You can use Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) to run your Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server workloads. You can also develop and deploy applications using ASP.NET and Internet Information Server (IIS). Whether you are thinking about application hosting, building a dev/test environment, or customizing SharePoint, your MSDN subscription can help provide the software to get you started in the AWS cloud.

There is no technical reason why software available under your MSDN subscription license cannot work on all Amazon EC2 instance types; however, the Microsoft Volume Licensing Product Use Rights (July 2014) states, “You may install and use permitted copies of the software on Servers and other devices that are under the day-to-day management and control of third parties, provided all such Servers and other devices are and remain fully dedicated to your use.”

Amazon EC2 Dedicated Instances help you use your MSDN subscription licenses on AWS for development and test without paying additional Microsoft licensing fees*. Dedicated Instances are Amazon EC2 instances that run on hardware that is dedicated to you—a single customer. Your Dedicated Instances are physically isolated at the host hardware level. They are available as On-Demand and Reserved Instances. Click here to learn more.

Get started quickly using AWS with the AWS SDK for .NET. The SDK helps take the complexity of integration out of your coding by providing .NET APIs for many AWS services including Amazon EC2, Amazon S3, DynamoDB and more. The single, downloadable package includes the AWS Toolkit for Microsoft Visual Studio, Visual Studio project templates, AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell, the AWS .NET Library, C# code samples, and documentation.

The AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio is an extension for Microsoft Visual Studio that makes it easier for developers to develop, debug, and deploy .NET applications using Amazon Web Services. With the AWS Toolkit for Visual Studio, you'll be able to get started faster and be more productive when building AWS applications.

Find solutions to common challenges in our case studies and white papers. More information on pricing is available here. For other questions about Microsoft on AWS, visit the FAQ page.

If you are interested in running Microsoft Windows Server or Windows Server applications, such as SQL or SharePoint on AWS, and would like to have an AWS Sales Representative follow-up with you about your IT project, please contact us.

* You are responsible for complying with Microsoft licensing. Please consult your specific Microsoft license agreement.