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Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

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In this blog, we will show you the steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server.

BENEFITS OF AWS FSx

  • Using Fsx we can run high-performing file systems without any hassle.
  • It’s simple and fully managed.
  • Highly available and durable.
  • Pay only for used resources.
  • It’s very easy to integrate with other AWS services.

REQUIREMENT

  • Windows Active Directory
  • AWS Account

Note: In this demo, we are using AWS Managed Microsoft AD.

ENVIRONMENT SETUP

  • We are using the AWS Sydney region for this demo.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Also, we have created a new VPC with 2 subnets (Private & Public).

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

CREATING AWS DIRECTORY SERVICE

  • Login to your AWS account and search for Directory Service.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Click on Setup Directory.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • From the list of directory types, select the AWS Managed Microsoft AD option and click Next.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Select the Standard Edition and also provide the FQDN name for your AD domain.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Then provide the password for your Active directory admin username and click Next.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Select the VPC from the drop-down list that contains your active directory service. Leave the remaining options as default.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Review the selected options and click on Create Directory button.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • It takes at least 30 minutes to complete the operation.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • The AD was created successfully.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

AWS FSx CREATION

  • Go to your AWS account and search for AWS FSx and click on it.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • From the new screen, click on create file system button.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Then select Amazon FSx for the Windows File Server option and click Next.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Provide a name for this file system.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • For this demo, we are using the single-AZ deployment type and HDD type as SSD with a minimum size of 32 GB. Also, we leave the default throughput capacity as 32 MB/s.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Select the corresponding VPC for this File system. We are using the existing VPC which we used for the AWS Directory service.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Also, We have added the below list of ports in the AWS security group (AZ-VPC-SG) list.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • For more information, please refer to the below links.

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/fsx/latest/WindowsGuide/limit-access-security-groups.html

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/fsx/latest/WindowsGuide/self-manage-prereqs.html?icmpid=docs_fsx_console

  • Once you verified all the required ports are added in the incoming traffic, you can move on to select the AWS Managed Microsoft Active Directory option under windows authentication.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Leave the remaining optional as default and move to the next screen.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Verify the selected options on the summary page and click on Create File system.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • After 20 minutes, AWS FSx was created successfully.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

UPDATING DNS IP’s

Note: We have created a new EC2 instance under the Sydney region for this demo.

  • Login into a windows machine and open windows network connection.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Right-click on the network and select properties.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Select TCP/IP v4 and click on properties.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Add the newly created AWS managed Microsoft Active directory DNS addresses as Preferred & Alternate DNS servers.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

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  • Click OK to save the changes.

ADDING THE SERVER TO THE DOMAIN

  • Right-click on the My Computer and select properties.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Under computer name & domain, select change settings.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Again click on the change button to add this machine to a domain.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Select the Member of option and add your domain name and click OK.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • It will prompt for domain login credentials, Provide that information and click on OK.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • The server added to this domain successfully.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Restart the server to apply the changes.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Once the server is back online, Go-to my computer and click on the Computer tab then select map a network drive.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Go to AWS Fsx and select the newly created file system.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Then select on Attach button.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • From the pop-up screen, copy the DNS name.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Paste it in the network share path on the windows server. Then click on Finish.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Provide the AD admin login credentials from the pop-up screen to complete the drive mapping process.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

  • Now the windows Fsx drive is shared successfully.

Steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server

Thanks for reading this blog. We hope it was useful for you to learn about the steps to access AWS FSx from Windows Server.

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  • Weekly Status Reports
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  • Instant Account Activation

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24/7 Proactive Server Management
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