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How to install Ozeki SMS Gateway in Amazon AWS

To setup the SMS Gateway on Windows inside Amazon AWS it takes about 15 minutes. This document presents instructions and the necessary information to help you complete this procedure efficiently. We will use Ozeki SMS Gateway. It is an incredible tool that allows you to create great solutions in various environments. For example it can be used to create advanced IT solutions, such as one time passwords, product delivery notifications or payment reminders and to keep in touch with customers and employees. This guide requires common knowledge of SMS technology. You will be presented with some useful information and well structured step by step instructions. We hope you will find the presented instructions beneficial.

What is Amazon AWS?

Amazon AWS (Amazon Web Services) is a safe cloud-based platform where you find a collection of services offered by Amazon.com. Amazon AWS offers data transmission, database storage, very large computing capacity and other functionality to assist your business is growth.

How to install Ozeki SMS Gateway in Amazon AWS (Simple commands)

To install Ozeki SMS Gateway in Amazon AWS:

  1. Launch new EC2 instance
  2. Select an Amazon Machine Image
  3. Choose an Instance Type
  4. Review Instance Launch
  5. Create a new key pair
  6. Save private key
  7. Connect to the instance with private key
  8. Decrypt the generated password
  9. Connect to the instance through remote desktop
  10. Provide username and password
  11. Setup Ozeki SMS Gateway
  12. Add new security group rule
  13. Define new Windows firewall inboud rule
  14. Check remote access connection
  15. Change the admin password to get SMS Gateway GUI accessible

How to install Ozeki SMS Gateway in Amazon AWS (Video tutorial)

This video tutorial will show you the steps on how to install the Ozeki SMS Gateway in Amazon AWS. In the following video, you will find exmaples on how to launch a Windows instance in Amazon AWS, create a private key, as well as installing and launching Ozeki SMS Gateway. It will also show you how to access the SMS Gateway remotely from your browser. This 14 minute video is great, since it contains all the necessary steps of this procedure in order.

Launch a new EC2 instance

First, navigate to the EC2 Management Dashboard on console.aws.amazon.com. Next, find the Launch instance button and click on it (Figure 1). When clicked on, it brings up a combobox (dropdown menu). In the combobox you need to click launch instance again. This will bring you to Step 1, where you are able to choose an Amazon Machine Image.

launch new ec2 instance
Figure 1 - Launch new EC2 instance

Select the Windows image

Find the Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Base option (Figure 2). It is located under the "Step 1 - Choose an Amazon Machine Image" section. Click the blue button labeled Select next to it. This will select the Windows image, which is "Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Base". Note that you will have to scroll down to find this option. Once you selected it, it will forward you to Step 2.

select a windows image
Figure 2 - Select a Windows image

Choose an instance type

Step 2 is choosing what type of instance you wish to launch. On this page, you will find a spreadsheet containing different types of instances. Find the second option. It has "t2.micro" written under the "Type" column. Click on the checkbox next to it on the left side of the screen to select it (Figure 3). (This option may be selected already by default). Then, click on the blue button labeled "Review and Launch" on the bottom right of the screen.

select instance type
Figure 3 - Select instance type

Review and launch instance

After you have clicked "Review and Launch", you will be forwarded to Step 7. On this page, you are able to review the options you have previously selected. This page contains details about your chosen options, so you can make sure that you have selected the right ones. If everything is correct, click on the blue Launch button on the bottom right of your screen (Figure 4).

review and launch instance
Figure 4 - Review and launch instance

Create new key pair

After you have launched your instance a new window will pop up. Here, you will be asked to select an existing key pair or create a new key pair. Click on the combobox in the middle of the window (Figure 5). Select the "Create new key pair" option. Give your key pair a name by entering the name in the textbox below. Next, click on the "Download key pair" button on the bottom right of the window. This will download the newly created keypair on to your computer.

