reference deployment

Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

Shared file storage for Windows-based applications on AWS

This Quick Start implements Amazon FSx for Windows File Server on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud.

FSx for Windows File Server provides a fully managed native Microsoft Windows file system so that you can move your Windows-based applications that require shared file storage to AWS. The deployment includes your choice of AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory (AWS Managed Microsoft AD) or self-managed Microsoft Active Directory.

This Quick Start is for IT infrastructure architects, administrators, and DevOps professionals who are planning to implement Microsoft Windows file systems on AWS.

FSx for Windows File Server is not available in all AWS Regions. For a current list of supported Regions, see Service Endpoints and Quotas in the AWS documentation.


This Quick Start was developed by
AWS solutions architects.

  •  What you'll build
  •  How to deploy
  •  Cost and licenses
  •  What you'll build
  • Amazon FSx for Windows File Server with AWS Managed Microsoft AD
    architecture diagram
    Amazon FSx for Windows File Server with self-managed Active Directory
    architecture diagram

    Use this Quick Start to automatically set up FSx for Windows File Server with AWS Managed Microsoft AD or with self-managed Active Directory. The deployment includes the following:

    • A highly available architecture that spans two Availability Zones*
    • A virtual private cloud (VPC) configured with public and private subnets according to AWS best practices, to provide you with your own virtual network on AWS*
    • In the public subnets:
      • Managed network address translation (NAT) gateways to allow outbound internet access for resources in the private subnets*
      • A Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) host in an Auto Scaling group to allow inbound Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) access to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances in public and private subnets*
    • In the private subnets:
      • Your choice of the following: an AWS Managed Microsoft AD domain or self-managed Active Directory on EC2 instances*
      • FSx for Windows File Server

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

  •  How to deploy
  • To set up FSx for Windows File Server on AWS, follow the instructions in the deployment guide. The deployment process takes about 1.5 hours and includes these steps:

    1. If you don't already have an AWS account, sign up at, and sign in to your account.
    2. Launch the Quick Start, choosing from the following options:
    3. During the deployment, choose your deployment scenario:
      • AWS Managed Microsoft AD
      • Self-managed Active Directory
    4. Test the deployment.
  •  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 templates for this Quick Start include 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.

    Tip     After you deploy the Quick Start, we recommend that you enable the AWS Cost and Usage Report to track costs associated with the Quick Start. This report delivers billing metrics to an S3 bucket in your account. It provides cost estimates based on usage throughout each month, and finalizes the data at the end of the month. For more information about the report, see the AWS documentation.