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BI@AWS 03 : Connecting to an AWS instance for SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x


Connecting to an AWS instance for SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x

This document is part of the series Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x on AWS

You can connect to an Amazon Web Services (AWS) instance by selecting a system meeting your sizing requirements as defined in an earlier steps. If you have not yet provisioned an AWS Instance for your SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x deployment , please start reading the provisioning guidelines available on : BI@AWS 02 : Provisioning a AWS instance for SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x


Assign Elastic IP:

  1. Have your AWS Image up and running in your preferred region
  2. Note the fact that no Public IP has been assigned in the sample setup. If you have a public IP assigned, please validate if this has been defined as a Elastic IP. In case you have no Elastic IP assigned, your Public IP may change after restarting your Image, driving potential issues while connecting into your SAP BusinessObjects environment. Additionally it is not recommended to have the SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform (BIP) being deployed against a dynamic IP, as BIP has bindings with the IP.

  3. To assign a static public IP, we have to create a Elastic IP.
    for information about the Elastic IP, please check : Elastic IP Addresses - Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud

    Creating an Elastic IP can be done via the menu bar on the left under -> Network & Security -> Elastic IPs

  4. Navigate to "Elastic IPs" and select "Allocate New Address" to start the creation of an Elastic IP

  5. You will get a confirmation IF you want to allocate a new IP. Select "Yes, Allocate" to generate a new Elastic IP
    Note: Creating Elastic IP's without using them will result in an additional charge

  6. Your Elastic IP is generated and can be assigned to your Instance

    The IP created will be listed under your Elastic IP's
  7. Now having the Elastic IP created, we can assign this to our Instance, enabling a fixed IP for usage outside AWS. To assign the IP to you Instance, select Action -> Associate Address
  8. Select the Instance ID from your system and confirm via "Associate"
  9. If we move back to the EC2 screens, we will see that the Elastic IP has been assigned to the Instance

Connecting to AWS Instance running Windows

Now that we have assigned a public IP to the AWS Instance, we can connect to the AWS instance using Microsoft Remote Desktop

  1. Before connecting to the Windows Instance, we need to set an Administrator password to enable a logon. To decode the Administrators password from the key file generated during instance a few steps are required. If you have already set your Windows Password, please continue with step 5

    - Select the instance you want to retrieve the Windows Password
    - Navigate to Actions -> Get Windows Password
  2. Choose the key pair file as stored while creating the instance
  3. Once the Key Pair is loaded, the value will be visible, select "Decrypt Password" to get the Windows Password
  4. The Windows Password is shown, note down to password or copy this for later use
  5. Start your Remote Desktop via your preferred path :
    - Start -> Run -> mstcs.exe
    - Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Remote Desktop Connection
    - Start -> Run -> Remote Desktop

    Enter the IP Number as recorded for the Public IP of you Instance
  6. On the Credentials Screen, enter you credentials to connect to the AWS Windows Instance. Please note to connect with .\Administrator to force the use of the local authentication model within the AWS Instance
  7. Depending on your security settings, a security popup may appear

    Accept the warning (and if preferred select the tickbox "Don't ask me again for connections to this computer")
  8. You can now work on your AWS Instance and start the installation of SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x. Please continue with : Deployment and Configuration of BI4x on AWS

Connecting to AWS Instance running Linux

To be added

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