SharePoint Server on AWS
SharePoint Server Quick Start

Step 4. Create Initial Content

In steps 4-6, we’ll walk you through testing high availability and automatic failover of your SharePoint servers. We’ll assume that you’ve used the default parameter values in the AWS CloudFormation template with an externally facing ELB load balancer. In this scenario, we’ll assume that the SharePoint farm is hosting a public-facing website, and we’ll set up a simple blog to validate our test.

After you have successfully launched the stack, remote into the environment through one of the RD Gateway instances. You can retrieve the Elastic IP address for each RD Gateway instance from the Amazon EC2 console. You can use the Remote Desktop Gateway Quick Start to fully configure your RD Gateway instances, or you can simply connect to the desktop of your RD Gateway instances, and then start a new RDP client to connect internally to your servers.

  1. Establish an RDP session to the SPAPP1 server. Disable IE Enhanced Security Configuration or add http://spapp1 as a trusted site. Start Internet Explorer with administrative permissions (Run as administrator option) and navigate to SharePoint Central Administration (http://spapp1:18473/). If prompted, use the domain admin user name credentials.

  2. Under Application Management, choose Manage web applications.

                        SharePoint Central Administration

    Figure 10: SharePoint Central Administration

  3. To create a new web application, choose New.

                        Creating a new web application

    Figure 11: Creating a new web application

  4. Set Allow Anonymous to Yes as shown in Figure 12, and then choose OK.

                        The Create New Web Application dialog box

    Figure 12: The Create New Web Application dialog box

  5. After the web application has been created, navigate back to SharePoint Central Administration and choose Create site collections.

                        Creating site collections

    Figure 13: Creating site collections

  6. Provide a Title for your site, and then select the Blog template on the Collaboration tab. You'll also need to define a Primary Site Collection Administrator on this page, as shown in Figure 15. You can use the StackAdmin user account for this value. When you finish filling out the form, choose OK.

                        Creating a blog site

    Figure 14: Creating a blog site

                        Setting the primary site collection administrator

    Figure 15: Setting the primary site collection administrator

  7. Now that you have created a blog, navigate to http://spapp1. Note that this site is listening on the default HTTP port 80, so make sure that your browser does not autocomplete the port number for Central Administration in the URL. In the upper-right corner, choose the gear icon, and then choose Site settings.

                        Modifying site settings for the blog

    Figure 16: Modifying site settings for the blog

  8. Under User and permissions, choose Site permissions to open the Permissions page. On the ribbon, choose Anonymous Access. In the Anonymous Access dialog box, choose Entire Web site, and then choose OK.

                        Enabling anonymous access

    Figure 17: Enabling anonymous access