create new key pair for login
Figure 5 - Create new key pair for login

Save private key

Once you have downloaded the private key, it will be located in your default download location. This is usually specified in your browser settings. The file will show up on the bottom left of your browser when downloaded. Move the file into a desired directory on your computer. This can be done by dragging and dropping the file from the browser's download popup to your location of choice (Figure 6). After you have saved your key, click on the blue Launch instance button located on the bottom right of the window.

save private key
Figure 6 - Save private key

Open the running instance

After you have clicked the launch button, you will need to wait a few seconds for the instance to launch. Once it's completed, you will be shown the Launch Status screen. If you see a green checkmark followed by the statement "Your instances are launching" you can continue. Next, click Services on the top left of the screen. From the Services menu, click on EC2 (It will appear under "Recently viewed"). Then, click on "Instances in the Resources menu. Finally, click on the Instance ID hihghlighted in blue (Figure 7).

open running instance
Figure 7 - Open running instance

Connect to the instance

Once you have opened the instance you are going to see an instance summary. In this instance summary, locate the Connect button (Figure 8). The Connect button is found on the top right of the instance summary. This will bring you to a screen named "Connect to instance". Here you can generate an Administrator password.

connect to the instance to generate administrator password
Figure 8 - Connect to the instance to generate Administrator password

Get Administrator password

To get an Administrator password, you need to be on the "Connect to instance" screen. First, click on the RDP client tab on the top of the panel (Figure 9). This brings you to RDP client section. At the bottom of this section, click on "Get password". This will bring you to another panel titled "Get Windows password".

get administrator password
Figure 9 - Get Administrator password

Browse your private key

To decrypt the Windows password, you need to upload your private key to the website. You have previously saved this file to your computer. Make sure you put the file in an easy to find directory which you will be able to find in the file browser. To browse your key pair, click the Browse button with an upload icon next to it (Figure 10). This will bring up the file browser.

browse private key
Figure 10 - Browse private key

Open your private key

Open your private key by navigating to the private key file you have previously saved. Find the private key in the file explorer in the directory you saved it to. Select the private key file by clicking on it. Click Open on the bottom right of the window (Figure 11). This will upload your ptivate key to the website.

open private key
Figure 11 - Open private key

Decrypt password

If you see a green checkmark with your private key's file name next to it, then it was uploaded succesfully. This can be checked below the "Browse" button. Decrypt your password by clicking on the orange Decrypt Password button on the bottom of the panel (Figure 12). This will then bring you once again to the "Connect to instance" section. In the RDP client tab you will your password on the bottom of the screen.

decrypt password
Figure 12 - Decrypt password

Connect to instance with Remote Desktop

Start by opening the Remote Desktop Connection application. Copy the Public IP address from the website (Figure 13). In our case it's 54.211.123.51. Paste it into the Remote Desktop Connection application into the textbox next to "Computer:". Click on Connect once you have entered the IP address.

connect to the instance through remote desktop
Figure 13 - Connect to the instance through remote desktop

Enter username and password

After you have connected following a short loading screen, a login screen pops up (Figure 14). On the website you will find a username and the password. Copy and paste the username into the first textbox. Do the same for the password into the second textbox. (You can also click "Remember me", if you wish for your login details to be filled automatically) When you entered both, click OK.

provide user name and password
Figure 14 - Provide user name and password

Connected to the remote Windows instance

After a short amount of loading you will be connected to the remote Windows instance. (Figure 15)

connected to the remote windows instance
Figure 15 - Connected to the remote Windows instance

Download SMS Gateway

Once you're connected to the Windows instance open any browser (Internet Explorer in our case). (Note that you may have to enable downloads. This can be done by going to Settings > Internet options > Security > Custom level > Click Enable checkbox under "File download" and "Font download"). Next, type ozeki-sms-gateway.com into your URL bar, then hit enter (sms.ozeki.hu also redirects you to the same page). Then click on Download on the top of the page. This will bring you to the downloads page. Finally, click on OZEKI_SMS_GATEWAY.zip highlighted in blue with a Windows icon next to it (Figure 16).

