Tutorial: Set up AppStream 2.0 for use with Micro Focus Enterprise Analyzer and Micro Focus Enterprise Developer - AWS Mainframe Modernization

Tutorial: Set up AppStream 2.0 for use with Micro Focus Enterprise Analyzer and Micro Focus Enterprise Developer

This document is intended for members of the customer operations team. It describes how to set up Amazon AppStream 2.0 fleets and stacks to host the Micro Focus Enterprise Analyzer and Micro Focus Enterprise Developer tools used with AWS Mainframe Modernization. Micro Focus Enterprise Analyzer is usually used during the Assess phase and Micro Focus Enterprise Developer is usually used during the Migrate and Modernize phase of the AWS Mainframe Modernization approach. If you plan to use both Enterprise Analyzer and Enterprise Developer you must create separate fleets and stacks for each tool. Each tool requires its own fleet and stack because their licensing terms are different.

Important

The steps in this tutorial are based on the downloadable AWS CloudFormation template cfn-m2-appstream-fleet-ea-ed.yaml.

Prerequisites

  • Download the template: cfn-m2-appstream-fleet-ea-ed.yaml.

  • Get the ID of your default VPC and security group. For more information on the default VPC, see Default VPCs in the Amazon VPC User Guide. For more information on the default security group, see Default and custom security groups in the Amazon EC2 User Guide for Linux Instances.

  • Make sure your IAM user has the following permissions:

    • create stacks, fleets, and users in AppStream 2.0.

    • create stacks in AWS CloudFormation using a template.

    • create buckets and upload files to buckets in Amazon S3.

    • download credentials (access_key_id and secret_access_key) from IAM.

Step 1: Get the AppStream 2.0 images

In this step, you share the AppStream 2.0 images for Enterprise Analyzer and Enterprise Developer with your AWS account.

  1. Open the AWS Mainframe Modernization console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/m2/.

  2. In the left navigation, choose Tools.

  3. In Analysis, development, and build assets, choose Share assets with my AWS account.

    
            The AWS Mainframe Modernization tools page showing share assets with my AWS account.

Step 2: Create the stack using the AWS CloudFormation template

In this step, you use the downloaded AWS CloudFormation template to create an AppStream 2.0 stack and fleet for running Micro Focus Enterprise Analyzer. You can repeat this step later to create another AppStream 2.0 stack and fleet for running Micro Focus Enterprise Developer, since each tool requires its own fleet and stack in AppStream 2.0. For more information on AWS CloudFormation stacks, see Working with stacks in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

Note

AWS Mainframe Modernization adds an additional fee to the standard AppStream 2.0 pricing for the use of Enterprise Analyzer and Enterprise Developer. For more information, see AWS Mainframe Modernization Pricing.

  1. Download the cfn-m2-appstream-fleet-ea-ed.yaml template, if necessary.

  2. Open the AWS CloudFormation console and choose Create Stack.

  3. In Prerequisite - Prepare template, choose Template is ready.

  4. In Specify Template, choose Upload a template file.

  5. In Upload a template file, choose Choose file and upload the cfn-m2-appstream-fleet-ea-ed.yaml template.

  6. Choose Next.

    
            The AWS CloudFormation create stack page showing the cfn-m2-appstream-fleet-ea-ed.yaml
              template selected.
  7. On Specify stack details, enter the following information:

    • In Stack name, enter a name of your choice. For example, m2-ea.

    • In AppStreamApplication, choose ea.

    • In AppStreamFleetSecurityGroup, choose your default VPC’s default security group.

    • In AppStreamFleetVpcSubnet, choose a subnet within your default VPC.

    • In AppStreamImageName, choose the image starting with m2-enterprise-analyzer.

    • Accept the defaults for the other fields, then choose Next.

    
            The AWS CloudFormation specify stack details page with Enterprise Analyzer options filled in.
  8. Accept all defaults, then choose Next again.

  9. On Review, make sure all the parameters are what you intend.

  10. Scroll to the bottom, choose I acknowledge that AWS CloudFormation might create IAM resources with custom names, and choose Create Stack.

It takes between 20 and 30 minutes for the stack and fleet to be created. You can choose Refresh to see the AWS CloudFormation events as they occur.

Step 3: Create a user in AppStream 2.0

While you are waiting for AWS CloudFormation to finish creating the stack, you can create one or more users in AppStream 2.0. These users are those who will be using Enterprise Analyzer in AppStream 2.0. You will need to specify an email address for each user, and each user needs to correspond to an IAM user with sufficient permissions to create buckets in Amazon S3, upload files to a bucket, and link to a bucket to map its contents.

