Your 2008 server lost one drive, no problem, you had a RAID with 4 drives so it’s still running, but the problem was that your outsourced IT didn’t notice the 1st drive crashed until the 2nd one did.  Now the server is dead.  Your IT gives you a quote for a new server + labor.

Option #1:

Move forward with your ITs quote and set yourself up to possibly repeat this situation in the future when the server crashes again, even though they’ve told you that this time the backups are better.

Option #2:

Move to the cloud.

AWS is offering $2000 in yearly credits to non-profits who qualify through Techsoup.  Techsoup charges an admin fee of $175 to get the credits.  If you’re a boost member the credits cost $80.–G-50197–

Apply these credits to your AWS free tier account, then follow the directions to set up TrueStack Direct Connect at  Use TrueStack to connect your computers to your Windows Server in AWS.

Summary of cost for 10 computers:

1 Windows 2016 Server, EC2 instance, T2 Small with 2GBs of memory, 3 Hard drives

  • 1x150GBs GP2 SSD drive for the base OS
  • 1x1000GBs drive for the Data drive
  • 1x1000GB Cold HDD drive. Use Windows Backup to backup nightly to this drive
  • Periodically Snapshot the server for an additional layer of backup.


Techsoup AWS yearly cost with boost $80, without, $175

AWS – With Techsoup $2000 credit monthly cost = $0

TrueStack Direct Connect (Unlimited Connections) = $142 monthly

For step-by-step tutorials that will help you or your IT set up TrueStack Direct Connect visit our support pages at

Additional Savings:

  • No more server in the closet, so you save on power
  • Save on offsite backup
  • Save on Onsite Support
  • Save on the cost of a new server
  • Save on the cost of Microsoft licenses for the new server
  • Free up that server closet storage space!

Not sure about Amazon Web Services?

Eligible nonprofits can also receive $5000 in Microsoft Azure credits through Techsoup that can be used to host their server in the cloud.  Follow the directions at to set up TrueStack Direct Connect with Microsoft Azure.

TrueStack offers a free 30-day trial. To set up your TrueStack Direct Connect VPN server in AWS or Azure follow our tutorials at

Want to take a Test Drive?  Email with Subject: Test Drive.  You’ll receive 48-hour access to a TrueStack Direct Connect VPN server and Windows 2012 R2 instance with a pre-configured domain controller with network shares.

Not sure if TrueStack Direct Connect is right for you?  Contact us with questions, or call 1(619) 634-4235, PST Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm.

Non Profits: New server or server in the cloud? $2000 AWS credit available
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One thought on “Non Profits: New server or server in the cloud? $2000 AWS credit available

  • June 26, 2018 at 7:46 am

    TrueStack readers: We’ve recently discovered that the AWS credits cannot be applied to EC2 Reserved Instances. They can only be applied to On Demand Instances. Amazon Billing said they can be applied to everything except:
    – Reserved Instances (Upfront costs)
    – Route 53 domain purchases
    – AWS Support
    – AWS Marketplace charges
    – Amazon Mechanical Turk
    – AWS Certificates or Training


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