AWS Quick Start reference deployments help you rapidly deploy fully functional software on the AWS cloud, following AWS best practices. AWS CloudFormation templates automate the deployment, and the guides discuss architecture and implementation. Quick Starts are modular and customizable. You can layer additional functionality on top or modify them for your own implementations. 

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New: PCI DSS standardized architecture on AWS

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This new AWS Enterprise Accelerator - Compliance offering deploys an AWS architecture that helps support Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) version 3.1 compliance processes.

Other recent Quick Starts:

- SharePoint 2016
- Ansible Tower

Published: April 2016

Automates the deployment of Ansible Tower on the AWS cloud. Ansible is an IT DevOps tool that handles cloud provisioning, configuration management, application deployment, intra-service orchestration, continuous delivery, and many other IT processes. Ansible Tower is a web-based user interface for Ansible.

The deployment is automated by AWS CloudFormation templates. Separate templates are provided for CentOS and RHEL. The deployment guide provides step-by-step instructions for preparing your AWS account, deploying the software, signing up for a free, 10-host trial version of Ansible Tower, and managing Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances with Ansible Tower.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 20 minutes
  • AWS CloudFormation template:
       For CentOS: text | visual
       For RHEL: text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start for CentOS
Launch Quick Start for RHEL

Published: March 2016

Automates the deployment of Puppet on the AWS cloud. Puppet is a declarative, model-based configuration management solution from Puppet Labs that lets you define the state of your IT infrastructure, and automatically enforces that desired state on your systems.

This Quick Start automates the launch of the Puppet master, performs the initial server setup, and creates both Linux and Windows-based Puppet agents within an Amazon VPC.

The deployment is automated by an AWS CloudFormation template. The Quick Start also includes a deployment guide, which provides step-by-step deployment instructions and explains how you can configure and test your Puppet agents.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 20 minutes
  • AWS CloudFormation template: text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start

Published: December 2015

Automates the deployment of Chef Server on the AWS cloud. Chef Server is the highly scalable foundation of the Chef automation platform. You can use Chef Server to create and manage dynamic infrastructure that runs on the AWS cloud, or manage the servers in your on-premises data center.

The Quick Start uses the official Chef Server AMI from the AWS Marketplace to make it easy to automate your infrastructure. You get instant access to Chef Server, including Chef Analytics, Chef Management Console, and Chef Reporting; consolidated hourly billing for Chef premium features and your AWS infrastructure; and the ability to manage 5-250 nodes. You can also choose to include an optional Chef workstation and managed node.

The deployment is automated by an AWS CloudFormation template. The Quick Start also includes a deployment guide, which provides step-by-step deployment instructions and explains how you can get started with Chef—configure a Chef workstation, create and upload a cookbook, and bootstrap an EC2 instance with Chef command-line tools.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 35 minutes
  • AWS CloudFormation template: text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start

Published: September 2014
Last update: March 2015

Launches a Microsoft Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) pull or push server environment on the AWS cloud, using AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Elastic Load Balancing, and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) with PowerShell DSC.

You can use the AWS CloudFormation template included in this guide as a point of reference for implementing your own configuration management solution, or you can deploy the environment automatically to test a fully configured PowerShell DSC pull or push server infrastructure. The deployment guide explains how to use AWS CloudFormation and PowerShell DSC to bootstrap your servers and applications from scratch, and how to make sure that your instances are resilient to configuration drift once your application stack has been deployed.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 1 hour
  • AWS CloudFormation template: text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML (also available in Japanese) | PDF
Launch Quick Start

Published: May 2016

Deploys a standardized architecture that helps organizations with workloads that fall in scope for Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard (DSS) compliance.

The Quick Start includes a deployment guide, which provides step-by-step instructions for deploying and configuring the environment, AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment, and a security controls reference, which maps security controls to design decisions, features, and configuration of the reference architecture.

This Quick Start is part of a set of AWS Enterprise Accelerator – Compliance solutions, which help streamline, automate, and implement secure baselines in AWS—from initial design to operational security readiness.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 30 minutes
  • Main AWS CloudFormation template (this template references nested templates): text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
  • Security controls reference: Excel spreadsheet
Launch Quick Start

Published: January 2016
Last update: April 2016

Deploys a standardized architecture that helps support compliance requirements for National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) 800-53 / Risk Management Framework (RMF).