  1. Open the AppStream 2.0 console.

  2. In the left navigation, choose User pool.

  3. Choose Create user.

  4. Provide an email address where the user can receive an email invitation to use AppStream 2.0, a first name and last name, and choose Create user.

  5. Repeat if necessary to create more users. The email address for each user must be unique.

For more information on creating AppStream 2.0 users, see AppStream 2.0 User Pools in the Amazon AppStream 2.0 Administration Guide.

When AWS CloudFormation finishes creating the stack, you can assign the user you created to the stack, as follows:

  1. Open the AppStream 2.0 console.

  2. Choose the user name.

  3. Choose Action, then Assign stack.

  4. In Assign stack, choose the stack that begins with m2-appstream-stack-ea.

  5. Choose Assign stack.

    
            The AppStream 2.0 assign stack page showing a user and the Enterprise Analyzer stack to be
              assigned.

Assigning a user to a stack causes AppStream 2.0 to send an email to the user at the address you provided. This email contains a link to the AppStream 2.0 login page.

Step 4: Log in to AppStream 2.0

In this step, you log in to AppStream 2.0 using the link in the email sent by AppStream 2.0 to the user you created in Step 3: Create a user in AppStream 2.0.

  1. Log in to AppStream 2.0 using the link provided in the email sent by AppStream 2.0.

  2. Change your password, if prompted. The AppStream 2.0 screen that you see is similar to the following:

    
            A sample AppStream 2.0 login screen showing the desktop icon.
  3. Choose Desktop.

  4. On the task bar, choose Search and enter D: to navigate to the Home Folder.

    Note

    If you skip this step, you might get a Device not ready error when you try to access the Home Folder.

At any point, if you have trouble signing into AppStream 2.0, you can restart your AppStream 2.0 fleet and try to sign in again, using the following steps.

  1. Open the AppStream 2.0 console.

  2. In the left navigation, choose Fleets.

  3. Choose the fleet you are trying to use.

  4. Choose Action, then choose Stop.

  5. Wait for the fleet to stop.

  6. Choose Action, then choose Start.

This process can take around 10 minutes.

Step 5: Verify buckets in Amazon S3 (optional)

One of the tasks completed by the AWS CloudFormation template you used to create the stack was to create two buckets in Amazon S3, which are necessary to save and restore user data and application settings across work sessions. These buckets are as follows:

  • Name starts with appstream2-. This bucket maps data to your Home Folder in AppStream 2.0 (D:\PhotonUser\My Files\Home Folder).

    Note

    The Home Folder is unique for a given email address and is shared across all fleets and stacks in a given AWS account. The name of the Home Folder is a SHA256 hash of the user’s email address, and is stored on a path based on that hash.

  • Name starts with appstream-app-settings-. This bucket contains user session information for AppStream 2.0, and includes settings such as browser favorites, IDE and application connection profiles, and UI customizations. For more information, see How Application Settings Persistence Works in the Amazon AppStream 2.0 Administration Guide.

To verify that the buckets were created, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Amazon S3 console.

  2. In the left navigation, choose Buckets.

  3. In Find buckets by name, enter appstream to filter the list.

If you see the buckets, no further action is necessary. Just be aware that the buckets exist. If you do not see the buckets, then either the AWS CloudFormation template is not finished running, or an error occurred. Go to the AWS CloudFormation console and review the stack creation messages.

Next steps

Now that the AppStream 2.0 infrastructure is set up, you can set up and start using Enterprise Analyzer. For more information, see Tutorial: Set up Enterprise Analyzer on AppStream 2.0. You can also set up Enterprise Developer. For more information, see Tutorial: Set up Micro Focus Enterprise Developer on AppStream 2.0.

Clean up resources

The procedure to clean up the created stack and fleets is described in Create an AppStream 2.0 Fleet and Stack.

When the AppStream 2.0 objects have been deleted, the account administrator can also, if appropriate, clean up the Amazon S3 buckets for Application Settings and Home Folders.

Note

The home folder for a given user is unique across all fleets, so you might need to retain it if other AppStream 2.0 stacks are active in the same account.

Finally, AppStream 2.0 does not currently allow you to delete users using the console. Instead, you must use the service API with the CLI. For more information, see User Pool Administration in the Amazon AppStream 2.0 Administration Guide.