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SharePoint Server on AWS
Quick Start Reference Deployment Guide

Step 3. Launch the SharePoint Stack

The automated AWS CloudFormation template deploys SharePoint in multiple Availability Zones into an Amazon VPC.

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

    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 approximately three hours to create.

    You can also download the template to use it as a starting point for your own implementation.

  2. On the Select Template page, keep the default setting for 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.

    Parameter label Parameter name Default Description
    Stack Name Requires input Enter a name for this AWS CloudFormation stack. Later, you can delete the stack and all the resources associated with it.
    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.
    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.
    Service Account Password SQLServiceAccountPassword Requires input Password for the SQL Service account. This password must meet Microsoft’s default password complexity requirements.
    Installation Media ISO Image File URI SPISOImageURI Requires input S3 bucket URI that contains the ISO image file for the SharePoint Server 2016 installation media from step 2. 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.
    Product Key SPKey trial key The trial key for SharePoint Server 2016 is provided by default, but you can replace it with your own product key.
    Farm Account Password SPFarmAccountPassword Requires input Password for the SharePoint farm account. This password must meet Microsoft’s default password complexity requirements.

    Please make a note of these other parameters that have default values. You will need to edit or know these values in order to log in and manage the SharePoint farm.

    Parameter label Parameter name Default Description
    Domain DNS Name DomainDNSName example.com Fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the forest root domain.
    Domain NetBIOS Name DomainNetBIOSName example The NetBIOS name (up to 15 characters) of the domain, for users of earlier versions of Windows.
    Domain Admin User Name DomainAdminUser StackAdmin User name for the account that will be added as the domain administrator. This is separate from the default "Administrator" account.
    Service Account Name SQLServiceAccount sqlsa User name for the SQL Server service account. This account is a domain user.

    For a complete list of template parameters and their descriptions, see Appendix B.

    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. You will see that it spins off three separate sub-stacks. When the status of the “SharePoint Master” stack is CREATE_COMPLETE, the SharePoint environment is ready. The total process takes a little over three hours.

    
                        SharePoint stack being created in AWS CloudFormation

    Figure 9: SharePoint stack being created in AWS CloudFormation