Get Started in 10 steps

There's no development work required for AppStream 2.0. Simply install your applications the same way you would on any Windows computer. Then connect and configure your network, identity, and storage, whether on premises or on AWS. Or, use AppStream 2.0's built in user management and persistent storage. You centrally manage your applications on AppStream 2.0 and your users securely access them on demand. All of this is offered with simple pay-as-you-go pricing.

It's easy to get started with AppStream 2.0. You can download our getting started guide to learn how to install and configure two applications on AppStream 2.0, perform foundational administrative tasks, and provision an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) using a provided AWS Cloud​Formation template. You can also download a specific application deployment guide to help you get started. 

How AppStream 2.0 Works

What you'll accomplish:

Install and configure two applications on AppStream 2.0, and stream them to your users. Your applications are accessed through an HTML 5 browser, and you control who can access them.

Perform foundational administrative tasks using the AppStream 2.0 console. You'll learn how to install applications using the image builder, optimize your applications with the Image Assistant, provision a fleet for your applications, and provision a stack to stream your applications to users.

Provision an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) using a provided AWS Cloud​Formation template. The VPC will host your AppStream 2.0 resources within your isolated virtual network infrastructure.

What you'll need:

An AWS account: You need an AWS account to begin using AppStream 2.0.

A user's email account: You'll need access to at least one user's email account to complete the user configuration process.

Skill level: You don't need any prior experience with AWS to get started, but a basic understanding of networking and virtual desktop infrastructure is helpful.

Monthly billing estimate:

The total cost of streaming applications using AppStream 2.0 will vary depending on your needs and configuration. If you use the resources described in this guide for a business week, your total cost will be about $25. 

Application Deployment Guides

After you've learned the basics you can download a specific application deployment guide, or install other desktop applications. 

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Independent Software Vendor Workshops

Follow the AppStream 2.0 ISV project series that provides step by step guidance for using AppStream 2.0 to build online-trials and software as a service solutions for your desktop applications without rewriting them.

To get started, see AppStream 2.0 ISV Workshops.

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Next Steps

Once you've completed our guide, you can follow these next steps to help you deploy AppStream 2.0 in your organization. 

Quickly and easily import, install, test, and update your applications using the image builder.

Choose from graphics, compute, memory, or general purpose instance types to optimize the performance of your applications, and reduce your overall costs.

Enable users to sign in to AppStream 2.0 using their existing credentials.

Use your existing Active Directory domains, either cloud-based or on-premises, to launch domain-joined streaming instances.

Automatically change the size of your AppStream 2.0 fleet to match the supply of available instances to user demand.

Use AppStream 2.0 APIs to integrate your applications with automation workflows or software-as-a-service solutions.

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