Microsoft Servers on AWS
Microsoft Servers 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 AWS Region where you want to deploy Microsoft servers on AWS.

                        Choosing an AWS Region

    Figure 4: Choosing an AWS 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 M4, R3, and C4 instances for server deployments, and NAT gateways for outbound internet access. At the time of this writing, some of these features aren’t available in the China (Beijing), South America (São Paulo), or Asia Pacific (Seoul) regions.

  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 5: 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 instance types used in the Quick Start. 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.

    You might need to request an increase if you already have an existing deployment that uses these instance types, and you think you might exceed the default limit with this reference deployment. 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 6: Requesting a service limit increase