Amazon EC2 running Windows Server is a secure and dependable environment in which to deploy Microsoft Exchange Server quickly and cost-effectively. With the Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance program, Microsoft volume license customers can use their existing Windows Server applications licenses, including Microsoft Exchange Server, on AWS without paying any additional Microsoft licensing fees.

Several resources are available to help you learn more about running Microsoft Exchange Server on AWS. Case studies describe Exchange on AWS in action. Videos showcase a session from the 2013 re:Invent conference and a webinar covering planning and deployment. To dive into the technical details, whitepapers will help guide you through reference architectures and best practices.

The Quick Start reference deployment automates the implementation of Microsoft Exchange 2013 in a highly available architecture on the AWS cloud. See the Quick Start deployment guide.


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Read about some of the ways that running Exchange on AWS helps you to effectively meet your business challenges and go here for a complete list of customer case studies about Microsoft products on AWS.

"By using AWS, we can resize mailbox servers based on demand for compute or storage, and change compute characteristics in a matter of minutes."

- Tom Bentzen, Director of Information Systems at Choice Logistics

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"It was not possible to estimate capacity or accurately plan the rollout of the 16+ software systems that company executives expected to be running in under 12 months [and] we managed to address almost all of these issues simply by adopting an Amazon Web Services cloud strategy."

- Thorsten Neumann, Group IT Manager at Banro Corporation

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At the 2013 re:Invent conference, attendees learned how to design highly available, high performance and cost-effective solutions on the AWS Cloud. This session covered architectural considerations, capabilities, and testing, plus featured deployment demonstrations of Exchange and SharePoint migrations onto AWS.


Demonstrates the architectural considerations and steps involved to plan and deploy a Microsoft Exchange Server 2010-based messaging service in the AWS cloud, including available tools to automate deployment. Slides are available here.

To see upcoming webinars or watch other replays, please go to the Windows on AWS Webinars page.

Below is a selection of whitepapers and deployment guides to help guide you through setting up Exchange on AWS. Go here for a full list of whitepapers covering Microsoft products on AWS.

This Quick Start reference deployment guide includes architectural considerations and configuration steps for deploying Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 in a highly available architecture on the AWS cloud, following AWS best practices. You can deploy the automated solution, provided by AWS CloudFormation templates, or customize the templates to meet your own requirements. 

(For information about Exchange Server 2010 on AWS, see the Exchange Server 2010 Planning and Implementation Guide.)

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This paper provides guidance on how to secure your Microsoft applications on AWS. It outlines the principles for protecting the runtime environment of your Microsoft Windows applications with a focus on risk assessment, reducing attack surface, adhering to the principle of least privilege, and protecting your data.

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Learn how to deploy Remote Desktop Gateway on AWS, including best practices for securely accessing your Windows-based instances using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for remote administration. Also provided are AWS CloudFormation templates to help automate deployment.

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Learn how to deploy Active Directory on AWS in about an hour. This reference implementation guide includes architectural considerations and configuration steps for deploying highly available AD Domain Services in the AWS Cloud. Two scenarios are covered, one all cloud and one hybrid. Included are AWS CloudFormation templates to help automate deployment.

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AWS has partnered with companies that offer a variety of services, software, and solutions on the AWS Cloud via the Amazon Partner Network (APN). The APN is comprised of both Consulting Partners that provide software solutions that are either hosted on, or integrated with, the AWS platform, as well as Technology Partners that are professional services firms that help you design, architect, build, migrate, and manage your workloads and applications on AWS.


In addition, our APN Partners can take part in our APN Competency Program. Partners with the Microsoft Exchange Competency have demonstrated expertise in helping customers evaluate and deploy or configure their Microsoft Exchange Server workloads on AWS.

The APN is the global partner program for AWS that is focused on helping partners build a successful AWS-based business by providing great business, technical, marketing, and go-to-market support. Learn more about what AWS has to offer partners or become an AWS partner now.

Below is a selection of our APN Partners proficient with Microsoft Exchange on AWS.


Smartronix is a global professional solutions provider with one of the largest teams of solution architects trained on the Amazon Web Services platform. It has designed large-scale deployments utilizing Microsoft Exchange Server in the AWS Cloud.

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As an APN Premier Partner and AWS System Integrator, Slalom Consulting works closely with AWS to provide appropriate solutions for it's customer’s individual needs.

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From the design, build, and support of IT infrastructure to managing critical applications and its supporting environments, Apparatus is a leading provider of managed services for IT platforms and an AWS Advanced Partner.

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Datapipe offers a single provider solution for managing and securing mission-critical IT services, including cloud computing, infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, colocation, and data centers.

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As an AWS Premier Partner, AWS Channel Reseller, and an AWS Government Partner, Cloudnexa will consult with you on your Exchange migrations, manage transitions, and continually optimize your AWS services.

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Six Nines IT is an experienced consulting company specializing in helping businesses move to the AWS cloud.

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