress is probably the most popular web application we encounter running on Cloud Sites at the Rackspace Cloud and arguably one of the most widely used web apps across the board. I’ve put together a 12 minute video walking you through the installation, setup and configuration process for WordPress on Cloud Sites. I also show the steps for easily enabling clean URLs and uploading the famous CDN Tools WordPress plugin which automatically side loads all of your static content to Cloud Files and serves it over the Limelight CDN, all behind the scenes.

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Rackspace Cloud Webinar Recording

Every Wednesday at 1:00PM CST I deliver a public webinar all about the Rackspace Cloud and our different platforms (Cloud Servers, Cloud Sites and Cloud Files). This webinar is open to anyone who wishes to attend and provides a great high-level overview and live demonstrations of the platforms and the control panel. This is usually followed up by some great Q&A from the participants. Because so many find this a useful overview I wanted to share a recording that you can watch and reference anytime. Click the image below to launch the video:

The Rackspace Cloud Webinar

If you would like to register for a future webinar visit this page and sign-up for a date that works for you.

Feel free to comment with any suggestions for future webinars if there is something else you would like to see.