Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) now allows customers to deploy Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 in a fast and dependable environment to run any compatible Windows-based solution. Using Amazon EC2 with Windows Server 2012 R2 is similar to using Amazon EC2 with prior versions of Windows Server. Amazon EC2 running Windows Server 2012 R2 provides seamless integration with existing AWS features like Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudFormation, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, Elastic Load Balancing, Elastic IPs, and Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). Windows Server 2012 R2 instances are available in all Regions.

The AWS Free Usage Tier includes Amazon EC2 instances running Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2. Customers eligible for the AWS Free Usage Tier can use up to 750 hours per month of t1.micro instances running Microsoft Windows Server for free. For more information about the AWS Free Usage Tier, please visit the AWS Free Usage Tier page.


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AWS Free Tier includes 750 hours Micro Instances each month for one year. To stay within the Free Tier, use only EC2 Micro instances.

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Questions? Please check the FAQ page.

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition X64 AMIs will be available in 19 languages.
  • SQL Server 2014 (Express, Web, and Standard editions) is available on the following Windows Server 2012 R2 AMI languages: English, Japanese and Brazilian Portugese.
  • All Windows Server 2012 R2 AMIs come packaged with new version of EC2Config, which simplifies setting a password for your base AMIs.

Amazon’s Windows Server 2012 R2 AMIs facilitate the use of new features and enhancements that are available with Windows Server 2012 R2.

For a comprehensive list of features and benefits, please visit Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 R2 documentation.

More answers can be found on the FAQ page.

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