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AWS Webcast - Implementing Windows and SQL Server with High Availability on AWS
 

AWS Webcast - Implementing Windows and SQL Server with High Availability on AWS

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Please join us as an AWS Solution Architect discusses high availability features for Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server running on the AWS Cloud. Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) and SQL ...

Please join us as an AWS Solution Architect discusses high availability features for Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server running on the AWS Cloud. Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) and SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups are part of the underpinnings for many enterprise-class solutions, including Microsoft SharePoint and .NET applications. This webinar is designed for a technical audience.

In this webinar you will learn to:
• Deploy the virtual network infrastructure on multiple subnets
• Launch Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) of Windows Server 2008 R2
• Set up Active Directory and DNS
• Launch and configure the WSFC nodes
• Create a SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group

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    AWS Webcast - Implementing Windows and SQL Server with High Availability on AWS AWS Webcast - Implementing Windows and SQL Server with High Availability on AWS Presentation Transcript

    • Implementing Windows and SQL Server for High Availability on AWS Presented by Miles Ward Content by David Pae & Ulf Schoo Deck by Colin White 1
    • Before You Get Started This is an advanced topic. If you are new to AWS, please visit the “Getting Started with AWS” section of the documentation. You should also be familiar with the following: • Amazon EC2 • • • • • Amazon VPC Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 Windows Server Active Directory and DNS Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups 2
    • Introduction The goal of a high availability configuration is to protect from failure of a single instance. This guide discusses architectural considerations and configuration steps when launching the necessary AWS services to run WSFC across different subnets and Availability Zones, and also provides instructions for installing and configuring WSFC and an AlwaysOn Availability Group. We also provide you with two sample AWS CloudFormation templates to help deploy the necessary infrastructure predictably and repeatedly. Implementing a WSFC cluster and AlwaysOn Availability Group in the AWS cloud is not different from deploying on-premises as long as two requirements are met: • Deploy the cluster nodes inside a VPC • Put WSFC cluster nodes in separate subnets This presentation gives an overview of the process to create the example solution. It does not outline each step. For the detailed overview, please consult the whitepaper available here: http://aws.amazon.com/whitepapers/microsoft-wsfc-sql-alwayson/ 3
    • Microsoft Platform on AWS Microsoft “License Mobility through Software Assurance” gives Microsoft Volume Licensing customers the flexibility to deploy Windows Server applications with active Software Assurance (SA) on Amazon Web Services. • Partnership to support running Windows Server-based workloads on AWS • Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) with Windows Server and SQL Server today that were jointly developed by Microsoft and AWS • SharePoint Server and other Microsoft server products can be licensed to run on AWS *General info on AWS and License Mobility for a variety of MS server products: http://aws.amazon.com/windows/mslicensemobility/ Two licensing models: Pay-as-you-go – AMI pricing includes software BYOL – use existing licenses on AWS •Windows Server •SQL Server Standard •SQL Server Enterprise •SharePoint Server •Other qualifying Microsoft Windows Server products* Detail on AWS and License Mobility with SQL Server: http://aws.amazon.com/windows/mslicensemobility/sql/ 4
    • Summary – What You Will Learn Part 1 Configure the Virtual Network and Active Directory Infrastructure Part 2 Launch the WSFC Cluster Nodes Part 3 Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 5
    • Summary – What You Will Build One Amazon VPC Per Availability Zone • 4 private subnets and 1 public subnet One public route • 1 private route • 1 Windows Server 2008 R2–based Remote Desktop Gateway instance • 1 Linux-based NAT instance to enable administrative ingress and egress One Internet Gateway Security Groups • 2 Elastic IP Addresses associated with the NAT and RDGW instances • 1 Windows Server 2008 R2–based instance to host the Active Directory • 1 Windows Server 2008 R2–based instance to host the WSFC Node and SQL Server 2012 Instance to control the secure flow of traffic between the instances deployed in the Amazon VPC 6
