Deploying the CloudFormation Template for PCF on AWS

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This topic describes how to deploy the CloudFormation template for Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

An AWS CloudFormation template describes a set of AWS resources and properties. The template used in this topic is designed to output the resources necessary for three availability zones (AZ), with an Ops Manager, Elastic Runtime, and services subnet in each AZ. The Elastic Load Balancer will be attached to the public subnet the AZs to balance traffic.


The procedure in this topic requires the following:

  • An AWS Region with at least 3 availability zones: Before following the procedure below, confirm that you have selected the correct region within your AWS account. All of the AWS resources for your deployment must exist within a single region. See the Amazon documentation on regions and availability zones for help selecting the correct region for your deployment.

    Note: To deploy PCF to AWS GovCloud (US), select the us-gov-west-1 region.

  • An AWS SSH key pair: Provide an AWS SSH key pair name as a parameter for the CloudFormation template. If you do not have a pre-existing key pair, create one in AWS. For more information about creating a key pair, see Creating a Key Pair Using Amazon EC2 from Amazon’s AWS documentation.

    WARNING: Save your private key file in a secure location. You cannot recover a lost key pair.

  • A registered wildcard domain: Enter a wildcard domain as the Common Name (CN) when creating your SSL certificate.

Step 1: Upload an SSL Certificate to AWS

You can add an SSL Certificate using two methods:

(Option) Create SSL Certificate using the AWS CLI

The AWS CLI must be installed on your machine and configured to a user account with admin access privileges on your AWS account.

  1. Obtain or create an SSL server certificate. For more information, see the AWS documentation on SSL certificates. When you create a certificate signing request (CSR) in the “Create a Server Certificate” instructions, you must use your wildcard domain as the Common Name input.

  2. Add the following additional domains and wildcards using the OpenSSL SAN (subjectAltName) extension:

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      Note: If you use a self-signed certificate or select the “Generate Self-Signed RSA Certificate” option during the Deploying Elastic Runtime on AWS installation process, you can ignore the step above. However, make sure you upload the self-signed certificate to AWS and attach the certificate to the listeners on the AWS Elastic Load Balancer. Pivotal recommends only using a self-signed certificate for testing and development.

  3. Upload your SSL certificate to AWS. For more information, see the AWS documentation s on uploading SSL certificate using the CLI.

    $ aws iam upload-server-certificate \
    --server-certificate-name YOUR-CERTIFICATE \
    --certificate-body file://YOUR-PUBLIC-KEY-CERT-FILE.pem \
    --private-key file://YOUR-PRIVATE-KEY-FILE.pem \
    For example:
    $ aws iam upload-server-certificate \
    --server-certificate-name myServerCertificate \
    --certificate-body file://my-certificate.pem \
    --private-key file://my-private-key.pem

    Note: If you receive an upload error (MalformedCertificate), run the following command to convert your server certificate to the PEM format as required by the AWS Identity and Management (IAM) service: $ openssl x509 -inform PEM -in my-certificate.pem
    Then try your upload again.

  4. After successfully uploading the certificate to your AWS account, you will see output metadata for your certificate. For example:

     "ServerCertificateMetadata": {
     "ServerCertificateId": "ASCAI3HRFYUTD55KNAF64",
     "ServerCertificateName": "myServerCertificate",
     "Expiration": "2016-10-18T18:41:59Z",
     "Path": "/",
     "Arn": "arn:aws:iam::9240874958318:server-certificate/myServerCertificate",
     "UploadDate": "2015-10-19T19:10:57.404Z"

  5. Record the value of the SSL Certificate ARN (Amazon Resource Name) to use when configuring your AWS resource stack. Alternatively, if you know the name of the certificate, you can run the following command to retrieve certificate metadata later:

    $ aws iam get-server-certificate --server-certificate-name YOUR-CERT-NAME
    For example:
    $ aws iam get-server-certificate --server-certificate-name myServerCertificate

(Option) Create SSL Certificate using the AWS Certificate Manager

  1. Log into your AWS management console and navigate to Certificate Manager. If your Certificate Manager has no certificates, click Get Started.

  2. Under Add domain names, enter the following wildcard subdomains to the certificate, based on your domain (example: Click Add another name to this certificate until you have entered them all:

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  3. Click Review and Request to review, and Confirm and Request to confirm.

  4. Check the email account registered for the domain owner. Open the certificate approval email message sent from Amazon Certificates, and click the email link to the approval page for the SSL certificate.

  5. From the approval page, click I Approve.

  6. Record the SSL Certificate Amazon Resource Name (ARN) shown on the confirmation page to use when configuring your AWS resource stack. Alternatively, you can retrieve certificate metadata later by selecting the certificate listing in Certificate Manager and recording values in the Details pane that appears underneath.

Step 2: Download the PCF CloudFormation Template

  1. Sign in to Pivotal Network.

  2. Select Elastic Runtime. From the Releases drop-down menu, select the release that you wish to install.

  3. Download the PCF CloudFormation for AWS Setup.

  4. Save the file as pcf-cloudformation.json.

Step 3: Create a Resource Stack Using the CloudFormation Template

  1. Log in to the AWS Console.

    Note: Log in to the AWS GovCloud (US) console to deploy PCF on AWS GovCloud.

  2. In the second column, under Management Tools, click CloudFormation.


  3. Click Create New Stack.


  4. Select Upload a template to Amazon S3.


  5. Click Browse. Browse to and select the pcf-cloudformation.json, the Pivotal Cloud Foundry CloudFormation script for AWS file that you downloaded. Click Next.

  6. On the next screen, name the stack pcf-stack.

  7. In the Specify Parameters page, complete the following fields:

    • AvailabilityZone1: Enter the first availability zone in your region.
    • AvailabilityZone2: Enter the second availability zone in your region.
    • AvailabilityZone3: Enter the third availability zone in your region.
    • EnvironmentID: Enter a prefix by which you can identify the resources for this PCF deployment.
    • ERTCertificateARN: Enter your uploaded SSL Certificate ARN to use for Elastic Runtime.
    • IsoCertificateARN: Enter your uploaded SSL Certificate ARN to use for PCF Isolation Segment.
    • OpsManAMI: Enter the AMI ID for your region. You can find this in the Pivotal Cloud Foundry Ops Manager for AWS PDF file available with the Ops Manager release on Pivotal Network.
    • OpsManIngressCidr: If you want to limit which range of IP addresses can reach Ops Manager, enter a CIDR range in this field. Otherwise, leave this as
    • OpsManSSHKeyPairName: Use the drop-down menu to select the name of your pre-existing AWS key pair.
    • If you want to use Amazon RDS for the Elastic Runtime databases, complete the following fields:
      • RDSDBName: Do not change this value.
      • RDSPassword: Enter a password for the RDS database.
      • RDSUsername: Enter a username for the RDS database.
  8. Click Next.

  9. On the Options page, leave the fields blank and click Next.


  10. On the Review page, select the I acknowledge that this template might cause AWS CloudFormation to create IAM resources checkbox and click Create.


    AWS runs the CloudFormation script and creates the infrastructure that you need to deploy PCF to AWS. This may take a few moments. You can click on the Events tab to view the progress of the setup.

When the installation process successfully completes, AWS displays CREATE_COMPLETE as the status of the stack.

Aws cloudform stacks

After completing this procedure, complete all of the steps in the following topics:

Return to Installing Pivotal Cloud Foundry Using AWS CloudFormation.

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