Desktop and Application Streaming

Tag: AppStream 2.0

Create a Single Identity Provider for all your Amazon AppStream 2.0 Stacks with Azure AD

Customers use Amazon AppStream 2.0 to centrally manage applications and stream them to their end users. Organizations have multiple stacks associated with different fleets to separate workloads based on underlying resources, applications, or different user permissions. Administrators want a way to manage permissions for multiple stacks without having to create an IAM identity provider for […]

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Integrating Dropbox for persistent user data storage in Amazon AppStream 2.0

Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed, non-persistent application and desktop streaming service. Each time you launch an AppStream 2.0 session, a freshly built, pre-provisioned instance is provided, using a prebuilt image. As soon as you close your session and the disconnect timeout period is reached, the instance is terminated. Amazon AppStream 2.0 users can […]

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Enabling Federation with SimpleSAMLphp and Amazon AppStream 2.0

SimpleSAMLphp is an open-source project written in native PHP that deals with authentication for SAML 2.0 as a Service Provider and as an Identity Provider. You can use single sign-on with Amazon AppStream 2.0 with many identity services that are compliant with Security Assertion Markup Language 2.0 (SAML 2.0). This post explains how to configure federated user […]

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Use Session Tags to Simplify AppStream 2.0 Permissions

Customers use Amazon AppStream 2.0 to centrally manage applications and stream them to their end users. Organizations have multiple stacks associated with different fleets to separate workloads based on underlying resources, applications, or different user permissions. In this blog post I show you how to use session tags in the SAML assertion to be used […]

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How to report Amazon AppStream 2.0 home folder use with Amazon Athena

Customers ask how to analyze Amazon AppStream 2.0 home folder usage so they can track related spend, manage usage, and administer AppStream 2.0 home folders. Customers have questions like: “How much data is User1 using in AppStream 2.0 home folders?” “What are the top 10 largest files being stored and who owns them?” This blog […]

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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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