Starting version 18.104.22.168, you have the ability to deploy a reevert appliance directly on AWS cloud. The appliance can be a standalone workgroup instance or a part of a Windows active directory that is accessible inside your VPC. The biggest advantage of this type of deployment is leveraging the AWS CloudFormation to automatically and easily create the appliance stack for you.
This becomes specifically handy where there is a need to deploy a standalone file server on the cloud with the capability of secure remote access using VPN. The awesome news is that your reevert appliance can do all of this including the VPN service. You can create local users and if your appliance is joined to a Windows domain, domain users will have the ability to use the VPN service.
What do you need to start?
Step One: Upload the template
Login to your AWS management Console. Make sure to change the region to desired location. Click on the Services at the top and type "CloudFormation" in the search box. Then click on CloudFormation, once the page loads, click the "Create Stack" orange button.
On the stack creation page, choose upload a template file, click on "Choose File" and browse to the CloudFormation template JSON file that you have extracted from the download.
Click "Next" when the upload is complete.
Step Two: Stack Parameters
In this step you need to enter the stack parameters, which determine the final specifications of your reevert appliance. If you are not sure about the specifications and needed storage capacity, we highly recommend checking out the reevert best practices document.
Here is a breakdown of all the parameters you need to specify:
Click "Next" when you are ready. On the next step you can enter / choose optional elements such as tags etc. Click "Next" to go to the review screen. Review everything to make sure you are satisfied with all parameters and specifications. Click "Previous" if you need to go back and change anything.
Step Three: Create the stack
When you are ready to proceed, check the "I acknowledge that AWS CloudFormation might create IAM resources." box and then click "Create Stack". reevert needs this permission to create a S3 user and access policy to be able to upload backups to S3.
This part of the deployment may take up to 10 minutes to complete. Once you see a green check mark displayed next to the stack name, that means the deployment is now complete.
If there are any issues, the stack deployment will not be completed and an automatic roll-back will be be initiated to delete any resources that were created. If everything looks good, click on the "Output" tab to retrieve the appliances web panel access to proceed with the setup process.
Click on the "Website URL" link. Since the appliance is using a self-signed SSL certificate, your web browser will ask you to if you are sure to proceed. Override and answer yes to get to the setup screen:
Step Four: Proceed with the setup
Once the setup page is loaded, proceed with the setup process as you usually do with a regular reevert appliance. Please see the documentation for more information.
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