Deploying a Management Node in AWS
As with all Pexip Infinity deployments, you must first deploy the Management Node before deploying any Conferencing Nodes. In a hybrid cloud deployment the Management Node may be deployed in the corporate network or in the AWS VPC. This section describes how to deploy the Management Node in AWS.
Deploying a Management Node in AWS consists of the following steps:
- In the AWS management console, pick the desired AWS region and use the launch wizard to create an instance of the Management Node.
- Search the Community AMIs section for the relevant Pexip Infinity Management Node AMI.
- Ensure that the instance is associated with a suitable security group, and that an SSH key pair has been associated with the instance.
- After the instance has booted, SSH into it and set the administrator password. This will then terminate the SSH session.
- SSH in to the Management Node again and complete the Pexip Infinity installation wizard as for an on-premises deployment.
These steps are described below in more detail.
- In the AWS management console, ensure that you have selected the AWS region in which you intend to deploy the Management Node and all of its associated Conferencing Nodes.
From the EC2 dashboard, select.
This launches the wizard in which you will select and configure your image.
- Complete Step 1: Choose an Amazon Machine Image (AMI):
- Select .
- Search the Community AMIs section for "Pexip".
- Select where <version> is the software version you want to install.
- Complete Step 2: Choose an Instance Type:
- For deployments of up to 30 Conferencing Nodes, we recommend using an m4.large instance type for the Management Node.
- Select .
- Complete Step 3: Configure Instance Details:
Complete the following fields (leave all other settings as default):
Number of instances 1 Subnet Use default subnet. Auto-assign Public IP
Enable or disable this option according to whether you want the node to be reachable from a public IP address.
Your subnet may be configured so that instances in that subnet are assigned a public IP address by default.
Note that the Management Node only needs to be publicly accessible if you want to perform system administration tasks from clients located in the public internet.
Either leave as Auto-assign or, if required, specify your desired IP address.
(AWS reserves the first four IP addresses and the last one IP address of every subnet for IP networking purposes.)
- Select .
- Complete Step 4: Add Storage:
- Accept the default settings (the Pexip AMI will have set these defaults appropriately for a Management Node).
- Select .
- Complete Step 5: Tag Instance:
- You can optionally add tags to your instance, if you want to categorize your AWS resources.
- Select .
- Complete Step 6: Configure Security Group:
- Select and assign your security group to your Management Node instance.
- Select .
- Complete Step 7: Review Instance Launch:
- You are now asked to select an existing key pair or create a new key pair:
Select the key pair that you want to associate with this instance, and acknowledge that you have the private key file.
You will need to supply the private key when you subsequently SSH into this instance.
Thescreen is displayed.
Select running.to see all of your configured instances and ensure that your Instance State is
The status screen also indicates the private IP address, and public IP address if appropriate, of the instance.
You must now SSH into the Management Node instance to complete the installation of Pexip Infinity.
Use an SSH client to access the Management Node by its private IP address, supplying your private key file as appropriate.
Follow the login process in the SSH session:
- At the login prompt, enter the username admin.
- Supply the key passphrase, if requested.
- At the "Enter new UNIX password:" prompt, enter your desired password, and then when prompted, enter the password again.
This will then log you out and terminate your SSH session.
- Reconnect over SSH into the Management Node instance and continue the installation process:
Log in again as admin.
You are presented with another login prompt:
Running Pexip installation wizard...
[sudo] password for admin:
Enter the UNIX password you just created.
The Pexip installation wizard will begin after a short delay.
Complete the installation wizard to apply basic configuration to the Management Node:
- Accept the defaults for the IP address, Network mask and Gateway settings.
- Enter your required Hostname and Domain suffix for the Management Node.
- Configure one or more DNS servers and NTP servers. You must override the default values if it is a private deployment.
- Set the Web administration username and password.
- Select whether to Enable incident reporting and whether to Send deployment and usage statistics to Pexip.
The DNS and NTP servers at the default addresses are only accessible if your instance has a public IP address.
The installation wizard will fail if the NTP server address cannot be resolved and reached.
After successfully completing the wizard, the SSH connection will be lost as the Management Node reboots.
After a few minutes you will be able to use the Pexip Infinity Administrator interface to access and configure the Management Node (remember to use https to connect to the node if you have only configured https access rules in your security group).
You can now configure your Pexip Infinity platform licenses, VMRs, aliases, locations etc, and add Conferencing Nodes.
To look at the steps taken in setting up an example lab deployment of a Management Node in AWS, see http://www.graham-walsh.com/2016/01/deploying-pexip-management-node-in-amazon-web-services/, and to see an example of deploying a Conferencing Node in AWS, see http://www.graham-walsh.com/2016/01/deploying-pexip-conference-node-in-amazon-web-services/.