AWS Webcast - Running Windows Server on the AWS Cloud


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Discussion of the steps required to build, migrate, or deploy Windows Server solutions on AWS, including the various options for running Windows Server-based technologies, such as ASP.NET, SharePoint Server, and SQL Server, on the AWS Cloud. Features the latest technical guidance and implementation materials from AWS, such as AWS CloudFormation Templates, which assist you in architecting solutions with best practices for security, scalability, and high availability.

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AWS Webcast - Running Windows Server on the AWS Cloud

  1. 1. Running Windows Server on the AWS Cloud Kevin Wittkopf Sr. Manager, Ecosystem Solutions Architect
  2. 2. Agenda • AWS Overview • Running Windows and SQL Server on AWS • Implementing Microsoft solutions on the AWS cloud
  3. 3. What is Amazon Web Services? Amazon Web Services offers a complete set of infrastructure and application services that enable you to run virtually everything in the cloud: from websites and mobile apps, to big data projects and enterprise applications. Today, hundreds of thousands of customers of all sizes take advantage of these services in nearly every industry, including healthcare, media, financial services, insurance, internet, real estate, retail, education and the public sector. Our on-demand, scalable, and easy-to-use web services help you take advantage of the six main benefits of Cloud Computing.
  4. 4. Key Benefits to Running in the AWS Cloud No Up-Front Investment Apps not Ops Flexible Capacity Speed and Agility Low Ongoing Cost Deploy Global Reach
  5. 5. AWS Global Infrastructure 9 Regions 25 Availability Zones Continuous Expansion
  6. 6. The AWS Cloud Low-level building blocks High-level building blocks Tools to access services Cross Service features
  7. 7. Key AWS Services AMI Virtual Machine Configuration Instance Running or Stopped VM VPC EC2 “Classic” Availability Zone Availability Zone S3 EBS EBS EBS VPC EC2 “Classic” EBS EBS EBS EBS Snapshots S3 Buckets Region
  8. 8. EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 EC2 S3 S3 S3 S3 S3 S3 Public Cloud Secure VPN over Internet Multiple Subnets Corporate Router VPN Gateway Physical Data Center Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Extends Your Data Center IP Addresses Not Advertised to Internet
  9. 9. On-Demand Pay for compute capacity by the hour with no long-term commitments For spiky workloads, or to define needs Many Purchase Models to Support Different Needs Reserved Make a low, one-time payment and receive a significant discount on the hourly charge For committed utilization Spot Bid for unused capacity, charged at a Spot Price which fluctuates based on supply and demand For time-insensitive or transient workloads Dedicated Launch instances within Amazon VPC that run on hardware dedicated to a single customer For highly sensitive or compliance related workloads Free Tier Get Started on AWS with free usage & no commitment For POCs and getting started
  10. 10. AWS provides pre-configured Windows & SQL Server AMI’s to start running fully supported virtual machines in minutes
  11. 11. *Prices subject to (typically downward) change Windows and SQL Server By The Hour
  12. 12. Improve Agility & Time-to-Market Deploy Microsoft software in minutes on production-class hardware Try several Microsoft solutions in parallel with no risk Reduce infrastructure costs No need to pre-allocate hardware budgets. Pay as you go. Pay for only what you use No unused capacity Turn off capacity when it is not being used Align IT infrastructure to the way business operates Scale up during one off events, during month and year end Scale down during slow times Leverage your Microsoft investment SharePoint Server and other Microsoft server products can be licensed to run on AWS Business Value of Microsoft on AWS Deploy
  13. 13. • Full, real, licensed Windows Server OS – 2003, 2008, 2008r2, 2012 all via our Microsoft SPLA licensing means no CALs required – SQL Server Standard via SPLA as well • VPC for static, user-defined networks • Security groups for easy-to-configure firewalls per VM • Easily install services that you know – AD, ADFS, SCOM, WSUS, SQL, MS Exchange, SharePoint, etc. Utilize Your Existing Windows Skill-Set and AWS
