Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

The architecture of Amazon FSx consists of multiple components that work together to provide a fully managed, highly scalable, and high-performance file storage service.

At a high level, the architecture of Amazon FSx includes the following components:

  • File servers: These are EC2 instances that run the Windows file server and provide access to file storage over the SMB protocol.

  • Storage: The underlying data storage is provided by Amazon S3, which is a highly scalable, highly available, and highly durable object storage service.

  • Virtual Private Cloud (VPC): Amazon FSx is deployed in a VPC for added security and network isolation.

  • Networking: Amazon FSx uses Amazon VPC and Elastic Network Interfaces (ENIs) to provide a highly available and scalable network for accessing your file storage.

  • Data replication: Amazon FSx automatically replicates your data across multiple availability zones to ensure high durability and availability.

  • Management and Monitoring: Amazon FSx is fully managed, which means that Amazon handles all the management and maintenance tasks such as software updates and backups. Additionally, Amazon provides detailed monitoring and logging capabilities, so you can easily track the performance and availability of your file storage.


In this exercise, we will set up a common data storage system for the Windows infrastructure.

Main content

  1. Introduction
  2. Preparation steps
  3. Map Default File Share
  4. Create New File Shares
  5. Test Performance
  6. Enable data deduplication
  7. Enable shadow copies
  8. Manage user sessions and open files
  9. Enable user storage quotas
  10. Enable Continuous Access share
  11. Scale throughput capacity
  12. Scale storage capacity
  13. Delete environment
  14. Using the AWS CLI (reference)