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Engineer Screencast #1: Installation


We’ve released the first of a series of screencasts. Our first video walks you through a typical installation in an AWS account. The video starts in the Support Center to show you how to download the application and database CloudFormation templates. You can then take those CloudFormation templates and launch CloudFormation stacks in your own AWS account.

The database CloudFormation stack allows you to customize the VPC, subnets, and the number of nodes, and specify whether you are launching the RDS instance from a snapshot.

The application CloudFormation stack allows you to customize both the node settings as well as the user-facing settings. Like the database template, you can specify the node settings with the VPC, subnets, number of nodes, the AMI, and any pre-command or post-command settings. These settings allow you to customize the installation without making changes to the CloudFormation templates. The user-facing settings allow you to customize in which subnets the user-facing load balancer will be, whether it will be an internal or a public load balancer, the SSL, and domain name settings.

Once the installation is complete, you can grab the URL of the user-facing load balancer and access the initialization page. You’ll fill in a few fields along with the license and then you can log into the application. The video also walks you through how easy it is to modify the SSL settings after the application has already been set up.

In our next video, we’ll cover how to configure your application settings after deployment.

Joe is the CTO at