The Quick Start includes a deployment guide, which provides step-by-step instructions for deploying and configuring the environment, AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment, and a Security Controls Matrix (SCM), which maps security controls to design decisions, features, and configuration of the reference architecture.

This Quick Start is part of a set of AWS Enterprise Accelerator – Compliance solutions, which help streamline, automate, and implement secure baselines in AWS—from initial design to operational security readiness.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 30 minutes
  • Main AWS CloudFormation template (this template references nested templates): text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
  • Security Controls Matrix (SCM): Excel spreadsheet
Launch Quick Start

Published: June 2015
Last update: May 2016

Automates the deployment of Trend Micro Deep Security on the AWS cloud, using AWS services and best practices.

Because this Quick Start uses AMIs from the AWS Marketplace, you must subscribe to Trend Micro Deep Security from the AWS Marketplace before you launch the Quick Start. To subscribe, choose the Per Protected Instance Hour or Bring Your Own License option.

Trend Micro Deep Security is a host-based security product that provides Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Anti-Malware, Host Firewall, File and System Integrity Monitoring, Log Inspection, and Content Filtering modules in a single agent running in the guest operating system.

This Quick Start deploys Trend Micro Deep Security into an existing Amazon VPC using AWS CloudFormation templates. The Quick Start includes templates for two license models: Per Protected Instance Hour and Bring your own License (BYOL). With the Per Protected Instance Hour deployment option, your costs will be determined by the number of instances you're protecting each hour, and will show up on your AWS bill. The BYOL deployment option requires the purchase of Deep Security software licenses.

Note that Per Protected Instance Hour licensing is currently available in three regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland).

  • Time to deploy: Approximately one hour
  • AWS CloudFormation template:
       For Per Protected Instance Hour license: text | visual
       For BYOL license: text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start (Per Protected Instance Hour)

(You must first subscribe to Deep Security with the Per Protected Instance Hour option.)

Launch Quick Start (BYOL)

(You must first subscribe to Deep Security with the BYOL option.)

Published: March 2014
Last update: April 2016

Deploys Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) on the AWS cloud. AD DS and Domain Name Server (DNS) are core Windows services that provide the foundation for many Microsoft-based solutions for the enterprise, including Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, and .NET Framework applications. The Quick Start is designed for organizations running workloads in the AWS cloud that require secure, low-latency connectivity to AD DS and DNS services.

The Quick Start includes a deployment guide that describes the architecture and provides step-by-step instructions for deploying AD DS on AWS, and AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment into your AWS account.

The AWS CloudFormation templates support three scenarios: deploying a new cloud-based AD DS environment that you manage yourself, extending your existing on-premises AD DS to the AWS cloud, and deploying AD DS with AWS Directory Service.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 1 hour
  • AWS CloudFormation template:
       For new AD DS: text | visual
       For extending your existing AD DS: text | visual
       For new AD DS with AWS Directory Service: text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start to deploy new AD DS
Launch Quick Start to extend your AD DS
Launch Quick Start with AWS Directory Service

Published: August 2015
Last update: September 2015

Deploys Web Application Proxy and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) on the AWS cloud. These two components of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 provide identity federation, single sign-on (SSO), reverse proxy, and pre-authentication services for publishing your web applications in AWS.

The Quick Start includes a deployment guide that describes the architecture for implementing Web Application Proxy and AD FS on AWS, and AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 1.5 hours
  • AWS CloudFormation template:
       For new VPC:  text | visual
       For existing VPC:  text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start

Published: April 2015

Helps you deploy MongoDB on the AWS cloud in a flexible, scalable, and cost-effective way, using AWS services and best practices.

MongoDB is an open source, NoSQL database that provides support for JSON-styled, document-oriented storage systems. It supports a flexible data model that enables you to store data of any structure, and provides a rich set of features, including full index support, sharding, and replication.

The Quick Start includes two automated AWS CloudFormation templates. The first template deploys MongoDB into a newly created Amazon VPC in your AWS account. The second template deploys MongoDB into an existing Amazon VPC, for customers who have already set up their AWS infrastructure.

