Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed cloud desktop solution. Provision Linux and Windows virtual desktops in just a few minutes and deliver them securely to thousands of users. You pay either monthly or hourly and just for the WorkSpaces you deploy.

Get started with Amazon WorkSpaces in the AWS Management Console and use the resources below for step-by-step instructions on how to begin provisioning your cloud desktops.

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Get started in 3 steps

Step 1

Sign Up for an AWS Account

You will need an AWS Account to deploy Amazon WorkSpaces.

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Step 2

Launch Quick Setup

After selecting WorkSpaces in the AWS Console, launch your quick set up and select the bundle that best fits your needs.

Step 3

Customize your WorkSpaces

Customize your deployment for your organization’s unique needs with the Getting Started Project.

WorkSpaces Getting Started Project

Projects on AWS provide self-service step-by-step guides to help you build and launch services. In the Getting Started Project, you’ll learn how to provision and manage Amazon WorkSpaces cloud desktops, including how to:

Provision Cloud Desktops using Amazon WorkSpaces, and access them using the Amazon WorkSpaces client application, available for Windows and Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, Fire tablets, and Android tablets.

Create a new directory using Microsoft AD and add users. As part of the project, you’ll learn how to assign Amazon WorkSpaces to users in your Microsoft AD.

Perform basic administrative tasks using the AWS Management Console. You’ll learn how to reboot and rebuilt Amazon WorkSpaces, create your own custom image which you can use for provisioning new Amazon WorkSpaces, and remove Amazon WorkSpaces.

You can access this project here.

Best Practices to Get Started

Guide for IT administrators who are responsible for managing end user computing and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in corporate IT environments

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Best practices for deploying Amazon WorkSpaces and incorporating the service into your infrastructure

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How to use Amazon WorkSpaces for Disaster Recovery (DR) and Business Continuity Planning (BCP)

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Customizing the Amazon Linux WorkSpace

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See how our customers are using Amazon WorkSpaces

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