Amazon FSx for Windows File Server provides fully managed, highly reliable, and scalable file storage that is accessible over the industry-standard Service Message Block (SMB) protocol.
FSx for Windows is built on Windows Server, delivering a wide range of administrative features such as user quotas, end-user file restore, ACLs, and Microsoft Active Directory (AD) integration.
FSx for Windows provides high levels of throughput and IOPS and consistent sub-millisecond latencies.
FSx for Windows offers single-AZ and multi-AZ deployment options, fully managed backups, and encryption of data at rest and in transit.
FSx for Windows File Server backups are file-system-consistent, highly durable, and incremental.
Amazon FSx is accessible from Windows, Linux, and MacOS compute instances and devices.
Amazon FSx provides concurrent access to the file system to thousands of compute instances and devices
Amazon FSx can connect the file system to EC2, VMware Cloud on AWS, Amazon WorkSpaces, and Amazon AppStream 2.0 instances.
Integrated with CloudWatch to monitor storage capacity and file system activity
Integrated with CloudTrail to monitor all Amazon FSx API calls
Amazon FSx was designed for use cases that require Windows shared file storage, like CRM, ERP, custom or .NET applications, home directories, data analytics, media, and entertainment workflows, web serving and content management, software build environments, and Microsoft SQL Server.
Amazon FSx file system is accessible from the on-premises environment using an AWS Direct Connect or AWS VPN connection
Amazon FSx is accessible from multiple VPCs, AWS accounts, and AWS Regions using VPC Peering connections or AWS Transit Gateway
Amazon FSx provides consistent sub-millisecond latencies with SSD storage and single-digit millisecond latencies with HDD storage
Amazon FSx supports Microsoft’s Distributed File System (DFS) to organize shares into a single folder structure up to hundreds of PB in size
FSx for Windows Security
Amazon FSx works with Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to integrate with existing Windows environments, which can either be an AWS Managed Microsoft AD or self-managed Microsoft AD
Amazon FSx provides standard Windows permissions (full support for Windows Access Controls ACLS) for files and folders.
Amazon FSx for Windows File Server supports encryption at rest for the file system and backups using KMS managed keys
Amazon FSx encrypts data-in-transit using SMB Kerberos session keys when accessing the file system from clients that support SMB 3.0
Amazon FSx supports file-level or folder-level restores to previous versions by supporting Windows shadow copies, which are snapshots of your file system at a point in time
Amazon FSx supports Windows shadow copies to enable the end-users to easily undo file changes and compare file versions by restoring files to previous versions, and backups to support the backup retention and compliance needs.
FSx complies with ISO, PCI-DSS, and SOC certifications, and is HIPAA eligible.
FSx for Windows Availability and durability
Amazon FSx automatically replicates the data within an Availability Zone (AZ) to protect it from component failure,
Amazon FSx continuously monitors for hardware failures and automatically replaces infrastructure components in the event of a failure.
Amazon FSx supports Multi-AZ deployment
automatically provisions and maintains a standby file server in a different Availability Zone.
any changes written to disk in the file system are synchronously replicated across AZs to standby.
helps enhance availability during planned system maintenance
helps protect the data against instance failure and AZ disruption.
In the event of planned file system maintenance or unplanned service disruption, Amazon FSx automatically fails over to the secondary file server, allowing data accessibility without manual intervention.
Multi-AZ file systems automatically failover from the preferred file server to the standby file server if
An Availability Zone outage occurs.
Preferred file server becomes unavailable.
Preferred file server undergoes planned maintenance.
Amazon FSx supports automatic backups of the file systems, which incrementally store only the changes after the most recent backup.
Amazon FSx stores backups in S3.
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A data processing facility wants to move a group of Microsoft Windows servers to the AWS Cloud. Theses servers require access to a shared file system that can integrate with the facility’s existing Active Directory (AD) infrastructure for file and folder permissions. The solution needs to provide seamless support for shared files with AWS and on-premises servers and allow the environment to be highly available. The chosen solution should provide added security by supporting encryption at rest and in transit. The solution should also be cost-effective to implement and manage. Which storage solution would meet these requirements?
An AWS Storage Gateway file gateway joined to the existing AD domain
An Amazon FSx for Windows File Server file system joined to the existing AD domain
An Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) file system joined to an AWS managed AD domain
An Amazon S3 bucket mounted on Amazon EC2 instances in multiple Availability Zones running Windows Server and joined to an AWS managed AD domain.