Customization options include the MongoDB version (2.6 or 3.0), the number of replica sets (1 or 3), the number of shards (up to 3), the number of micro-shards per node, and storage types and sizes. The guide walks you through the deployment and configuration process.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 15 minutes
  • AWS CloudFormation template:
       For new VPC:  text | visual
       For existing VPC:  text | visual
  • See also: webcast (requires APN membership)
  • Deployment guide: HTML (also available in Japanese) | PDF
Launch Quick Start for new VPC
Launch Quick Start for existing VPC

Published: October 2014
Last update: January 2016

Helps you build a multi-node Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub (EDH) cluster on the AWS cloud by integrating Cloudera Director with AWS services such as Amazon EC2 and Amazon VPC. EDH enables you to store your data with the flexibility to run a variety of enterprise workloads--including batch processing, interactive SQL, enterprise search, and advanced analytics--while utilizing robust security, governance, data protection, and management.

This Quick Start helps you build the infrastructure to support Cloudera EDH in a flexible, scalable, and cost-effective way. It includes two automated AWS CloudFormation templates. The first template deploys Cloudera EDH into a newly created Amazon VPC in your AWS account. The second template deploys Cloudera EDH into an existing Amazon VPC, for customers who have already set up their AWS infrastructure.

The deployment guide discusses architectural considerations and configuration steps.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 30 minutes
  • AWS CloudFormation template:
       For new VPC:  text | visual
       For existing VPC:  text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start for new VPC
Launch Quick Start for existing VPC

Published: July 2014
Last update: September 2015

Implements a high availability solution built with Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server running on Amazon EC2, using the AlwaysOn Availability Groups feature of SQL Server Enterprise edition. The deployment includes Windows Server Active Directory with Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) and clustered SQL Server 2012 or 2014 instances on the AWS cloud. This infrastructure provides the underpinnings for many Microsoft technology-based solutions for the enterprise, including Microsoft SharePoint and .NET Framework applications.

The Quick Start includes an AWS CloudFormation template that automates the deployment. The deployment guide provides architectural considerations and configuration steps for running WSFC clusters in the AWS cloud, and instructions for configuring and testing the WSFC cluster and SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group.  

Launch Quick Start

Published: July 2014
Last update: May 2016

Deploys a single-node or multi-node SAP HANA cluster on the AWS cloud, using AWS services such as Amazon EC2 and Amazon VPC. You can choose R3 or X1 instances for the SAP HANA nodes, and either SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) or Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) as your operating system.

SAP HANA is an in-memory relational database management system that supports both OLTP and OLAP workloads simultaneously on the same platform.

The Quick Start includes a deployment guide, which describes the architecture and the implementation, and AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment. The Quick Start supports two scenarios: end-to-end deployment that builds the infrastructure from scratch, and deployment of SAP HANA into an existing Amazon VPC. You can download the templates, or use the launch links in the deployment guide to deploy the templates into your AWS account.

  • Time to deploy: About 25 minutes for single-node deployment; 35-60 minutes for multi-node deployment
  • AWS CloudFormation template:
       For new VPC:  text | visual
       For existing VPC:  text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start for new VPC

(You must first download SAP media and subscribe to RHEL, if applicable. See the deployment guide.)

Launch Quick Start for existing VPC

(You must first download SAP media and subscribe to RHEL, if applicable. See the deployment guide.)

Published: June 2015
Last update: September 2015

Helps you build a Microsoft Lync Server 2013 environment on the AWS cloud in a fault-tolerant and affordable way. Lync Server 2013 is a communications software platform that offers instant messaging (IM), presence, conferencing, and telephony solutions for small, medium, and large businesses.

The automated AWS CloudFormation template implements a small or medium-sized Lync Server environment. It deploys paired Lync Server 2013 Standard Edition pools across two Availability Zones to provide high availability and disaster recovery. The Quick Start deployment guide also provides sizing guidance and considerations for larger deployments with Lync Server Enterprise Edition.  

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 2 hours
  • AWS CloudFormation template:  text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start

Published: January 2015
Last update: September 2015

Helps you deploy Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 in a highly available architecture on the AWS cloud, using AWS services and best practices.

The Quick Start includes two automated AWS CloudFormation templates. The main template deploys Exchange Server 2013 with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in a new Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). A separate template deploys Exchange Server 2013 into an existing Amazon VPC, for customers who have already set up AD DS.

The automated AWS CloudFormation templates build the minimal infrastructure required to run Exchange Server 2013 on AWS with high availability for a small deployment that supports 250 mailboxes. The deployment guide provides guidance for two additional deployment scenarios (for 250 and 2,500 mailboxes) that support the Microsoft preferred architecture for Exchange Server. You can use any of these scenarios as a starting point for your own implementation.  

