Tutorial Billing Estimates: The total cost of setting up a one-way trust for Amazon WorkSpaces will vary depending on your needs and configuration. If you use the resources described in the implementation guide for 4 hours, and choose the Auto-Stop running mode for Amazon WorkSpaces, your cost will be about $19. This excludes the cost of bandwidth consumed accessing the public Internet from your Amazon WorkSpaces or any data transfer out (DTO) charges. 

Service usage and cost: AWS pricing is based on your usage of each individual service. The total combined usage of each service will create your monthly bill. Explore the tabs below to learn what each service does and how it affects your bill.

  • Amazon WorkSpaces

    Description: Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed, secure desktop computing service which runs on the AWS cloud. Amazon WorkSpaces allows you to easily provision cloud-based virtual desktops and provide your users access to the documents, applications, and resources they need from any supported device, including Windows, Linux, and Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, Kindle Fire tablets, and Android tablets.

    How Pricing Works: With Amazon WorkSpaces, you pay only for the Amazon WorkSpaces you launch. There is no up-front commitment and you can delete Amazon WorkSpaces at any time.

    Amazon WorkSpaces provides the flexibility to pay monthly or hourly. With monthly billing, you pay a fixed monthly fee for unlimited usage during the month. With hourly billing you pay a small fixed monthly fee per Amazon WorkSpace to cover infrastructure costs and storage, and a low hourly rate for each hour the Amazon WorkSpace is used during the month.

    There are different bundles to choose from – Value, Standard, Performance, Power, PowerPro, Graphics and GraphicsPro. Pricing includes compute, storage, software, and bandwidth between your Amazon WorkSpace and your Amazon WorkSpaces client application. Accessing the public Internet from your Amazon WorkSpace is charged separately at current rates, published in the “Data Transfer” section here. Please visit the Amazon WorkSpaces pricing page for more information.

    Example: In this project, you create two Amazon WorkSpaces, using the Standard and Performance bundles, paying hourly or monthly. In the US East (N. Virginia) Region, the hourly price for the Standard bundle is $0.30 plus a $7.25 monthly fee. The hourly price for the Performance bundle is $0.47 plus a $7.25 monthly fee. Assuming that your Amazon WorkSpaces run for a total of 4 hours during this project, the total cost would be $17.58. Should you choose to pay monthly instead, your total cost would be $78. Note: The monthly fee for Amazon WorkSpaces is prorated for the remainder of the first month of usage. The price listed is based on the Root and User Volume 80/10 option.

  • AWS Directory Service: Microsoft AD

    Description: AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD, enables your directory-aware workloads and AWS resources to use managed Active Directory in the AWS Cloud. AWS Managed Microsoft AD is built on actual Microsoft Active Directory and does not require you to synchronize or replicate data from your existing Active Directory to the cloud. You can use standard Active Directory administration tools and take advantage of built-in Active Directory features, such as Group Policy and single sign-on (SSO). With AWS Managed Microsoft AD, you can easily join Amazon EC2 and Amazon RDS for SQL Server instances to your domain, and use AWS Enterprise IT applications such as Amazon WorkSpaces with Active Directory users and groups. 

    How Pricing Works: When you create and launch an AWS Directory Service managed directory, such as Microsoft AD, you pay only for the type and size of directory you use. There is no up-front commitment and no minimum fee. You can delete your directories at any time.

    Microsoft AD carries a charge of $0.12 per hour (in the US East (N. Virginia) Region). Simple AD and AD Connector are free for Amazon WorkSpaces customers. For more information, please visit the AWS Directory Services pricing page.

    Example: In this project, you’ll create a single Microsoft AD managed directory that will result in a estimated charge of about $0.48. This estimate was made with the assumption that the directory is based in the US East (N. Virginia) Region where the hourly price for Microsoft AD is $0.12 for 4 hours. Note: Microsoft AD is eligible for a free trial, allowing you to use the service for free for 1500 hours. For more information about the free trial, please visit the AWS Directory Services pricing page.