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Cloud Computing Acceleration HowTo

 
     
     
     
   
   
     
     
   
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Below are the steps to use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud to accelerate password recovery.

The overall steps are as follows:

  • Launch Amazon EC2 Instance.
  • Run Passware Kit on your computer (Passware Kit Server).
  • Passware Amazon Agents detect and then connect to Passware Kit, and password recovery tasks are divided among Amazon instances.

Launching Amazon EC2 Instance

1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console at http://aws.amazon.com/. If you do not have an Amazon AWS account, you need to sign up first.
2. Click on the EC2 tab. At the Navigation pane, go to NETWORKING & SECURITY -> Security Groups. Select the default group.

AWS Management Console

3. Once at the default group, make a new connection rule by clicking on Inbound, selecting Custom TCP rule from the Create a new rule menu, and typing 11555 in the Port range field. Click Add Rule, then Apply Rule Changes.
4. At the Navigation pane, go to IMAGES -> AMIs. Make sure the Region is set to US East (Virginia). Select image Passware Amazon agent. To locate this image, type "passware" in the Search field in the Viewing area.

Passware Amazon Agent

5. Right-click the mouse on the image and select Launch Instance. The Request Instances Wizard window appears.
6. In the Instance Type field, select Cluster GPU from the pull-down menu. Click Continue.
7. In the Placement Group field, select Create new placement group... and type any name for the new group. In the User Data field, type your own authentication key.

NOTE: By specifying an authentication key, you secure the Instance so that no other user can connect to Passware Amazon Agent. Click Continue.

Amazon Authentication Key

8. Skip the next window by clicking Continue.
9. At Create Key Pair, select Proceed without a Key Pair. Click Continue.
10. At Configure Firewall, select the default Security Group. Click Continue.
11. At Review verify all the fields and click Launch.
12. The Amazon EC2 Instance is now launched.

Amazon Instance Launched

NOTE: After you finish the password recovery process, stop the Instance in AWS Management Console. Go to the EC2 tab, click on Instances in the Navigation pane, and select Stop from the right-click menu of the running Instance. Sign out from the AWS Management Console.

Amazon Instance Stopped

Now that you have launched the Amazon EC2 Instance, you are ready to recover the password with Passware Kit.

Running Passware Kit and Recovering the Password

1. Launch Passware Kit and click Tools | Options.
2. Click the Enable Distributed Password Recovery checkbox. The Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud group appears.
3. Click the Enable Password Recovery on Amazon EC2 checkbox.
4. In the Instance public DNS field paste the value copied from the AWS Management Console. (To see this value in AWS Management Console, go to the EC2 tab, click on Instances in the Navigation pane, then click on the running instance. Copy the value of the Public DNS field from the Instance Description.) The DNS value should look like this: ec2-xxx-xxx-xxx-xxx.compute-1.amazonaws.com.
5. In the Instance authentication key field, paste the value copied from the AWS Management Console. (To see this value in AWS Management Console, go to the EC2 tab, click on Instances in the Navigation pane, right-mouse click on the running instance, and click on View/Change User Data. Copy the value of the User Data field, which is used as your authentication key.)

Amazon Instance Settings

6. Click OK.
7. Click Recover File Password and select a file to process. At the following screen, choose one of the three options to specify password settings.

Passware Kit Server

8. The password recovery process starts.
9. The Log tab displays all the Passware Amazon Agents detected over the network. Status Connected to Passware Amazon Agent means that this Passware Amazon Agent is connected to Passware Kit and is running the current password recovery task.

Cloud Accelerated Password Recovery

Now your password is being recovered using the power of cloud computing!

NOTE: After you finish the password recovery process, stop the Instance in AWS Management Console. Go to the EC2 tab, click on Instances in the Navigation pane, and select Stop from the right-click menu of the running Instance. Sign out from the AWS Management Console.

Amazon Instance Stopped

 
 
 
 
     
   
     
   
     
   
     
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