ColdFusion (2016 release) on Cloud is an initiative to help customers leverage ColdFusion as a scalable service via Amazon Web Services (AWS). A preinstalled version of ColdFusion (2016 release) is made available as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) via AWS. For more information on AMIs, see https://aws.amazon.com/amis/.

Using ColdFusion (2016 release) on Cloud lets you obtain a flexible, secure, and cost-effective infrastructure for your ColdFusion installation. It also ensures that the infrastructure for managing your business applications is handled by AWS. Therefore, it allows you to invest and focus more on core competencies of your line of business.

On AWS, ColdFusion is available as Windows and Ubuntu AMIs. For the Windows AMI, ColdFusion is configured on Microsoft Windows 2012 R2 and with IIS (Internet Information Services) as an external web server. The Ubuntu AMI is configured on Ubuntu 14.0.4 and with Apache 2.4.7 as an external web server.

Important: ColdFusion (2016 release) on Cloud has ColdFusion (2016 release) Update 4 pre-installed.

Getting started with ColdFusion (2016 release) on Cloud

Procure ColdFusion (2016 release) AMIs on AWS

  1. Go to http://aws.amazon.com/ and Sign Up to create an AWS account.
  2. Log in to AWS Market Place using your credentials.
  3. Purchase Windows or Ubuntu AMIs available at the following locations:

For more information on procuring, using, and launching AMIs, see this article.

Access the ColdFusion AMIs on AWS

Once you complete purchasing AMIs, you can choose to launch them using either the EC2 console or 1-Click mechanism. The one-click method allows you to leverage the default Security Groups set up for an easy getting started experience. For more information on Security Groups, see Modifying Security Settings on AWS Instance.

Follow the instructions provided in this article, and launch your ColdFusion AMI.

Use the JumpStart tool to configure ColdFusion (2016 release)

Based on operating system selected for AMI, you can now connect to the ColdFusion instance and configure the ColdFusion server. ColdFusion is preinstalled on both Ubuntu and Windows AMIs. Configuring the server using jumpstart tool is the final step before you can begin using the ColdFusion on Cloud.

The jumpstart tool is launched and run automatically when the ColdFusion instance is accessed for the first time. The jumpstart tool guides you through configuring ColdFusion server. And once the configuration is complete, the ColdFusion server is started automatically. The jumpstart tool is run until the ColdFusion server is configured successfully. If the configuration fails, the jumpstart tool is run automatically when the ColdFusion instance is accessed the next time.

Note: You cannot start the ColdFusion server on the instance until this configuration is completed successfully.

Use the JumpStart tool to configure ColdFusion (2016 release) for Windows instance

  1. Follow the instructions provided in Help articles to connect to and launch the Windows instance.

  2. The window displaying the AWS instance opens and you are guided through the configuration of ColdFusion on Cloud.

  3. On the Introduction screen, click Next.

  4. On the License Agreement screen, read and accept the End-user License Agreement.

  5. (Optional) Enable or disable servlets.

  6. To install API Manager in the instance, choose Yes.

    AMI api manager
  7. Confirm whether you want to enable Remote Development Services for your ColdFusion instance. On enabling RDS, set the password for RDS.

  8. Provide a password for the ColdFusion Administrator.

  9. Review the ColdFusion Server Profile screen. Note that Production Profile + Secure Profile is the only profile allowed. For more information, refer to Understanding server profiles.

    On enabling Secure Profile, provide comma-separated IP addresses that are allowed to access ColdFusion Administrator.

  10. Set the password for API Manager.

    Note:

    If you choose No when installing API Manager (in Step 6), the screen to set up password does not display.

  11. On the Pre-Installation Summary screen, review the pre-installation summary and click Next.

  12. On the Installation Complete screen, once the installation is complete, click Done.

    After installation, both ColdFusion administrator and API Manager administrator launch in different browsers.

    Note: If you do not install API Manager from the ColdFusion installation wizard, and want to run API Manager later, perform the following:

    1. Navigate to ColdFusion2016APIManager\conf and open the file password.properties.
    2. Set a new password and restart API Manager from Windows services.
    3. Log in to the API Manager administrator portal with the new credentials.

Use the JumpStart tool to configure ColdFusion (2016 release) on Ubuntu

Note:

At any point, if you want to traverse back a step, type back.

  1. Follow the instructions provided in Help articles to connect to and launch the Ubuntu instance.

  2. The console for your AWS instance opens and you are guided through the configuration of ColdFusion (2016 release) on Cloud.

  3. When prompted, enter the user name as ubuntu. The JumpStart tool launches. To continue, press Enter.

  4. After the launcher starts, press Enter. To continue, press Enter.

  5. Read and accept the End-user License Agreement.

  6. (Optional) Enable or disable the servlets.

  7. To install API Manager, press Y and  Enter.

  8. Confirm whether you want to enable Remote Development Services for your ColdFusion instance. On enabling RDS, set the password for RDS.

  9. Provide a password for the ColdFusion Administrator.

  10. Confirm whether you want to enable secure profile. For more information, refer to Understanding server profiles.

    On enabling Secure Profile, provide comma-separated IP addresses that are allowed to access ColdFusion Administrator.

  11. Set the password for API Manager. If you chose N in Step 7, the password screen does not appear.

  12. Review the pre-installation summary and press Enter.

To start API Manager:

  1. Navigate to /opt/coldfusion2016apimanager/bin.
  2. Enter sudo ./apimanager restart.

To view the API Manager documentation, click API Manager features summary.

Modify Security Settings for the AWS instance

After configuring ColdFusion, change Security Settings for the Security Group associated with your AWS instance. Do the following:

  1. Log in to AWS Console, and click EC2.
  2. On the navigation tree, drill down to NETWORK & SECURITY > Security Groups.
  3. Select a Security Group and click the Inbound tab.
  4. Select a rule from the Create a New Rule drop-down and specify the Port Range. See below for a list of ports you can enable, for specified rule types, to best leverage ColdFusion functionality. You can choose to select and apply rules as per your requirements.
Sl. No.
Rule
Port Range
1
SSH
22
2
HTTP
80
3
HTTPS
443
4
POP3S
995
5
MS SQL
1433
7
LDAP
389
8
RDP
3389
9
Custom TCP Rule (for SOLR)
8985
10
Custom TCP Rule (for FTP)
20, 21
11
Custom TCP Rule (for POP)
110
12
Custom TCP Rule (for IMAP)
143
13
Custom TCP Rule (for Adobe Flash)
843
14
Custom TCP Rule (for Outlook)
1237
15
Custom TCP Rule (for Remote Port of cfusion instance)
8012
16
Custom TCP Rule (for WebSocket)
8575
17
Custom TCP Rule (WebSocket Flash fallback)
1234
18
Custom TCP Rule (for PostgreSQL)
5432
19
Custom TCP Rule (for SMTP)
25
20
Custom TCP Rule (for Server Monitor)
5500

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