  14. 14. Microsoft Licensing Models on AWS • 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 Two licensing models: •Windows Server •SQL Server Standard Pay-as-you-go – AMI pricing includes software •SQL Server Enterprise •SharePoint Server •Other qualifying Microsoft Windows Server products* BYOL – use existing licenses on AWS *General info on AWS and License Mobility for a variety of MS server products: Detail on AWS and License Mobility with SQL Server: 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. 14
  15. 15. Options for Running SQL Server on AWS SQL Server on Amazon EC2 • License Included or (BYOL) • Use provided AMIs or install on EC2 (same licensing) • Full SQL setup, tools, administration, etc. • User will need to do all the work such as EBS configuration/tuning, Patch management, DR (snapshots, recovery), HA setup and Maintenance Amazon Relational Database Service – SQL • License Included – SQL Express, Web, Standard or BYOL – Standard, Enterprise • Fully managed RDBMS service • Automated maintenance, patch management • Built-in DR – Automated backup & recovery • EBS tuned – up to 30,000 IOPS using PIOPS EBS • Support for SQL Agent & Tuning Advisor • Diagnostics, CloudWatch metrics • Tune engine parameters • No shell, super user, or direct file system access
  16. 16. Windows + SQL AMIs • Over 20 Amazon published Microsoft Windows and SQL Server AMIs • Windows Server 2012 • Windows Server 2012 + SQL 2012 Standard, Web & Express • Windows Server 2008 • Windows Server 2008 + SQL 2012 Standard, Web & Express • Windows Server 2008 + SQL 2008 Standard, Web & Express • Other Windows/SQL based AMIs…. • 7 Windows OS versions, in up to 19 languages • 11 SQL Server versions/editions
  17. 17. Windows Free Usage Tier • The AWS Free Usage Tier includes Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft Windows Server 2012 • Customers eligible for the AWS Free Usage tier can use up to 750 hours per month of t1.micro instances running Microsoft Windows Server 2012 for free
  18. 18. Window and .NET Developer Center One stop for all tools, documentation, scripts, videos, and sample code to help you run .NET on the AWS Cloud Develop Design, Build, and Run .NET on AWS • AWS SDK for .NET • AWS Toolkit for Microsoft Visual Studio • .NET container for deploying on AWS Elastic Beanstalk Manage Automate and Scale Windows on AWS • AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell Connect Get connected and join the community of developers running Windows and .NET on AWS • Community Forum • AWS on Github Learn Expand and Explore the possibility for .NET on AWS • Links to valuable articles • Sample code to download
  19. 19. AWS SDK for .NET • Includes APIs for many AWS services • Also Includes: – AWS Toolkit for Microsoft Visual Studio – Visual Studio templates – AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell – AWS CloudFormation Template Editor – AWS .NET Library – C# code samples
  20. 20. Amazon EC2 Windows Guide What’s New: • Using Windows Powershell with the AWS SDK for .NET • AWS Diagnostic tools for Windows Server • Install EC2 command line tools on Windows • Setting up a Windows HPC Cluster
  21. 21. AWS CloudFormation – Automated Setup CloudFormation provides: • An easy way to create, update and manage a collection of AWS resources. • Templates declaratively describe what AWS resources are needed and how they should interact. For Windows environments, there are a number of useful CloudFormation templates for setting up various Microsoft-based components and infrastructure setups:
  22. 22. General Design Considerations for Windows-based Deployment in the AWS Cloud • Design as you would for a physical or on-premise deployment using standard tools (e.g. Microsoft Exchange Role Requirements Calculator) • Treat AWS Availability Zones as additional datacenters and follow applicable Microsoft guidance • Consider the characteristics of a shared compute, storage and networking environment. – Instance Types (ECU vs. dedicated physical cores, memory sizing) – EBS (Standard IOPS vs. EBS-Optimized and Provisioned IOPS) – Networking (VPC, VPN or Direct Connect, Security Groups, Routing and others) – Scaling horizontally instead of vertically
