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How to Deploy MVC Application to AWS EC2 Using RDP Connection and Web Deploy

AWS EC2 deployment

What is AWS EC2? AWS EC2 is an amazon compute service, it is an instance of virtual server that can quickly be used to run applications on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) infrastructure. What is RDP? This is a remote desktop protocol that you can use to remotely connect to a Windows computer. What is Web Deploy? Web Deploy is a Microsoft Deployment tool that simplifies how migration, management, and deployment of IIS web servers, web applications, and websites is done. If you want to read some other guides on AWS App deployments read these How to Deploy Dynamic Website to AWS EC2, How to host Static Website and Versioning on AWS S3, How to deploy an Angular App to AWS S3

Setting up your AWS Account
- Create an account via
RDP connection setup
AWS Account Signup

Log in to the AWS management console:

Web Deploy MVC application
AWS Login Page

After logging in go to the service section and click on EC2. And launch an EC2 instance.

AWS cloud deployment
Launching Instance

How to Deploy MVC Application

In this guide I will be using Windows Server 2022 Base as the Machine I will be using for the deployment of the .Net App.

AWS EC2 deployment
Setting up of AMI Instance

Continue to follow the installation wizard and click Next: Configure Instance Details

RDP connection setup
Setting up of AMI Instance

Configure your Security Group, check the below image and set your configuration accordingly.

Web Deploy MVC application
Setting the Security Group

The next step is to create a key pair that will give you access to the instance, enter your desired key pair and download and keep it.

AWS cloud deployment
Creating a Key Pair

Launch the instance and wait for the process to complete. Confirm that the Status check passed.

AWS EC2 deployment
Launch Status Check

On the instance, on the summary click on connect button and click on RDP. Make sure you open the port 3389 for the RDP for access on the inbound rules.

RDP connection setup
Instance Summary

Connecting and Initializing: Setting Up RDP Client and Password Retrieval

On the next page, click the RDP client and download remote desktop file which u will launch as the RDP interface to connect. Then click on the Get password and

Web Deploy MVC application
RDP Configuration

In the next page browse to the location you kept the key pair file and click on Decrypt Password.

AWS cloud deployment
Key Pairing

If everything goes fine you will get the below success message:

Password Decryption Successful

The password for instance i-003f9a78cbb964aa8 was successfully decrypted.

You will now be able to connect via RDP to the instance with username as Administrator and the password that was decrypted.

AWS EC2 deployment
Connecting Via RDP

You will now need to launch the remote desktop file that was earlier saved and connect via RDP.

RDP connection setup
Connecting Via RDP

Click the Connect button and enter username and password and click OK.

Remote Desktop Protocol Connection

Yipee!!! We have successfully accessed the Amazon Machine Image (AMI), the Windows Server 2022 Datacenter Edition.

Instance Running

From the Windows Server, download and install Microsoft Web Deploy from here

Microsoft Web Deploy

Configuring Server Roles and Services for MVC Application Deployment on AWS EC2

The next step is to add the role of the Server Manager. Add Web Server (IIS) and also .NET Framework 4.7 or Higher and under security role services you can also select Basic Authentication, under Application Development select .Net Extensibility 4.7 or Higher and ASP.NET 4.7 or Higher, under Management Tools select Management Service after adding all these you can start installing.

Adding Server Roles

Confirm the IIS has been properly installed by typing inetmgr in the run

Accessing your IIS Management Via inetmgr

The below image will be displayed if the installation was successful

IIS Management

You also need to confirm the IIS via the HTTP by copying the public IP for our instance to a browser. The below display must be what you get at your end.

IIS Confirmation Display

On the IIS Manager click on the Management Service and confirm that the enable remote connections is selected.

Setting Up IIS

On the Authentication, page make sure that the Basic Authentication is Enabled.

IIS Configuration

On the same IIS Management go to the Sites section and remove the Default Web Site.

IIS Configuration

After removing the Default Web Site add a new Website

Adding a New Website

Add your Site name and in the Physical path locate inetpub folder and create a new folder for your app inside the wwwroot folder and select the new folder and click ok.

Site Configuration

Now select the site you created and click on Deploy > Configure Web Deploy Publishing

  • On the pop up box click on Setup so that a publish file will be created.
Site Deployment

Initiating Local .NET MVC Project Creation in Visual Studio

The next step is to create a .Net project on Visual Studio and select MVC as the project template. I will be doing this on my local system.

Creating a new Project

After creating the project, you can build the project by clicking on IIS Express (Microsoft Edge)

Launching your local app

The below image shows that the project builds successfully.

Published Site locally

Now go back to the instance server and copy the published file that was saved on the desktop and paste somewhere on your local system.

  • Go to the solution explore in Visual Studio and right-click on your project and publish.
  • Import the publish file you copied from the AWS instance Windows Server.
Publishing configuration

Configuring Publish File with Your Instance’s Public IP Address

Next, you need to edit the publish file and replace it with the public IP of your instance

  • Go to the instance and copy the public IP and replace anywhere we have “EC2AMAZ-MGO0TR-8172”.
  • Enter the machine password too and click on Validate Connection.
Editing Published Profile

Just like the image below:

Publishing Connection Setup

Immediately you click on the Validate Connection button you should see the below image. Click on the Accept button.

Validation Connection

If the connection is fine you will see the Validation Connection passed. Then click Next.

Validation Connection

On the next page leave the Configuration drop-down as Release then click on Save. Then click on Publish

Ready to Publish

Enter your server password to start the publish

Enter your Window Server Password

You will see the published status

Publishing Status

If the publication is successful, you will see the below

Publishing Status

The below image is a confirmation that our ASP.NET app has been published to our AWS instance server with public IP

App Successfully Published

Now let’s try to edit the app and republish. Below is my result after editing and republishing:

Edited App Successfully Published

I hope you found this blog post on How to Deploy MVC Application to AWS EC2 Using RDP Connection and Web Deploy very interesting and helpful. In case you have any questions do not hesitate to ask in the comment section.

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Randy Wright
Randy Wright
1 year ago

Fantastic! The granularity of the steps is perfect. It really does take all these steps and without this great article there would be no chance of success. Even a small mistake ruins the whole pudding. I noticed that he had no trouble getting past the dreaded Web Deploy flaw with the certificates and AWS. I hope he can help me with that.

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