Lync Server on AWS
Lync Server Quick Start

Step 1. Prepare an AWS Account

  1. If you don't already have an AWS account, create one at by following the on-screen instructions. Part of the sign-up process involves receiving a phone call and entering a PIN using the phone keypad.

  2. Use the region selector in the navigation bar to choose the Amazon EC2 region where you want to deploy Lync Server 2013 on AWS.

                        Choosing an Amazon EC2 region

    Figure 3: Choosing an Amazon EC2 Region

    Consider choosing a region closest to your data center or corporate network to reduce network latency between systems running on AWS and the systems and users on your corporate network.


    This Quick Start uses the m4.2xlarge instance type for the Lync Server 2013 portion of the deployment. M4 instances are currently available in all AWS regions except AWS GovCloud (US-West), China (Beijing), and South America (São Paulo).

    The Quick Start also uses NAT gateways, which are not available in all regions. See the Amazon VPC Pricing page for details.

    It is important to be aware of which services are available in the region you choose to deploy. To see the latest list of supported services per region, see AWS Regions and Endpoints in the AWS documentation. We recommend that you check service availability before you choose a region. Otherwise, deployment will fail.

  3. Create a key pair in your preferred region. To do this, in the navigation pane of the Amazon EC2 console, choose Key Pairs, Create Key Pair, type a name, and then choose Create.

                        Creating a Key Pair

    Figure 4: Creating a Key Pair

    Amazon EC2 uses public-key cryptography to encrypt and decrypt login information. To be able to log into your instances, you must create a key pair. With Windows instances, we use the key pair to obtain the administrator password via the Amazon EC2 console and then log in using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) as explained in the step-by-step instructions in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud User Guide.

  4. If necessary, request a service limit increase for the Amazon EC2 m4.2xlarge instance type. To do this, in the AWS Support Center, choose Create Case, Service Limit Increase, EC2 instances, and then complete the fields in the limit increase form. The current default limit is 20. It might take a few days for the new service limit to become effective. For more information, see Amazon EC2 Service Limits in the AWS documentation.

                        Requesting a Service Limit Increase

    Figure 5: Requesting a Service Limit Increase