I was charged with a task of setting up a PointGuard demo.
Now, PointGuard "friendly infects" the computers on internal network and then controls them, enforcing policy rules and compliance. It has to run on a server such as Windows 2003 and it needs a good number of machines to control. How does one do this?
Obvious solution of actually having all these machines is DOA, dead on arrival.
I thought of running it on my "monster server" which has 2 Gigs of RAM. I would put the Windows 2003 on top of VMWare, and run a few VMWare Windows XP, and one machine makes a complete demo.
I have spent a couple evenings just installing Windows 2003 (the server is somewhat old and boots slow, but then "flies"). Until the idea hit me! How could I have gone on this track! All my other projects are on EC2/S3, and this one is on my own hardware! Unbelievable.
So here is the right architecture.
- Get an AMI with VNC working, so that you can work on the machine with GUI;
- Install VMWare (if not present) and install 2003 on top of that. Get a trial version for 6 months;
- Replicate 50 (our demo key only allows that many) and control the 2003 slaves through the 2003 master;
- Bring it up on demand, then shut it down.