Microsoft SharePoint Server 2016 on AWS

AWS is a great place to host SharePoint Server 2016 on the cloud and even AWS created cloudformation template to create high available environment for SharePoint Server 2016.

You can find cloudformation template and its documentation in this link:

https://aws.amazon.com/windows/products/sharepoint/

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Here I want to mention some points to consider when using AWS services:

  1. Hosting SharePoint Server 2016 on AWS could provide 40% savings over the typical cost to deploy an on-premises SharePoint solution.
    [Based on many factors like topology design, region, ec2 types and High available solutions]
  2. Instead of using EC2 as domain server, with AWS Managed Microsoft AD, you can run directory-aware workloads in the AWS Cloud, including Microsoft SharePoint and custom .NET and SQL Server-based applications
    https://docs.aws.amazon.com/directoryservice/latest/admin-guide/directory_microsoft_ad.html
    https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/introducing-aws-directory-service-for-microsoft-active-directory-standard-edition/
  3.  It’s recommended to use SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups , but if you want to use Native SQL Server Failover Clustering then you need third party tools and services.

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