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Version: v22.0

AWS Amazon Machine Images for Windows Quick Start Guide


This quick start guide describes how to configure DH2i’s pay-as-you-go DxEnterprise Windows images available on AWS. Using this guide, the user will configure DxEnterprise on two servers (nodes) and join the second node into a cluster.


  • An AWS Virtual Machine (VM) with DxEnterprise pre-installed. To create a DxEnterprise VM using a Marketplace Image, search for “DxEnterprise” in the Marketplace using the AWS search bar.
  • A second DxEnterprise VM for joining two nodes into a cluster.

Configure Server

  1. Ensure the VM is up-to-date using Windows Update or sconfig.

  2. Ensure the server hostname is set and unique.

  3. Run the DxEnterprise Setup shortcut on the desktop to start DxEnterprise services.

Configure DxEnterprise Using DxConfiguration Manager

DxConfiguration Manager is a client tool used to configure first-time DxEnterprise installations on Windows. After the configuration is completed, administrators can use DxEnterprise’s management UI, DxAdmin, for cluster management. See the DxConfiguration Manager Admin Guide for more information.

  1. Start DxConfiguration Manager by double-clicking the desktop shortcut.

  2. Click Manage OTPK to set a One-Time PassKey for the cluster that can be used by other nodes to join the cluster via NAT.

    OTPK Management Window

  3. Select New, and a window will appear for setting the expiration time of the OTPK.

    Set the OTPK for the cluster

  4. Choose a time and date for expiration (or leave the default), the select Set to generate the OTPK and close the window.

  5. Save the OTPK for later so it can be used to join the second node to the cluster.

  6. OPTIONAL: At the main menu, select Set Passkey to open the Passkey Management window.


    Setting a cluster passkey is not required for NAT joins. However, a cluster passkey is required for remote cluster management.

    Enter a cluster passkey

    1. Enter a passkey for the cluster and select Submit.

    2. After the passkey is successfully set, select OK to return to the main menu.

Setup Second Node and Join to Cluster

  1. Complete all the steps in the Configure Server section for the second node.

  2. Start DxConfiguration Manager by double-clicking the desktop shortcut.

  3. At the DxConfiguration Manager main menu, select Join Membership.

    Join the VMs into a cluster using membership management

    1. Select the Join via NAT Match Agent checkbox.

    2. Leave the Target Member field with the default value of

    3. In the Pass Key field, paste (or type) the OTPK.

    4. Select OK to join the cluster via NAT.

  4. Close the DxConfiguration Manager window.

Next Steps

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