Microsoft Workloads on AWS

Join Windows on AWS at re:Invent 2020

Join us at re:Invent 2020 for live, online presentations led by AWS solutions architects and engineers. During these presentations and ask-the-expert sessions, you have the unique opportunity to engage on 1-on-1 conversations with Windows Server, .NET, and SQL Server experts.

This year, re:Invent is a free online event, giving you unlimited access to hundreds of sessions led by AWS experts. Hear from cloud leaders and be the first to learn what’s new. Register now to attend Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) Windows and .NET sessions, and learn how to migrate, modernize, and build on AWS. In the Windows and .NET track, we will focus on how to maximize the performance of on-premises workloads on AWS, improve security and identity capabilities with Microsoft Active Directory, and use advanced tools and services for migration. Through these sessions, you can learn how to lower your Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and reduce costs, take advantage of flexible licensing options, and innovation with AWS managed services and open-source technologies. AWS supports everything you need to build and run Windows applications, including Active Directory, .NET, System Center, SQL Server, Visual Studio, and Windows desktop-as-a-service.

Here’s a list of list of Windows and .NET sessions happening at re:Invent 2020. Register today for re:Invent 2020!

Migrating Microsoft workloads to AWS

DEC 1, 2020 | 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM PST and 8:15 PM – 8:45 PM PST
DEC 2, 2020 | 4:15 AM – 4:45 AM PST
In this session, you are introduced to the holistic journey of migrating your Microsoft workloads to AWS. It covers common migration patterns for Microsoft workloads, including migrating Microsoft Active Directory, SQL, and .NET. To help your successful migration journey, the session covers services and tools, such as AWS SMS, AWS DMS, CloudEndure Migration, and the End-of-Support Migration Program. The session closes with a demo of a migration tool.

Best practices for running Microsoft Active Directory on AWS

DEC 2, 2020 | 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM PST and DEC 3, 2020 | 3:00 AM – 3:30 AM PST
DEC 3, 2020 | 3:00 AM – 3:30 AM PST

When moving Microsoft workloads to AWS, it’s important to consider how to deploy Microsoft Active Directory to support group policy management, authentication, and authorization. This session details your options for deploying Active Directory to AWS, including using AWS Managed Microsoft AD and deploying Active Directory to Windows on Amazon EC2. It also covers integrating your on-premises Active Directory environment to the cloud and leveraging AWS Directory Service. Finally, includes a demo using on-premises Active Directory as an identity provider to access AWS services and other third-party applications with AWS SSO.

Managing and governing Microsoft workloads on AWS

DEC 3, 2020 | 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM PST and DEC 3, 2020 | 6:45 PM – 7:15 PM PST
DEC 4, 2020 | 2:45 AM – 3:15 AM PST
Having migrated your Microsoft Windows workloads to the AWS Cloud, you need to manage this new environment. Where do you start? With what services? In this session, learn best practices and approaches for managing your Microsoft Windows-based infrastructure on AWS. This session covers services to help you manage Windows servers at scale and maximize cloud benefits, such as AWS Systems Manager, Amazon CloudWatch agent, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, and Amazon EC2 launch templates. Learn how to build simple and effective solutions to deploy and manage logging, patching, configuration drift, inventory, licensing, and more.

Who gets what? Manage software licenses across AWS accounts

DEC 3, 2020 | 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM PST and 9:00 PM – 9:30 PM PST
DEC 4, 2020 | 5:00 AM – 5:30 AM PST
Organizations often run third-party software alongside AWS services and may struggle with the manual, time-consuming process of managing licenses for users and workloads on AWS. Procurement and asset management teams want to track and manage third-party software licenses centrally to control costs, enhance visibility of their software portfolio, and maintain compliance with license terms. In this session, learn about techniques and tools to manage your organization’s software licenses across hundreds of AWS accounts.

Move to managed file storage with Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

DEC 3, 2020 | 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM PST and 10:30 PM – 11:00 PM PST
DEC 4, 2020 | 6:30 AM – 7:00 AM PST
Managing file-based workloads on Network Attached Storage (NAS) hardware is often complex, difficult to scale, and costly. Amazon FSx for Windows File Server is the first and only fully managed Windows file system—built on Windows Server—providing the full compatibility, performance, and rich features required for Windows-based workloads. In this session, dive into SMB file storage use cases, such as user shares/home directories, content management, and media workflows. Learn about the latest cost optimization capabilities, such as data deduplication and user quotas, and gain best practices to ensure your migration project is a success.

Accelerate innovation for your Windows workloads on AWS

DEC 8, 2020 | 10:00 AM – 10:30 AM PST and 6:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST
DEC 9, 2020 | 2:00 AM – 2:30 AM PST
In this session, learn how AWS is driving innovation for Windows when migrating to, modernizing with, and building on AWS. We share the latest investments we have made to support Windows Server, SQL Server, and .NET applications to include new services, tools and programs so that you can reduce costs and increase performance on AWS cloud.

Advanced techniques for building with Amazon S3 in .NET applications

DEC 9, 2020 | 8:45 AM – 9:15 AM PST and 4:45 PM – 5:15 PM PST
DEC 10, 2020 | 12:45 AM – 1:15 AM PST
In this demo-heavy session, learn about newly released features in the AWS SDK for .NET that help you use Amazon S3 from within your applications. Specifically, this session examines using pagination with C# 8.0 IAsyncEnumerables and hosting Blazor applications in Amazon S3 buckets, and it covers new support for data encryption, including using your own keys and custom encryption.

Porting .NET Framework applications to .NET Core on Linux

DEC 10, 2020 | 9:15 AM – 9:45 AM PST and 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM PST
DEC 11, 2020 | 1:15 AM – 1:45 AM PST
In this session, take a modernization journey by watching a demonstration of how to us Porting Assistant for .NET to port a .NET Framework application that can only run on Windows to a .NET Core application capable of running on Linux. The session also explores how to refactor the .NET application and run it as a serverless application on AWS Lambda.

Deep dive on Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

DEC 16, 2020 | 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM PST and 8:30 PM – 9:00 PM PST
DEC 17, 2020 | 4:30 AM – 5:00 AM PST
Amazon FSx for Windows File Server provides fully managed, highly reliable, and durable Windows file storage, built on Microsoft Windows Server. It delivers full compatibility and features for your Windows workloads, including support for the SMB protocol, automatic backups, and Microsoft Active Directory integration. It offers fast and flexible performance and the lowest-cost file storage in the cloud for Windows workloads. In this session, discover the latest features to enable faster innovation with your business applications. Storage administrators and application owners will learn how to deploy and scale highly available Windows file storage integrated with their organization’s existing Active Directory environments.