reference deployment

Exchange Server on AWS

Email, messaging, scheduling with high availability on the AWS Cloud

This Quick Start deploys Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 automatically into a configuration of your choice on the AWS Cloud. The deployment includes Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) for directory services, and Remote Desktop (RD) Gateway for remote administration over the internet.

The default configuration deploys the minimal infrastructure required to run Exchange Server on AWS with high availability for 250 mailboxes. You can also align your environment to the Microsoft preferred architecture for 250 mailboxes (two Exchange servers per Availability Zone) or 2,500 mailboxes (four Exchange servers per Availability Zone).

The Quick Start includes AWS CloudFormation templates that automate the deployment, and a guide that provides step-by-step deployment and configuration instructions to help you get started with Exchange Server on AWS.


This Quick Start was developed by
AWS solutions architects.

  •  What you'll build
  •  How to deploy
  •  Cost and licenses
  •  What you'll build
  • Use this Quick Start to automatically set up the following Exchange Server environment on AWS:

    • A virtual private cloud (VPC) configured with public and private subnets across two Availability Zones. This provides the network infrastructure for your Exchange Server deployment.*
    • An internet gateway to provide access to the internet.*
    • In the public subnets, network address translation (NAT) instances to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets.*
    • In the public subnets, RD Gateway instances to provide remote administration through the internet.*
    • (Optional) In the public subnets, Exchange Edge Transport role (an SMTP gateway) for routing internet email in and out of your environment.
    • In the private subnets, Active Directory domain controllers.*
    • In the private subnets, multi-role Exchange servers.

    *  The template that deploys the Quick Start into an existing VPC skips the tasks marked by asterisks and prompts you for your existing VPC configuration.

  •  How to deploy
  • To build your highly available Exchange Server environment on AWS, follow the instructions in the deployment guide. The deployment process includes these steps:

    1. Plan your deployment, following the Quick Start guidance for performance and high availability.
    2. If you don't already have an AWS account, sign up at
    3. Launch the Quick Start. Each deployment takes about 3 hours. You can choose from two options:
    4. Perform post-deployment configuration tasks.

    To customize your deployment, you can choose different instance types for your resources, configure CIDR blocks and IP addresses, and optionally include Exchange Edge Transport servers.

  •  Cost and licenses
  • You are responsible for the cost of the AWS services used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. There is no additional cost for using the Quick Start.

    The AWS CloudFormation template for this Quick Start includes configuration parameters that you can customize. Some of these settings, such as instance type, will affect the cost of deployment. For cost estimates, see the pricing pages for each AWS service you will be using. Prices are subject to change.

    You must obtain a license for Exchange Server before you deploy this Quick Start. Microsoft Exchange Server 2013 can be deployed and licensed via the Microsoft License Mobility through Software Assurance program. For development and test environments, you can leverage your existing MSDN licenses for Exchange Server using Amazon EC2 Dedicated Instances. For details, see the MSDN on AWS page.