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Category: Amazon WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces CAC PIV smartcard authentication

Amazon WorkSpaces supports CAC/PIV smartcard authentication

With a recent feature release, Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers can now use CAC/PIV cards when using Amazon WorkSpaces to access government systems. Amazon WorkSpaces is a desktop as a service solution that helps users access all of their desktop applications from anywhere. This feature supports pre-session and in-session authentication.

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Learn how to set up remote working, learning, and call centers with AWS Cloud Champion

For community organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions seeking to support a distributed workforce, citizenry, or student body with cloud capabilities, Amazon Web Services (AWS) has developed an online virtual booth to highlight remote work, learning, and call center use cases for the public sector. Learn how to connect your remote employees, constituents, or students on AWS by playing the AWS Cloud Champion: Virtual Workplace Interactive Challenge.

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Reporting on Amazon WorkSpaces deployments to gain data insights

Reporting on Amazon WorkSpaces, a managed, secure desktop as a service (DaaS) solution, allows you to capture information about your Amazon WorkSpaces deployment and the relationships to Active Directory users. It helps capture important details that can help with chargeback, general utilization of Amazon WorkSpaces, and confirming consistency of what is deployed in your environment.

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Automating deployment of Amazon WorkSpaces from an Active Directory group

With the increase in remote work and education, government, education, and nonprofit organizations, are adopting virtual desktop solutions like Amazon WorkSpaces. Large scale deployments of virtual desktop solutions can decrease administrative burden and save time. In this post, you can learn how to deploy Amazon WorkSpaces with less engineering effort by leveraging a PowerShell script.

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American University of Bahrain uses Amazon WorkSpaces to create a flexible learning environment

American University of Bahrain (AUBH) turned to Amazon WorkSpaces for their desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solution. Using Amazon WorkSpaces, AUBH runs Windows workloads, such as Windows Office 365 and Windows OneDrive, to create a flexible learning environment for students. Since using Amazon WorkSpaces, AUBH has increased the flexibility in how and where students can learn.

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From research sharing to collaborative communications: Addressing the needs of our public sector customers during unprecedented times

In support of governments and educational institutions around the world, AWS is quickly deploying people and technology to enable remote learning and home working. Our services can help address our customer’s most pressing challenges during this unprecedented time, including making sure citizens are productive with remote working solutions, that students can access online learning platforms, and that communications are reliable and available for public entities at all levels of government.

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AWS expands access to tools that support remote learning and teaching as part of COVID-19 response

As part of our response to COVID-19, AWS is providing tools to support remote learning and teaching. This includes providing customers in the most affected regions with technical support, offerings, and AWS Promotional Credit, which help cover costs while enabling organizations to quickly stand up and scale their infrastructure and tools to meet demand, to help our educational technology providers and educators around the world quickly deploy or extend learning into the home.

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Top five desktop-as-a-service trends in higher education

Educational institutions are turning to cloud-based solutions to enable anywhere, anytime access from any device. By using secure desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solutions to provide consistent applications on every virtualized desktop, institutions can reduce variable costs, remove capital expenditures, and achieve mission objectives. Check out five DaaS trends in education.

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More Affordable Pricing for Amazon WorkSpaces for Education

We are announcing a similar change for Amazon WorkSpaces. Educational institutions can save up to 14% per month on Amazon WorkSpaces by leveraging license discounts from Microsoft for Qualified Education Users. This equates to a $3.52 per user/month savings, and $0.03 per user/hour for WorkSpaces. You can take advantage of this discount if you qualify, based on Microsoft Licensing Terms and Documentation. If you think you may qualify, please contact us so that we can enable the discount for you. There is no upfront investment or financial commitment.

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