download sms gateway installer
Figure 16 - Download SMS Gateway installer

Exctrac the zip file

After you have downloaded the Ozeki SMS Gateway installer you need to extract it. First go to your Downloads folder and locate OZEKI_SMS_GATEWAY.zip. Next, right click on it. Then, click on the "Extract all" option from the dropdown menu (Figure 17). This will extract the zip file to its current location.

extract zip file
Figure 17 - Extract zip file

Start SMS Gateway installer

Double click on the Ozeki SMS Gateway installer you have previously extracted (Figure 18). By opening it you will start the installation process.

start sms gateway installer
Figure 18 - Start SMS Gateway installer

Install Ozeki SMS Gateway

On the welcome screen, click on the Next button to proceed with the installation (Figure 19).

welcome to sms gateway
Figure 19 - Welcome to SMS Gateway

Accpet license agreement.

In order to be able to use this program you need to accept the license agreement. Do this by simply clicking on the I Agree button (Figure 20). The program will install after you have done so. A progress bar will indicate the status of the installation. Once it is done, you will be forwarded to the final screen.

accept license agreement
Figure 20 - Accept license agreement

Finish the Installation

Finish the installation by clicking on the Finish button (Figure 21). Yo can also launch the program immediately after it installed. Start it by putting a checkmark into the checkbox that reads "Run Ozeki SMS Gateway".

installation successful
Figure 21 - installation successful

Ozeki SMS Gateway management

Once you have successfully installed and launched the program, Ozeki SMS Gateway will launch inside your browser. After the program launched you are entered into the desktop. On the desktop click on the SMS Gateway icon at the left side of the screen.. This brings you to the Ozeki SMS Gateway management window (Figure 22).

ozeki sms gateway management page
Figure 22 - Ozeki SMS Gateway management page

Open security group

Open the security group by once again returning to the Amazon AWS console outside of the Remote Desktop Connnection application. Do this by entering console.aws.amazon.com into the URL bar of your browser in case you have closed it. Open the menu on the left by clicking on it. Scroll down and click on the option named Security groups. In the Security Group panel click on the Security tab (Figure 23). Next, click on the link highlighted in blue below "Security groups". This will bring you to the deteails of your security group.

open security group
Figure 23 - Open security group

Edit inbound roules

To edit inbound rules you need to be on the details page of your security group. Click on the Edit inbound rules button to be able to edit them (Figure 24). By clicking on this button you are brought to a configuration screen for inbound rules.

edit inbound rules
Figure 24 - Edit inbound rules

Add a new rule for GUI access

First, click on the Add rule button in the Edit inboun rules panel (Figure 25). Next, proceed to enter a port range seperated by a "-" into the textbox below "Port Range" (We have used 9515-9516). Then, click on the combobox with the search icon and select the first option (which is: 0.0.0.0/0). You can also give it a name under the Description column. (We have named it "sms gateway gui access"). When done, click on the orange Save rule button on the bottom right.

add new security group rule for gui access
Figure 25 - Add new security group rule for GUI access

Open Windows firewall

Start by typing "firewall" into the search bar on your taskbar (Figure 26). The search bar is located on the left side of your taskbar on the bottom left of your screen. The search results will return with the Windows Firewall program. Now find the first option the search has given. Click on the Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security application icon to launch the program.

open windows firewall
Figure 26 - Open Windows firewall

Add a new Windows Firewall inbound rule

Inside the Windows Defender Firewall application click on Inbound rules inside the menu on the left (Figure 27). Next, navigate to the Inbound rules menu which appeared on the right. In this menu click on New rule. By clicking this option a new window will pop up which lets you create a new rule.

add new windows firewall inboud rule
Figure 27 - Add new Windows firewall inboud rule

