Using CloudFormation with Faspex On Demand

Overview

This article describes how to launch Aspera Faspex on Demand with an AWS CloudFormation template.  The template will automate the following steps:  

  • Install aws cli
  • Provision Aspera Faspex On demand
  • Entitle Faspex On Demand
  • Add a transfer server (or cluster) as a File Storage node within Faspex
  • Disable http fallback

The cloud formation templates were created and tested for version 3.6.0 of Faspex on Demand.

 

Preparation

This article requires the following preparation.

  1. You have prepared a VPC
  2. You have prepared a Security Group
  3. You have an SSH key created in AWS console
  4. You know your IAM role (if you plan to use it)
  5. You have downloaded the attached "file_source.rake" file and uploaded it to an s3 bucket. 

Details

  1. Login to AWS console
  2. Navigate to the Cloud Formation page
  3. Click on 'Create'
  4. Specify an Amazon S3 template URL: https://s3.amazonaws.com/aspera-helpers/20160610-Feb-FOD-3-6-0.template (note: you can also download and edit the defaults in the template for your specific deployment)
  5. Click Next
  6. Input the parameters specific to your environment, such as:

    • Key Name
    • IAM role
    • Subnet Id
    • Security Group ID
    • FQDN of your transfer server or cluster
    • Access Key & Secret (or Node user for tranfer server)
    • Customer ID
    • Entitlement ID
  7. Click "Next" to review the config, and then "Create".
  8. The complete deployment and configuration process takes about 10 minutes. Please check the status in the Cloud formation Events tab.

 

Additional resources

  1. Amazon cloud formation documentation
    http://docs.amazonwebservices.com/AWSCloudFormation/latest/UserGuide/Welcome.html
  2. Faspex on Demand documentation
    http://downloads.asperasoft.com/en/downloads/56

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