Administration Guide

Helps you get started using Amazon WorkSpaces. You will learn how to quickly and easily provision and maintain one or more WorkSpaces.

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Describes the API operations for Amazon WorkSpaces.

Application manager

Administration Guide

Helps you to manage your application catalog and assign applications to your Amazon WorkSpaces users.


Learn how to use the applications that have been assigned to you.


Best practices for deploying Amazon WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces is designed to be integrated into existing IT systems and processes. This whitepaper describes best practices for deploying Amazon WorkSpaces and incorporating the service into your infrastructure. It covers network considerations, directory services, user authentication, security, monitoring, and logging. The paper is intended 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 to prepare your Amazon WorkSpaces for Linux images

This whitepaper outlines a set of best practices for the image preparation of Amazon WorkSpaces for Linux. The paper covers Well-Architected Principles applied to image design, the make-up of an Amazon WorkSpace, the Bundle and Image process for Amazon WorkSpaces, and methodologies for Image management. The paper addresses best practices for operating system updates, remote protocol configuration, application deployment, and desktop experience configuration of MATE.

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Getting started project

Projects on AWS provide self-service step-by-step guides to help you build and launch services. In this project, you’ll learn how to provision and manage Amazon WorkSpaces cloud desktops. You'll accomplish:

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.


re:Invent sessions

AWS re:Invent 2019: Leadership session: End-user computing (1:03:18)
AWS re:Invent 2019: Move your desktops and applications to AWS EUC (50:04)
AWS re:Invent 2019: How to use Amazon Linux WorkSpaces for agile development (56:40)
AWS re:Invent 2019: Carnival Cruise Line moved from on-premises VDI to Amazon WorkSpaces (1:01:07)
AWS re:Invent 2019: Why GE Renewable Energy and Multiview stream their desktop applications (55:51)
AWS re:Invent 2019: How Facebook deployed Amazon WorkSpaces globally (41:48)

Summit sessions

Move your desktops and applications to AWS with end-user computing (30:25)
Deploying WorkSpaces at scale with Johnson & Johnson (58:01)


End User Computing Dashboard Workshop

Follow this self-guided workshop to build and deploy the End User Computing dashboard using AWS services. You can provide the dashboard to your help desk staff so that they can send the registration code email to a user, or stop, start, restart, and restore a user’s WorkSpace without having to access the WorkSpaces management console.

To get started, see Create End User Computing Dashboard.

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