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Exchange Server on AWS
Quick Start Reference Deployment Guide

What We'll Cover

This Quick Start reference deployment guide includes architectural considerations and configurations used to build a Microsoft Exchange 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 Exchange Server architecture across separate AWS Availability Zones.

We also provide a sample AWS CloudFormation template to help you deploy a correctly configured infrastructure predictably and repeatedly. (View template) This automated template deploys a Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 infrastructure in multiple Availability Zones in an Amazon VPC. If you've already deployed AD DS, you can use the second template we've provided to launch this Microsoft Exchange Server infrastructure into an existing Amazon VPC.

The automated templates build the minimal infrastructure required to run Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 on AWS with high availability for a small deployment that supports 250 mailboxes. We also provide guidance for two additional deployment scenarios (for 250 and 2,500 mailboxes) aligned with the Microsoft preferred architecture for Exchange Server. This architecture provides greater fault-tolerance and eliminates the need for traditional backups. You can use any of these scenarios as a starting point for your own requirements.

Launch the AWS CloudFormation template for Exchange Server 2013 into the US West (Oregon) region.

This stack takes approximately three hours to create.

Costs. You are responsible for all costs incurred by your use of the AWS services used while running this Quick Start Reference Deployment. As of the date of publication, the cost for creating and running the template with default settings is approximately $5.50 an hour, but prices are subject to change. See the pricing pages of the specific AWS services you will be using for full details.

License. You must obtain a license to Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 prior to deploying this Quick Start. Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 can be deployed and licensed via the Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance program. For development and test environments, you can leverage your existing MSDN licenses for Exchange Server using Amazon EC2 Dedicated Instances. For details, see the MSDN on AWS page.

This guide targets IT infrastructure architects, administrators, and DevOps personnel. After reading it, you should have a good understanding of how to launch the necessary infrastructure to support Exchange Server 2013 on the AWS cloud.

Deploying this Quick Start with the default input parameters builds the Exchange Server 2013 environment illustrated in Figure 1 on the AWS cloud.


		Quick Start Exchange Server 2013 Architecture on AWS

Figure 1: Quick Start Exchange Server 2013 Architecture on AWS