Desktop and Application Streaming

Tag: AppStream 2.0

Enabling Identity Federation with Shibboleth and Amazon AppStream 2.0

Shibboleth is an open-source project that provides single sign-on capabilities and identity federation solution used by research and education communities worldwide. If you are already using Shibboleth IdP, this post shows you how to configure it for Security Assertion Markup Language 2.0 (SAML 2.0) identity federation with Amazon AppStream 2.0. Overview The AppStream 2.0 SAML […]

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Methods of allocating your AppStream 2.0 costs to your business units

Enterprises really like the pay-as-you-go model that Amazon AppStream 2.0 provides, only paying for the instances that they provision. Enterprises are using AppStream 2.0 to replace application streaming technologies that stream line of business and graphics apps to employees, contractors, and temporary workers without acquiring, provisioning, or operating any hardware or infrastructure. However, AppStream 2.0’s […]

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User Issue Reporter for Amazon AppStream 2.0

The ephemeral nature of an Amazon AppStream 2.0 fleet instances can pose a unique challenge to administrators when trying to troubleshooting application issues. My previous blog post focused on automating log generation and alerting. In this blog post I will show how you can enable users to report issues themselves when they are currently in […]

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Using Kinesis Agent for Microsoft Windows to store AppStream 2.0 Windows Event Logs

The recently released Amazon Kinesis Agent for Microsoft Windows version 1.1.202.1 introduced support for AppStream 2.0’s AWS Identity and Access Management Role assertion. Besides Amazon Kinesis Data Stream and Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose, the Kinesis Agent for Microsoft Windows supports uploading to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. Using this, with an AppStream 2.0 session start script, it […]

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Storing AppStream 2.0 Windows Event logs in S3 with IAM roles and Windows Task Scheduler

Recently, AWS announced support for using IAM roles with image builders and fleets. Now, Amazon AppStream 2.0 streaming instances can take advantage of the flexibility and security of role-based access to AWS API actions. One useful application of this feature is easily uploading and storing Windows Event logs for troubleshooting. Because of the ephemeral and […]

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Creating custom logging and Amazon CloudWatch alerting in Amazon AppStream 2.0

Amazon AppStream 2.0 fleet instances are ephemeral. Because of this, application event logs are lost with the instance once the streaming session ends. If your AppStream 2.0 users have an issue with an application during their streaming session, it can be difficult to troubleshoot without detailed log data. Customers often ask how to configure alarms […]

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Monitoring Amazon AppStream 2.0 with Amazon ES and Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose

Amazon AppStream 2.0 provides scalable application streaming solutions. But the sheer number of sessions can complicate insight into each session’s information, such as logs and performance metrics. You can use the Amazon Kinesis Agent for Microsoft Windows to simplify the log and metric collection. Kinesis Agent for Windows can push logs and metrics through Amazon […]

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Creating an image programmatically with AppStream 2.0 Image Assistant CLI operations

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now lets you programmatically create an image using the Image Assistant command line interface (CLI) operations which are made available via an executable on the image builder. The CLI enables you to specify which applications your users can launch, what files should be optimized to accelerate application launch, and other image details. […]

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Analyze your Amazon AppStream 2.0 usage reports using Amazon Athena and Amazon QuickSight

Amazon AppStream 2.0 now lets you subscribe to usage reports that provide detailed information about how users are using the service. The reports include how long users are streaming and which applications they are launching. Usage reports are stored as separate .csv files in your Amazon S3 bucket, which you can download and analyze using […]

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Using Amazon FSx with Amazon AppStream 2.0

Amazon AppStream 2.0 provides a range of solutions for users to save and access data through their applications. These include Amazon WorkDocs, Google Drive for G Suite, OneDrive for Business, and Amazon S3 backed Home Folders. These solutions download files from their respective file storage provider when the files are opened in a streamed application. […]

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