    • see whitepaper for high resolution diagram 7
    • Part 1: Configure the Virtual Network and Active Directory Infrastructure 8
    • Introduction Let’s start with the necessary infrastructure and virtual network setup to provide the environment in which you instantiate and configure your servers and database. WSFC provides infrastructure features that complement the high availability and disaster recovery scenarios supported in the AWS cloud. Amazon EC2 provides the ability to place instances in multiple locations, composed of Availability Zones and regions. Regions are dispersed and located in separate geographic areas. Availability Zones are distinct locations within a region that are engineered to be isolated from failures in other Availability Zones. We provide two sample AWS CloudFormation templates to help you deploy the necessary and correctly configured infrastructure predictably and repeatedly. Part 1: Configure the Virtual Network and Active Directory Infrastructure 9
    • Scripted Deployment Sample Template-1 allows for customization of 23 defined parameters: KeyPairName ADServer1InstanceType ADServer2InstanceType ADServer1NetBIOSName ADServer2NetBIOSName ADServer1PrivateIp ADServer2PrivateIp NATInstanceType RDGWInstanceType DomainDNSName DomainNetBIOSName RestoreModePassword DomainAdminUser DomainAdminPassword SQLAdminUser SQLAdminPassword PublicSubnet1CIDR PublicSubnet2CIDR PrivateSubnet1CIDR PrivateSubnet2CIDR PrivateSubnet3CIDR PrivateSubnet4CIDR PrivateSubnet5CIDR PrivateSubnet6CIDR PrivateSubnet7CIDR PrivateSubnet8CIDR VPCCIDR Template-1 takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete all tasks default values for all parameters are included in the whitepaper 10
    • see whitepaper for high resolution diagram 11
    • Part 2: Launch the WSFC Cluster Nodes 12
    • Scripted Deployment Template-2 helps you deploy the WSFC Nodes into AWS architecture • Deploys Windows Server 2008 R2–based instances as WSFC nodes into their respective subnets • Renames the instance to a friendly NetBIOS name of your choice • Joins the Windows instances to the domain • Adds the SQL Service Account (e.g., sqlsa) to the local Administrator Group • Installs the WSFC feature • Downloads a SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition Evaluation copy onto the instance • Opens the TCP ports 1433, 1434, 4022, 5022, and 135 Part 2: Launch the WSFC Cluster Nodes Template-2 takes about 50 minutes to complete all tasks 13
    • Create the WSFC Cluster Steps to create the cluster: • Create private IP addresses for both nodes of the cluster • Test and validate configuration • Create cluster • Change to static IP and assign private addresses • Bring online • Create file share witness and set Quorum Configuration (full 29 step process outlined in the whitepaper) Part 2: Launch the WSFC Cluster Nodes 14
    • see whitepaper for high resolution diagram 15
    • Part 3: Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 16
    • Introduction The next steps are to download and install SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition from Microsoft, enable AlwaysOn high availability for your database, and create a new Availability Group. If you have chosen the scripted deployment option, the trial version of the software from the Microsoft download site is automatically added to the instance for you. Part 3: Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 17
    • Part 3 in Steps • Set Up SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition • Enable AlwaysOn High Availability • Create a Test Database or Attach an Existing Database • Create an Availability Group Part 3: Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 18
    • Part 3 in Steps • Set Up SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition • Enable AlwaysOn High Availability • Create a Test Database or Attach an Existing Database • Create an Availability Group Part 3: Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 19
    • Set Up SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition Create service account on primary Domain Controller • • • • Connect with Remote Desktop Open Server Manager Create service account Create and share replica folder Install SQL on each node • Connect with Remote Desktop • Install SQL Server • Follow wizard steps provided Part 2: Launch the WSFC Cluster Nodes 20
    • Part 3 in Steps • Set Up SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition • Enable AlwaysOn High Availability • Create a Test Database or Attach an Existing Database • Create an Availability Group Part 3: Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 21
    • Enable AlwaysOn High Availability For each cluster node: • Connect with Remote Desktop • Enable AlwaysOn Availability Groups in SQL Configuration Manager • Restart the SQL Server service MSSQLSERVER Part 3: Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 22
