AWS Webcast - SharePoint 2013


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In this webinar, we review the steps necessary to design, set up, and deploy IT cloud infrastructure for running a multi-server, Microsoft SharePoint Server farm on AWS. In this webinar we will also cover how to architect for high availability and provision the relevant AWS services and resources to run SharePoint Server workloads at scale on the AWS Cloud. You will find out where to access available content and tools, such as AWS CloudFormation templates and the Advanced Implementation Guide that will help you quickly implement and customize a scalable, enterprise-class SharePoint Server farm on AWS. This webinar is designed for a technical audience. After the presentation, you will have an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A discussion, where you may write in questions to AWS team members.

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AWS Webcast - SharePoint 2013

  1. 1. Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 on the AWS Cloud Whitepaper by: Mike Pfeiffer Presented by: Matt Tavis
  2. 2. Introduction This Quick Start Reference Deployment includes architectural considerations and configurations used to build a Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 environment on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. We discuss how to build and configure the necessary AWS services, such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) to deploy a highly available SharePoint farm across separate AWS Availability Zones. We also provide links to automated AWS CloudFormation templates that you can leverage for your implementation or launch directly into your AWS account. 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:
  3. 3. Microsoft Platform 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.
  4. 4. Summary – What We Will Cover Architecture Scenarios Server Role Architecture Quick Start Deployment Steps Post Configuration Steps
  5. 5. Architecture Scenarios Server Role Architecture Quick Start Deployment Steps Post Configuration Steps
  6. 6. Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Recommended Amazon VPC configuration for Windows based Architecture requires: • Critical workloads placed in a minimum of 2 Availability Zones • Internal application and non-internet facing servers placed in private subnets • RD Gateway deployed in public subnets in each Availability Zone Base-level Amazon VPC design deployed to support SharePoint Server 2013 infrastructure is shown in diagram Amazon VPC lets you provision a private, isolated section of the AWS cloud where you can launch AWS services and other resources in a virtual network that you define.
  7. 7. Remote Administration • RD Gateway uses the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over HTTPS to establish a secure, encrypted connection • Remote Desktop Gateway architecture and configuration steps are already installed by the CloudFormation templates • Connect your instances using a standard RDP TCP Port 3389 connection Deploying Remote Desktop Gateway in each Availability Zone will allow for highly available and secure remote access.
  8. 8. Active Directory Domain Services There are two ways to use AD DS in the AWS Cloud: • Cloud only - as shown in the figure • Hybrid - takes advantage of your existing AD DS environment Base-level Amazon VPC design shown in diagram is deployed to support SharePoint Server 2013 infrastructure To provide user authentication and authorization, the Microsoft SharePoint servers in this reference architecture use Active Directory Domain Services. You should place at least one Domain Controller in a private subnet in each Availability Zone for redundancy and high availability.
  9. 9. Architecture Scenarios Server Role Architecture Quick Start Deployment Steps Post Configuration Steps
  10. 10. Server Role Architecture There are a number of ways to design the topology of your SharePoint farm depending on your requirements. Microsoft provides guidance for two separate architectural approaches for SharePoint 2013: 1. Traditional topologies 2. Streamlined topologies
  11. 11. Server Role Architecture Common architectures are: Two Tiered Three Tiered Traditional topologies use approaches to building your architecture with web servers, application servers, and database servers.
  12. 12. Server Role Architecture Tiers in a SharePoint 2013 farm built with a traditional topology: Web Tier Application Tier Database Tier
  13. 13. Server Role Architecture Common architectures are: • Front End Servers • Batch-Processing servers • Database Servers • Distributed cache • Request management • Specialized workloads • Search With Streamlined topologies services and other components are distributed to maximize server resources.
  14. 14. Server Role Architecture Office Web Apps Server • Allows users to view and edit Office documents in SharePoint libraries on various devices • Can also be used by other enterprise products for rendering Office documents through a browser • Post configuration steps are required and provided later
  15. 15. Server Role Architecture Intranet SharePoint Server Farm on AWS • Load balancer will be accessible only from the internal network • Create a VPN tunnel to enable internal network connectivity • Direct Connect service allows you to create a direct network connection from your data center into the AWS cloud • Elastic Load Balancing will also provide high availability in the event of a server failure • AWS CloudFormation template allows you to choose how to implement Elastic Load Balancing
  16. 16. Server Role Architecture A Microsoft SharePoint Server farm on AWS should implement strict security controls and features including: • Security Groups • Network Access Control Lists • Secure Website Publishing
  17. 17. Server Role Architecture EC2 Instance Types: • Minimum requirement values • Quick Start uses instances that give you additional capacity over minimum requirements • Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes are used as the boot volume for each instance
  18. 18. Server Role Architecture Customize your Topology at Template Launch by choosing how many SharePoint servers to deploy into your environment. • Two SharePoint servers per Availability Zone provide the minimum number of servers for high availability. • Three SharePoint servers per Availability Zone will give you a third set of servers for dedicated services. • Four SharePoint servers per Availability Zone provide enough infrastructure for a large farm in a Streamlined topology.
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  20. 20. Quick Start Deployment Steps 1. Launch Microsoft WSFC and SQL Server AlwaysOn Quick Start Launch Stack. 2. Prepare a media volume snapshot 3. Launch the SharePoint Server 2013 Stack Launch Stack
  21. 21. Template Customization Template helps you deploy the SharePoint 2013 servers in the AWS architecture • Allows for customization of 30 defined parameters • You can modify these or use them as a guide for creating your own set of parameters Launch Stack 21 Template takes about 3 hours to complete Template will cost about $25 of AWS Service hours
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  23. 23. Post Configuration Tasks 1. Navigate to SharePoint Central Administration (http://sp1:18473/) to configure your SharePoint farm services. 2. If you’ve included Office Web Apps servers in your template launch, you will need to configure them to work with your SharePoint farm. 3. To provide high availability and automatic failover for your Microsoft SQL Server databases, you can create AlwaysOn Availability Groups and add database replicas to the second SQL Server node. After you have completed the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 deployment outlined in the previous section, follow these steps to complete the configuration of your SharePoint server farm.
  24. 24. Additional Resources Web Pages Microsoft on AWS Windows on AWS (includes pricing) Reference Deployment Quickstart AWS Windows and .NET Developer Center (with sdk) Amazon EC2 Windows Guide Microsoft Licensing Covers Exchange, SharePoint, SQL, Lync, SCOM, and Dynamics. See page for specific details, including which versions are covered. Whitepapers Implementing Active Directory Domain Services on AWS Implementing Microsoft Windows Server Failover Clustering and SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups in the AWS Cloud Remote Desktop Gateway Reference Architecture Exchange on AWS Implementation & Planning Guide Secure Microsoft Applications on AWS more at Contact Us If you have either business or technical questions about running Microsoft software on AWS, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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