  23. 23. Security for Windows-based Solutions in AWS • Active Directory is used to provide authentication for Windows, SQL Server, SharePoint, etc. • It is also possible to use LDAP-based directory and use Active Directory Federation Services • VPC provides DHCP – use DHCP options set in VPC • Active Directory domain controllers are created by instantiating Windows Amazon EC2 instance(s) in Active Directory role • Active Directory user setup: • Create new users manually using , or scripted, etc • For VPN-connected scenarios, setup regular synchronization between on-premise DCs and in AWS DCs • Windows Server can be used as a customer gateway for VPN access • Security – public-facing sites can/should have a ‘De-militarized Zone (DMZ)’ approach for minimizing access and attack surface: • Public subnets with Microsoft Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) or Universal Access Gateway (UAG), for all user access • RDGW instance(s) and NAT instance(s) in each AZ to provide admin ingress, instance egress • Setting up Single Sign-on to EC2-based .NET applications from on-premises Windows Domain •
  24. 24. EC2 Security for Windows-based Solutions in AWS • Administrative access to Windows Instances using Remote Desktop Gateway over SSH • EC2 Security Groups & Rules provide firewall to protect instances ‘Deny’ by default • EC2 provides some typical Windows/SQL security rule templates • Network ACLs security groups are recommended to ALSO setup network ACLs on subnets, specific to the instance type/function e.g. SQL instance(s) in a specific subnet, with a NACL allowing (only) 1433 • Can use Windows (OS-level) Firewall • Use of MSFT Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) and Universal Access Gateway (UAG) within public subnet, control threats, DDoS attacks “Secure Microsoft Applications on AWS” – Whitepaper: •
  25. 25. SharePoint Server on AWS - Reference Implementation Remote Admin AWS Region Availability Zone 2 Private Subnet Availability Zone 1 Public Subnet Private Subnet Private Subnet Private Subnet Private Subnet Private Subnet Private Subnet Private SubnetPublic Subnet NAT RDGW RDGW Primary DC/DNS Active Directory Active DirectoryDatabase Tier Database Tier Primary DB SQL Server Mirror DB Witness Application TierWeb Tier Application TierWeb Tier Central Admin & SharePoint Services Central Admin & SharePoint Services IIS & SharePoint Web Front End ELB NAT Backup DC/DNS Internet Gateway Users IIS & SharePoint Web Front End
  26. 26. High Availability SQL Server 2012 on AWS - Reference Implementation Remote Admin & Mgmt Users AWS Region Availability Zone 1 Availability Zone 2 Primary DC/DNS Rerplica DC/DNS Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) Cluster Node WSFC Configuration Storage SQL Server Instance Instance Network Name Node WSFC Configuration Storage SQL Server Instance Instance Network Name AlwaysOn Availability GroupPrimary Replica Secondary Replica AvailabilityGroup Listener Virtual Network Name NAT Instance RDGW Instance NAT Instance RDGW Instance Elastic IP’s (Public Route) Elastic IP’s (Public Route) PrivateIP’s(PrivateRoute) PrivateIP’s(PrivateRoute)
  27. 27. Microsoft Exchange on AWS – Reference Implementation
  28. 28. Microsoft-based Reference Architectures & Implementations • SharePoint Server: – Reference Architecture Whitepaper: – Advanced Implementation Guide and CloudFormation templates: • SQL Server: – “Implementing Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) and SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Availability Groups in the AWS Cloud”: • Microsoft Exchange: – “Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 in the AWS Cloud: Planning and Implementation Guide”:
  29. 29. Where can I learn more? • Microsoft pages on the AWS website to get the latest announcements, case studies, white papers, or other information on SharePoint on AWS: – – • Securing Windows-based Applications on AWS: – • Visit the Windows detail page for more information on pricing for Windows on AWS: – • Specifics on the Microsoft License Mobility program: –
  30. 30. Bootcamp: Implementing the Microsoft Enterprise Datacenter in the AWS CloudLevel: 300 - Experienced Audience: Solution Architects, SysOp Administrators Price: $600 30
  31. 31. Running Windows Server on the AWS Cloud Thank You
  32. 32. Running Windows Server on the AWS Cloud Q & A