    • Part 3 in Steps • Set Up SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition • Enable AlwaysOn High Availability • Create a Test Database or Attach an Existing Database • Create an Availability Group Part 3: Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 23
    • Create a Test Database or Attach an Existing Database • Using SQL Server Management Studio, connect to the first cluster node (e.g., WSFCNode1) • Create a new database or attach a test database • Set the Recovery model to Full • Run a Backup Part 3: Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 24
    • Part 3 in Steps • Set Up SQL Server 2012 Enterprise Edition • Enable AlwaysOn High Availability • Create a Test Database or Attach an Existing Database • Create an Availability Group Part 3: Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 25
    • Create an Availability Group • In Object Explorer launch the New Availability Group wizard and follow it according to the guide provided • Run Windows PowerShell to adjust the Listener Host Record TTL • Connect via Remote Desktop Gateway to the Primary Domain Controller • Open Server Manager and Check DNS to ensure all availability group Listeners’ IP addresses are listed Part 3: Install a SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Group 26
    • see whitepaper for high resolution diagram 27
    • Conclusion Summary In this presentation, we gave an overview of the steps to implement the necessary infrastructure in the AWS cloud to set up and configure Windows Server Failover Clustering and SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups. The resulting sample implementation supports the following scenarios: • Protect from failure of a single instance • Provide automatic failover between the cluster nodes • Protect from failure of the instance placed in the secondary Availability Zone and automatically failover to the primary one We recommend you consult the Microsoft documentation and customize some of the steps described in this guide to deploy a solution that best meets your HA and DR needs. Testing Before putting the solution into production, you should test your deployment and familiarize yourself with the clusters behavior during a high availability automatic failover or a disaster recovery event. There is a full testing process outlined in the whitepaper. 28
    • Additional Resources Web Pages Microsoft on AWS http://aws.amazon.com/microsoft/ Windows on AWS (includes pricing) http://aws.amazon.com/windows/ Whitepapers Implementing Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clustering and SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups Exchange Server 2010 Planning and Implementation Guide Microsoft SharePoint Server on AWS: Reference Architecture SharePoint on AWS http://aws.amazon.com/windows/sharepoint/quickstart/ Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 in the AWS Cloud: Planning & Implementation Guide AWS Windows and .NET Developer Center (with sdk) http://aws.amazon.com/net/ Secure Microsoft Applications on AWS Amazon EC2 Windows Guide http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/WindowsGuide/ Microsoft Licensing http://aws.amazon.com/windows/mslicensemobility/ Covers Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, Lync, SCOM, and Dynamics. See page for specific details, including which versions are covered. Relational Database Management Systems in the Cloud: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Contact Us https://aws.amazon.com/microsoft/contact-us/ If you have either business or technical questions about running Microsoft software on AWS, please don’t hesitate to contact us. 29
    • AWS Partner Network A selection of APN members that specialize in Microsoft Exchange workloads Smartronix Booz Allen Slalom http://www.smartronix.com http://www.boozallen.com http://www.slalom.com/ AIS RDA Metalogix http://www.appliedis.com http://www.rdacorp.com http://www.metalogix.com
    • Test Drive The Test Drive program enables customers to quickly and easily explore the benefits of using Microsoft server software on AWS. Developed by APN Consulting and Technology partners, these labs are provided free of charge for demonstrational purposes. Each Test Drive lab includes up to 5 hours of complimentary AWS server time. Two Exchange test drives are highlighted, the program also includes versions for SharePoint, SQL, and storage. http://aws.amazon.com/testdrive/microsoft/ SQL Server AlwaysOn SQL Developer Lab This test lab demonstrates the high availability feature of SQL Server 2012, deployed across two Data Centers. The lab provides an intuitive web interface to visualize and validate various failover scenarios. This lab gets you up and running in a Microsoft .NET / SQL Server developer environment to show how easy it is to publish and update a site using the Microsoft platform, using VS Express for Web and the C# language. 31
    • Implementing Windows and SQL Server for High Availability on AWS Thank You 32