Best practices for deploying Amazon WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces is designed to be integrated into existing IT systems and processes. This whitepaper describes best practices for deploying Amazon WorkSpaces and incorporating the service into your infrastructure. It covers network considerations, directory services, user authentication, security, monitoring, and logging. The paper is intended for IT administrators who are responsible for managing end user computing and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) in corporate IT environments.

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Best practices to prepare your Amazon WorkSpaces for Linux images

This whitepaper outlines a set of best practices for the image preparation of Amazon WorkSpaces for Linux. The paper covers Well-Architected Principles applied to image design, the make-up of an Amazon WorkSpace, the Bundle and Image process for Amazon WorkSpaces, and methodologies for Image management. The paper addresses best practices for operating system updates, remote protocol configuration, application deployment, and desktop experience configuration of MATE.

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The total economic impact™ of AWS End-User Computing

The surge towards remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic has driven organizations that historically invested in on-premises virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to explore cloud-hosted desktops, desktop as a service, and hybrid models to deliver virtual end-user computing. Recent Forrester research noted three main reasons that drive this trend towards cloud VDI: 1) faster procurement than traditional hardware, 2) improved security for personally owned endpoints, and 3) improved infrastructure management.

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Amazon WorkSpaces SAML Authentication Implementation Guide

Integrating SAML 2.0 with your WorkSpaces for desktop session authentication allows your users to use their existing SAML 2.0 identity provider (IdP) credentials and authentication methods through their default web browser. This guide walks you through the process of setting up SAML 2.0 authentication in your WorkSpaces environment. It contains both general guidance as well as IdP specific instructions.

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re:Invent sessions

AWS re:Invent 2020: Getting started with Amazon AppStream 2.0 and Amazon WorkSpaces (32:52)
AWS re:Invent 2020: Reimagine your workforce with AWS End User Computing Services (24:39)
AWS re:Invent 2020: Amazon WorkSpaces business continuity & disaster recovery best practices (28:46)
AWS re:Invent 2020: Enhance, expedite and simplify provisioning and management of Amazon EUC (34:14)
AWS re:Invent 2020: Scaling and optimizing Amazon AppStream 2.0 (27:17)
AWS re:Invent 2019: Leadership session: End-user computing (1:03:18)
AWS re:Invent 2019: Move your desktops and applications to AWS EUC (50:04)
AWS re:Invent 2019: How to use Amazon Linux WorkSpaces for agile development (56:40)
AWS re:Invent 2019: Carnival Cruise Line moved from on-premises VDI to Amazon WorkSpaces (1:01:07)
AWS re:Invent 2019: Why GE Renewable Energy and Multiview stream their desktop applications (55:51)
AWS re:Invent 2019: How Facebook deployed Amazon WorkSpaces globally (41:48)

Summit sessions

Move your desktops and applications to AWS with end-user computing (30:25)
Deploying WorkSpaces at scale with Johnson & Johnson (58:01)


Administration Guide

Helps you get started using Amazon WorkSpaces. You will learn how to quickly and easily provision and maintain one or more WorkSpaces.

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Describes the API operations for Amazon WorkSpaces.

Application manager

Administration Guide

Helps you to manage your application catalog and assign applications to your Amazon WorkSpaces users.


Learn how to use the applications that have been assigned to you.

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