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The ‘Run on AWS’ option for TeamCity available on the JetBrains site lets you run the TeamCity stack in AWS using the official CloudFormation template.


Stack Overview

The stack includes:

  • a CoreOS EC2 instance with the official TeamCity server of the specified version from Docker Hub
  • one TeamCity Build Agent running as a separate container on the same instance.
  • an RDS MySQL database

The official Docker images with the TeamCity server and build agent are used.

The server and the database are placed in their own VPC which is completely secure. The database allows only internal connections within the VPC and it’s possible to connect to the Server via HTTP(s) or SSH only.

Prerequisites

To create a TeamCity stack and connect to it, you will need

  • an EC2 KeyPair in the same region as the TeamCity stack

  • an installed SSH client to connect to the TeamCity server and view the logs

Using Template

1. Specify the parameters provided by the template:

 

Setting

Description

Name

The name for your TeamCity server, set to test by default

EC2 instance Type

Specify the type of instance for the TeamCity server EC2 instance

EC2 KeyPair

The existing EC2 KeyPair for SSH access to the TeamCity Server EC2 instance

TeamCity Version

By default, the template will create a TeamCity installation of the latest version. You can also specify the exact version number here, e.g. 2017.1.5, 2017.2

RDS Database Instance Type

Specify the type for the RDS MySQL instance used as the external database for TeamCity

TeamCity Database Password

Specify any password for the TeamCity database

2. Click Next. (Optional) In the dialog that appears, provide additional options if required.

3. Click Next, review  your settings and click Сreate. No other actions are required. It takes about 15 minutes for the template to deploy the whole stack. Once the deployment is ready, you will see the TeamCity server endpoint in the Output section which points you to your TeamCity installation. 

4. Access the TeamCity instance from your browser, create the administrator’s account and start using your TeamCity.

Connecting to server and viewing logs

To connect to the server’s console, you need to use your instance private key:

 

To see the teamcity-agent.log or teamcity-server.log, just run the docker logs command for the desired container, e.g. for the server logs, run

 

Next Steps

Once you have TeamCity up and running, consider the following steps:

Upgrading TeamCity in AWS

To update TeamCity started from the CloudFormation template:

  1. In the AWS CloudFormation console, from the list of stacks, select the running TeamCity stack and use the Update Stack option.

  2. You will be redirected to the Select Template page: use the Current Template option and click Next.

  3. On the template settings page, enter the TeamCity version you want to update to. Note that if you previously used the TeamCity version tagged ‘latest’, you will now need to provide the actual version number as the "latest" tag can be applied to the server only once.

  4. Click Next, provide additional options if required, review the new settings and click Update. Once the Update is complete, access the TeamCity Web UI from the browser.

  5. If required, provide the maintenance token: to obtain it, you need to connect to your server instance, get the TeamCity server log as described above, and retrieve the maintenance token.

  6. Wait for the server to upgrade, log in to the TeamCity server and wait for the agent to upgrade and connect to the server.

 


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