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Self-deploy a Bold Reports Server on Amazon Web Service.

Install and run the Bold Reports server on an AWS EC2 instance by following these steps.

Set up an AWS EC2 instance

  • Sign into the AWS portal.

  • From the EC2 console dashboard, choose Launch instance from the options that appear.

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  • Enter a descriptive Name and tags for your instance. giving-name

  • Choose Windows under Application and OS Images (Amazon Machine Image).

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  • From the Instance type list, select the hardware configuration for your instance. You can find the minimum required hardware configuration here.

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  • Under the Key Pair (login) section, you can either create a new RSA key pair or select an existing one.

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  • Next to Network settings, select Edit. For the Security group name, you will notice that the wizard has created and chosen a security group for you. You can either use this security group or choose the one you created during the setup process.

  • Keep the default selections for the other configuration settings for your instance.

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  • Review the summary of your instance configuration and then click Launch instance.

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  • A confirmation page will inform you that your instance is launching. To close the confirmation page and return to the console, select View all instances.

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  • On the Instances List page, you can view the status of instance creation. It takes a few moments for an instance to be created. When you launch an instance, its initial state is pending. After the instance starts, its state changes to running, and it receives a public DNS name. If the Public IPv4 DNS column is hidden, click on the settings icon in the top-right corner, enable Public IPv4 DNS, and click on Confirm.

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  • It may take a few minutes for the instance to be ready for you to connect to it. Please ensure that your instance has passed its status check in the Status check column.

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Connect to the EC2 instance

  • Navigate to the newly created EC2 instance from the AWS console. instance-panel

  • In the Connect instance section, navigate to the RDP client tab and select “Get Password”. connect

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  • Upload the RSA (.pem) key pair that was downloaded during instance creation and click on Decrypt Password.

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  • Now download the Remote Desktop File (RDP) and copy the admin password.

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  • Open the .rdp file and click Connect when prompted with the unknown publisher warning. It will then ask for a password. Enter the password that you copied from the AWS EC2 console.

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  • On a successful connection, the identity verification window will be displayed. Click Yes to accept the certificate problems and connect to the virtual machine.

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Installing and running the Bold Reports Server

This section provides instructions on how to install and run the Bold Reports server on a virtual machine (VM).

  • Install the Bold Reports server on the created virtual machine (VM) in the AWS portal using the help link.

  • Launch your application either by default or through your desktop shortcut menu item. For example, start Bold Reports in IIS.

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  • Follow the steps provided in the link to initiate the application startup.