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Tutorial: How to Use the Access Server AWS Launcher


Use the simple setup wizard to easily create a CloudFormation script that launches a pre-configured Access Server on AWS.


Create a pre-configured Access Server for Amazon AWS with our simple setup wizard. With it, you can easily create a CloudFormation script directly on our site.

Follow these steps to launch Access Server with CloudFormation

  1. Sign in to the Access Server portal.

  2. Click Activation Keys.

  3. Get a free subscription for two VPN connections, or purchase one with more connections.

    • Your new subscription license and activation key are displayed under Activation Keys.

  1. Click Quick Start.

  2. Click Get Access Server.

  3. Under Cloud Image, click AWS.

    • Deployment with CloudFormation Script displays.

  1. Select your preferred AWS region from the drop-down.

  2. Select your subscription from step 1.

  3. Click Launch Script on AWS or click Download the CloudFormation Script to launch manually.


    You may need to sign in to your AWS account.

    • AWS opens with Quick create stack.

  1. Enter a Stack name or leave it as is.

  2. Note that the Activation Key is populated.

  3. Select your VPC ID and Public Subnet ID.

  4. Adjust the Instance Name and Instance Type if needed.

  5. Select a Key Pair Name for SSH access.

  6. Check the box to acknowledge that AWS CloudFormation might create IAM resources.

  7. Click Create stack.

    • CREATE_IN_PROGRESS displays, and you can monitor the progress until CREATE_COMPLETE displays.

  1. After your new stack completes, click the Outputs tab.

  2. Take note of the admin portal URL for the Admin Web UI and the password.

  3. Click the URL to open the Admin Web UI.


    A browser warning displays for the self-signed certificate. Click to proceed.

    We recommend eventually replacing Access Server's web services certificate with your own, verified SSL.

  4. Sign in with the openvpn username and the provided, randomly generated password.

  5. Review and click Agree for the EULA.

  6. After successful authentication, change the temporary password:

    1. Click User Management > User Permissions.

    2. Click More Settings for the user, openvpn.

    3. Enter a new password in the Local Password field.

  7. You can now configure Access Server for your network.

Issue: Key Pair (or other parameter) doesn't display as an option in the drop-down.

Resolution: Ensure that you have the key pair, VPC, subnet, or other parameter in the same AWS region that you selected for your CloudFormation script.