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 3 hours
  • AWS CloudFormation template:
       For Exchange and AD DS in new VPC:  text | visual
       For Exchange in existing VPC:  text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start for Exchange and AD DS
Launch Quick Start for Exchange

Published: May 2016

Deploys Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 in a highly available architecture on the AWS cloud. The implementation includes a Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) infrastructure, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or 2014 instances configured in a Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC), and multiple Amazon EC2 instances to participate in the Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 farm. The Quick Start supports both traditional and streamlined topologies.

The Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment. The deployment guide discusses the architecture and implementation, provides step-by-step instructions for deploying and testing the SharePoint environment on AWS, and explains customization options.  

  • Time to deploy: 3-4 hours, depending on the topology deployed
  • AWS CloudFormation template:  text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start

Published: November 2015

Automates the deployment of Sitecore on AWS. Sitecore is an enterprise content management and multichannel marketing system. It can be deployed on AWS as a highly available and fault-tolerant application.

You can take advantage of AWS services such as Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) and Elastic Load Balancing to operate Sitecore in a flexible and scalable way. You can also use Amazon CloudFront to improve your site loading speed, and AWS WAF to help protect your Sitecore deployment from common web exploits.

This Quick Start provides an AWS CloudFormation template that automates the deployment. The Quick Start also includes a deployment guide that describes planning, configuration, and deployment steps, and adds AWS context to the Sitecore Scaling Guide.

  • Time to deploy: Less than 30 minutes
  • AWS CloudFormation template:  text | visual
  • Deployment guide:  HTML | PDF
Launch Quick Start

Published: September 2015

Helps you deploy Magento Community Edition on the AWS cloud. Magento is an open-source content management system for e-commerce websites. This automated deployment builds a cluster that runs Magento along with optional sample data, which lets you experiment with custom themes and view the web store.

The Quick Start includes a deployment guide that describes the Magento architecture on AWS, provides step-by-step instructions for deploying and configuring the software, and discusses design and performance considerations.

The Quick Start also includes AWS CloudFormation templates that automate two deployment options: The first template provides end-to-end deployment into a new Amazon VPC, and the second template deploys Magento into your existing AWS infrastructure.

  • Time to deploy: 15-30 minutes
  • AWS CloudFormation templates:
       For new VPC:  text | visual
       For existing VPC:  text | visual
  • Deployment guide:  HTML (also available in Japanese) | PDF
Launch Quick Start for new VPC
Launch Quick Start for existing VPC

Published: April 2015
Last update: May 2015

Enables you to automatically deploy SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA, on the AWS cloud.

SAP Business One, version for SAP HANA, is an integrated enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution designed for dynamically growing small and midsize businesses. This solution is powered by SAP HANA, which is an in-memory database management system that provides fast, predictable performance.

You can use the AWS CloudFormation templates included with the Quick Start to deploy SAP Business One either into a new Amazon VPC or into an existing Amazon VPC in your AWS account.

The Quick Start configures the Amazon VPC with two subnets (public and private), and sets up Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and network address translation (NAT) instances in the public subnet. On the private subnet, the Quick Start deploys SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) and Microsoft Windows Server instances, configures storage and other AWS resources, and installs the SAP HANA database and SAP Business One application components.

Review the deployment guide for architectural considerations and configuration steps. The guide also provides access to the templates and the automated deployment process.

  • Time to deploy: Approximately 1.5 hours, plus additional time to download and stage the SAP media
  • AWS CloudFormation templates:
       For new VPC:  text | visual
       For existing VPC:  text | visual
  • Deployment guide: HTML | PDF
To deploy, view guide

Published: April 2014
Last update: September 2015

Deploys Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) on the AWS cloud. The RD Gateway uses the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) over HTTPS to establish a secure, encrypted connection between remote users on the Internet and Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft Windows, without needing to configure a virtual private network (VPN) connection. This enables you to reduce the attack surface on your Microsoft Windows-based instances while providing a remote administration solution for administrators.

The Quick Start includes an AWS CloudFormation template that automates the creation of an RD Gateway instance in your AWS account. The deployment guide describes the architecture and implementation in detail.  

Launch Quick Start for new VPC
Launch Quick Start for existing VPC