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In the August 2010 release, RightScale announced General Availability (GA) support for managing Windows-based servers on Amazon EC2. Since then, this support has been added for several other clouds, including CloudStack, Rackspace, Softlayer, and Windows Azure. Support may differ somewhat between clouds, so make sure to check the latest RightImage Release Notes for the most current Windows-based server support. 

RightScale supports Windows 2003, 2008, and 2012 on par with Linux, and Windows servers are managed from the dashboard just like any other instances in the cloud. However, when launching Windows servers, there are additional Windows license fees that are factored into the pricing scheme. Essentially, you must pay for the infrastructure (Instance usage, etc.) and the Windows license for each launched server.  

Extensible monitoring, associated alerts and automation are also fully supported.

RightScale publishes many Windows RightImages and makes them publicly available for use in all of the supported clouds:

  • Windows 2003/2008/2012 Data Center Edition across i386/x64
  • Windows w/SQLServer Express 2003/2008/2012 across i386/x64
  • Windows w/SQLServer 2003/2008/2012 on x64

Check the OS and Software Package Support table to view the list of Windows RightImages that are currently published by RightScale and available in the MultiCloud Marketplace.

If you have existing images, we provide a RightLink installer so that you can make them compatible with RightScale. There are also a number of sample ServerTemplates (published by RightScale) that you can use to get started with launching and managing Windows servers with the RightScale management platform.

All Windows RightImages (published by RightScale) come preinstalled with the PowerShell 2.0 (as well as all the DLLs required to manage SQL server from PowerShell) and ASP.NET Framework 3.5.1. NTP is configured to ensure that the server’s clock is successfully synchronized at boot time and periodically thereafter.

Please note that Powershell runs a 32 bit process, even on 64 bit machines. So there will be times when you're invoking Powershell commands that want to access the 64 bit architecture but are unable to do so because the processes are sandboxed in the 32 bit environment.  This article provides a workaround on this issue.

Windows servers support both Chef and Powershell for automating installation and configuration. We also provide a monitoring plugin based on the collectd protocol. This plugin has a simple meta-language that can be used to query many of the WMI statistics available on Windows servers which makes them available directly from the RightScale Dashboard both for displaying graphs and creating alerts.

Supported Features

  • Create ServerTemplates for configuring Windows servers
  • Ability to run both RightScripts and Chef Recipes on Windows servers
  • Monitoring of Windows servers.  See Windows Monitoring.
  • Windows-based MultiCloud Images that use v5 RightImages (with RightLink)
  • "BlogEngine All-In-One" ServerTemplate - Restore a SqlServer 2005 Express database and set up an ASP.NET 3.5 application.  Chef recipes are used to initially configure the server, as well as for taking backups or restoring the database.
  • Windows MultiCloud Images for Windows 2003, 2008, and 2012.  For an updated list of what's supported, see OS and Software Package Support.
  • You can now create a RightScale-enabled Windows AMI for launching EC2 instances that has RightLink preinstalled.  See the RightLink Installer for Windows tutorial.
  • Server Arrays, Alerts, PowerShell 2.0 RightScripts, and Chef Support are all supported.


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