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Quick Start Reference Deployment Guide

Step 2. Launch the Quick Start

  1. Launch the AWS CloudFormation template into your AWS account.

    
                                Quick Start launch button for Microsoft servers

    The template is launched in the US West (Oregon) Region by default. You can change the region by using the region selector in the navigation bar.

    The stack takes 3-4 hours to create.

    Note

    You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. There is no additional cost for using this Quick Start. See the pricing pages for each AWS service you will be using in this Quick Start and the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator for details.

  2. On the Select Template page, keep the default setting for the template URL, and then choose Next.

  3. On the Specify Details page, review the parameters for the template. Provide values for the following required parameters.

    Amazon EC2 Configuration

    Parameter label Parameter name Default Description
    Key Pair Name KeyPairName Requires input Public/private key pair, which allows you to connect securely to your instance after it launches. When you created an AWS account, this is the key pair you created in your preferred region.

    Microsoft Active Directory Configuration

    Parameter label Parameter name Default Description
    Restore Mode Password RestoreModePassword Requires input Password for a separate administrator account when the domain controller is in Restore Mode. This password must meet Microsoft’s default password complexity requirements.
    Domain Admin Password DomainAdminPassword Requires input Password for the domain administrator user. This password must meet Microsoft’s default password complexity requirements.

    Microsoft SQL Server Configuration

    Parameter label Parameter name Default Description
    Service Account Password SQLServiceAccountPassword Requires input Password for the SQL Server service account. This password must meet Microsoft’s default password complexity requirements.

    Microsoft SharePoint Configuration

    Parameter label Parameter name Default Description
    Installation Media ISO Image File URI SPISOImageURI Requires input Amazon S3 URI to the S3 bucket that contains the ISO image file for the SharePoint Server 2016 installation media. You can also specify an HTTP/HTTPS URI (e.g., https://example.com/microsoft/sharepoint/installation-media.img), but we recommend using an S3 bucket for optimal performance.
    Farm Account Password SPFarmAccountPassword Requires input Password for the SharePoint farm account. This password must meet Microsoft’s default password complexity requirements.

    Microsoft Lync Configuration

    Parameter label Parameter name Default Description
    Installation Media ISO Image File URI LyncISOImageURI Requires input Amazon S3 URI to the S3 bucket that contains the ISO image file for the Lync Server 2013 Standard Edition installation media. You can also specify an HTTP/HTTPS URI (e.g., https://example.com/microsoft/lync/installation-media.img), but we recommend using an S3 bucket for optimal performance.

    For all other parameters, review the default settings and customize them as necessary. (See Appendix A for a complete parameter list.)

    When you finish reviewing and customizing the parameters, choose Next.

    Note

    You can also download the template and edit it to create your own parameters based on your specific deployment scenario.

  4. On the Options page, you can specify tags (key-value pairs) for resources in your stack and set additional options. When you're done, choose Next.

  5. On the Review page, review and confirm the template settings. Under Capabilities, select the check box to acknowledge that the template will create IAM resources.

  6. Choose Create to deploy the stack.

  7. Monitor the status of the stack. When the status is CREATE_COMPLETE, the Microsoft server cluster is ready.