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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a suite of cloud services and infrastructure, including online-hosted virtual machines, storage, networking and more. It allows users to deploy a virtual server with the required configuration with just a few clicks.
SmartBear provides a preconfigured AMI (Amazon Machine Image) for users who want to run Private Node Server in the Amazon EC2 cloud. This guide explains how you can launch an instance of Private Node Server.
You must have an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account before deploying Private Node Server on Amazon EC2.
Sign in or create an AWS account.
Private Node Server is currently available in the following AWS regions:
|us-east-1||US East (N. Virginia)|
|us-east-2||US East (Ohio)|
|us-west-1||US West (N. California)|
|us-west-2||US West (Oregon)|
If you want to launch Private Node Server in a region other than US West (Oregon), first, you need to contact Support or your Sales representative and tell us your AWS account ID and the desired AWS region. We will share the AMI with your AWS account and let you know when it is ready for use.
Your AWS account ID is the 12-digit number that is displayed below the Support menu.
From the top menu, select the US region where you want to launch Private Node Server.
Change the filter to Public Images and filter by the owner ID 693228085634. You should see the AMI named SmartBear Private Node <version>.
Select the AMI on the list and click Launch. If there are multiple versions, launch the latest version.
Choose the instance type that meets the requirements for your desired monitoring capacity, then click Next: Configure Instance Details.
On the next screen, you can select the network, subnet and other parameters. Once done, click Next: Add Storage.
(Optional.) Add additional storage to your instance, if needed. Then click Next: Tag Instance.
Name your instance and click Next: Configure Security Group.
Now you need to configure a security group that will allow communication between your Private Node Server and AlertSite platform. Select Create a new security group and enter a name and description for the group.
Add the following rules for inbound traffic:
|SSH||TCP||22||Anywhere 0.0.0.0/0||For remote support on your Private Node Server.|
|HTTPS||TCP||443||Anywhere 0.0.0.0/0||To access the Control Panel (web interface) of Private Node Server.|
|HTTP||TCP||80||Anywhere 0.0.0.0/0||To access the Control Panel (web interface) of the Private Node Server. Note that http:// will automatically redirect to https://.|
If you are launching your instance into a VPC network, you also need to add the following Outbound Rules:
|HTTPS||TCP||443||184.108.40.206 (privateagent.alertsite.com)||To register your private node and ServerAgent in AlertSite, to send monitoring data and to collect configuration updates from AlertSite.|
|SMTP||TCP||25||Anywhere||To send email alerts (if you will not use a mail relay host).|
|Custom TCP Rule||TCP||4892||The IP addresses of AlertSite locations chosen for ServerAgent reporting.||In order for ServerAgent to report Private Node Server health status and performance data to AlertSite.
Note: You can skip this rule for now and add it to the security group later when configuring ServerAgent.
|Additionally, the protocols, hosts and ports of any external websites you want to monitor.|
Your Private Node Server instance is now running.
Important: You will be charged for each hour or partial hour your instance is running, from the moment it boots until you terminate it. When you no longer need the instance, be sure to terminate it as explained below.
You need to know the IP address of your Private Node Server to access its web interface (Control Panel). To find the IP address:
Find the Public IP value in the table, or in the Description pane at the bottom.
Once you know the IP address, navigate to https://<ip address> in your browser. Ignore the certificate warning and log in as insiteadm / 1nSitePa$$. You will see the Private Node Server Control Panel informing you that the node is not registered.
There are a few more things you need to do to get your instance truly up and running:
You can add more CPUs, memory and storage to your existing Private Node Server instance later, if needed. For more information, see Resizing Your Instance in Amazon AWS documentation.
When you no longer need an instance, you can terminate (delete) it. Historical monitoring data is stored in AlertSite, so terminating an instance will not delete its monitoring data, unless you also delete the corresponding location from AlertSite.
To terminate an instance:
Click Actions and select Instance State > Terminate.