Microsoft Workloads on AWS

Category: Compute

Accelerate Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling for Microsoft Windows workloads

In this blog post, we will present a sample solution and provide recommendations on how to reduce both the cost and time associated with a Microsoft Windows Server instance joining an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Auto Scaling group up to 78%. Customers using Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling often desire faster scale-out times to […]

Migrate SQL Server databases to AWS with minimal downtime using AWS Migration Hub Orchestrator

In this blog post, we will show you how to configure AWS Migration Hub Orchestrator using the recently-launched support for transactional log backups to reduce downtime during Microsoft SQL Server database migrations to Amazon Web Services (AWS). Customers worldwide trust AWS to run their mission-critical SQL Server databases. For SQL Server databases that are still […]

How to migrate a large-scale SQL Server database over low bandwidth using AWS Application Migration Service

In this blog post, we will demonstrate how to migrate a Microsoft SQL Server database on a low bandwidth network using AWS Application Migration Service (AWS MGN), AWS Snowcone, and SQL Server Log Shipping technology. Customers use different migration strategies to lift-and-shift their on-premises SQL Server workloads to the AWS Cloud. One of those approaches […]

Automate rotating IAM credentials for SQL Server backups to Amazon S3

In this blog post, we will look at how to automate the rotation of the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) credentials synchronized with Microsoft SQL Server credentials to meet password rotation requirements. Solution overview The IAM Access key and Secret access key are used to create a SQL Server credential; therefore, to rotate the […]

Year in review 2023: AWS for Microsoft workloads

Year in review 2023: AWS for Microsoft workloads

Celebrating 15 years of running Microsoft workloads in the cloud, longer than any other major cloud provider Before we wrap up 2023, I wanted to capture some of the highlights of the year—so I reached out to my esteemed colleague, Rajesh Rathod. Rajesh is an Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (Amazon EC2) product leader who has […]

How to manually downgrade SQL Server Enterprise edition to Developer edition on AWS and save on licensing costs

In this blog post, we will show you how to downgrade Microsoft SQL Server instances from Enterprise edition to Developer edition on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances. This post is especially useful if there are a single digit number of SQL Server instances to be downgraded. In our next blog post, we will […]

Containerize your legacy ASP.NET application in a few clicks using AWS Migration Hub Orchestrator

In this blog post, we will cover how to containerize and deploy an ASP.NET application running on an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) for Microsoft Windows Server instance to Amazon ECS on AWS Fargate using AWS Migration Hub Orchestrator.

How to deploy Extended Security Updates for Windows Server 2012 on Amazon EC2 with AWS Systems Manager

In this blog post, I will guide you through the procedure necessary to prepare your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) workloads to receive Extended Security Updates (ESU) purchased from Microsoft. This is achieved by utilizing the Patch Manager and Run Command capabilities of AWS Systems Manager. Windows Server users are familiar with Microsoft’s regular […]

Optimizing protocol selection when using Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP for Microsoft SQL Server

In this blog post, we will review advantages and disadvantages of the two storage access protocols, iSCSI and SMB, offered by Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP (FSx for ONTAP). For comparison purposes, we will use Microsoft SQL Server on Windows. We will provide recommendations for selecting the optimal storage access protocol for your specific scenario. […]

Comparing performance of new releases of Babelfish and comparing Babelfish performance with SQL Server

In this blog post, I will compare the performance of the newest releases of Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL and provide performance and price-performance comparisons between Babelfish and Microsoft SQL Server 2022. 1.    Introduction Babelfish for Aurora PostgreSQL is a capability of Amazon Aurora PostgreSQL-Compatible Edition that enables Aurora to understand commands from applications written for […]