This Is How To Create An AWS Windows EC2 Instance

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In last week’s post I went through how to create an Amazon AWS Linux EC2 Instance. Within that tutorial, we created a Linux web server and used an automated script to install the httpd service which then displayed a web page of the server’s internal IP, external IP and DNS name.

Today’s video tutorial is going to guide you through step-by-step, in achieving the same end result as we did with the Linux server tutorial, but on Microsoft Windows Server.

Windows Server EC2 Instance

Windows EC2 Instance Pre-Reqs

If you are brand new and don’t have experience with Amazon AWS, don’t worry, I have written 3 getting started articles that you can easily follow to get you up and running, with a free-tier account.

The 3 articles listed below should be followed in order:

However, if you already have an account and have some experience with AWS, you can jump straight into the tutorial.

Windows EC2 Instance Objective

I will guide you through using the AWS EC2 Instance creation wizard to:

  • Deploy Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Use a PowerShell script, to automate the install of IIS webserver, obtain AWS built-in meta-data such as internal IP address, external IP address and DNS name. Publish that information to a webpage called index.html.
  • Secure HTTP and RDP access so that it’s only allowed via a specific source IP
  • Create a new key-pair and use that key-pair to decrypt the Windows password
  • Test RDP and HTTP access to the server

When we browse to our new server, we will see the web page below:

Windows Server EC2 Instance

Windows Server Powershell Code

The Windows Server Powershell code that I paste into the user-data section of the EC2 creation wizard, is quite long. Therefore I have made the code publically accessible on my GitHub page. As a result, you can browse directly to the GitHub repository by clicking here.

Windows Server EC2 Instance Video

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