Select inbound rule type

Select the inbound rule type in the New rule window. Under the text which reads "Wnat type of rule would you like to create", find the Port option (Figure 28). Click on the checkbox next to it to select the Port option. Click the Next button on the bottom right of the window to continue. You will be brought to the Protocols and Ports section.

select inbound rule type
Figure 28 - Select inbound rule type

Define ports

Define your ports by entering the previosuly selected port range. (In our case, this was 9515-9516) Enter this port range once again seperated by a "-" into the textbox (Figure 29). This textbox is located next to a text which reads "Specific local ports". (Make sure that TCP and "Specific local ports" are both selected). To proceed, click the Next button on the bottom right of the window.

define ports
Figure 29 - Define ports

Allow the connection

After defining your ports you are brought to the Action section. Allow connection by clicking on the checkbox next to the text that reads "Allow Connection" (Figure 30). Once selected, click on Next again to continue. You will then be brought to the Name section.

allow connection
Figure 30 - Allow connection

Specify the name of the inbound rule

The last step of creating a new rule is to give it a name. In the Name section, type your desired name into the first textbox (Figure 31). This textbox is located below the text that reads "Name:" in the middle of the window. Click the Finish button found on the bottom right of the window to create the rule.

specify inbound rule name
Figure 31 - Specify inbound rule name

Connect remotely to the SMS Gateway

First, open your browser once again outside of the Remote Desktop Connection application. Then, copy the IP address provided in Amazon AWS again. In our case this was 54.211.123.51 . Paste this into the url bar of your browser, then add a port to it in your port range followed by ":". For our example, this is :9515. The final address looks like this 54.211.123.51:9515 (Figure 32). To access it, hit enter.

remote connect to the SMS Gateway
Figure 32 - Remote connect to the SMS Gateway

Remote access is not allowed screen

With the current settings remote access will not yet be allowed. You are then shown a screen displaying "Remote Access is Not Allowed" (Figure 33).

remote access not allowed
Figure 33 - Remote access not allowed

Change default admin password

First, go back to the SMS Gateway application inside the Remote Desktop Connection application. Next, click on the Start button on the bottom left of your screen (Figure 34). A menu then pops up where you need to hover your cursor over Help. Then another menu pops up where you need to click on Change password. Clicking on this option will bring you to another page where you are able to change your admin password.

change default admin password
Figure 34 - Change default admin password

Create a new admin password

On the create a new password screen you are able to assign a new password to admin access. Type your desired password into both of the textboxes shown in the middle of the screen (Figure 35). Make sure the passwords you have entered are the same. This is to assure that the user is not able to enter their password incorrectly. When you have entered your password click on the blue Save button below the textboxes. You will be brought to a login screen, but you can continue from your browser outside of the Remote Desktop Connection application.

create new admin password
Figure 35 - Create new admin password

Log in remotely to the SMS Gateway

Now that you have created a new admin password you can log into the SMS Gateway from outside of the Remote Desktop Connection program. Start by typing the address followed by the port into the URL bar of your browser. In our example it was 54.211.123.51:9515 . Then hit the Enter key. You are then shown a login screen with two textboxes in the middle of the screen (Figure 37). Type "admin" into the first textbox. Then tpye your newly created admin password into the second textbox. Click on OK to log in.

remote login to sms gateway
Figure 36 - Remote login to SMS Gateway

SMS Gateway GUI is now accessible

After successfully logging in you are able to access the SMS Gateway GUI from your browser (Figure 37).

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Figure 37 - SMS Gateway GUI accessible

Final thoughts

Now, you can pause and catch your breath. We did our very best to make it simple and to walk you through all the details as painlessly as possible. If you have followed the tutorial steps closely, you should be able to send sms using the Amazon AWS with Ozeki SMS Gateway without problems. If you have already completed the steps you can enjoy a well deserved latte or some other treat you have in mind. If you would like to discover more useful insights about the advantages of other smiliar solutions, please open ozeki-sms-gateway.com. I hope this tutorial will be helpful to all the readers and especially to beginners.