Deploying an Elastic Cluster on AWS

Detailed information can be found in the ContainerX install and administration guide

We currently support Google Chrome for CX Management UI. Some UI features may not function correctly with other browsers.

Once the CX management server is setup in a specific environment, follow these steps to setup Elastic Containers and Container Pools, and to deploy containers.


First, login to the CX platform with the username admin and password admin.


Quick Wizard

Follow the quick wizard to quickly create an EC with few hosts and container pools in a single workflow.


From the main landing page at management server URL, click Login. No credentials are necessary. If you haven’t created any clusters yet, you will start at quick wizard automatically. Otherwise, click on QUICK WIZARD on top of any page to start the wizard.

Step 1 - Select Elastic Cluster Type.

Choose the AWS/EC2 Cluster

Step 2 - Create Elastic Cluster

Fill in the description for the new EC as shown in the example, and click Next.


Step 3 - Provision cxHosts

Fill in the number of hosts for the cluster, your AWS access key and secret key, the VPC ID and subnet ID that you picked in prerequisites above, and associated region and availability zone settings. Select an instance size for the AWS instances (this step impacts billing - so make sure to pick the right size for your needs.) AMI value must correspond to the region listed in the table below. Click Next to continue. There is no option to add persistent storage for AWS in this current release.



us-west-1 (N. California)


us-east-1 (Virginia)


eu-central-1 (Frankfurt)


eu-west-1 (Ireland)




Step 4 - Create Container Pools

Fill in the name and limits for container pools and select “NEXT”.. 

Step 5 - Confirm selections


When you hit next, you will see a “CONFIRM SELECTIONS page”. If everything looks good, hit “CONFIRM”. This will show a progress indicator as different entities are setup. If this step is successful, you will be taken to the next step. If this step fails, you can go back, make appropriate fixes, and try again.

Step  6 - Setup Complete

Selecting "DONE" will take you back to the main Elastic Cluster page.

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