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.


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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Getting started project

Projects on AWS provide self-service step-by-step guides to help you build and launch services. In this project, you’ll learn how to provision and manage Amazon WorkSpaces cloud desktops. You'll accomplish:

Provision Cloud Desktops using Amazon WorkSpaces, and access them using the Amazon WorkSpaces client application, available for Windows and Mac computers, Chromebooks, iPads, Fire tablets, and Android tablets.

Create a new directory using Microsoft AD and add users. As part of the project, you’ll learn how to assign Amazon WorkSpaces to users in your Microsoft AD.

Perform basic administrative tasks using the AWS Management Console. You’ll learn how to reboot and rebuilt Amazon WorkSpaces, create your own custom image which you can use for provisioning new Amazon WorkSpaces, and remove Amazon WorkSpaces.

You can access this project here.


re:Invent sessions

Move your Desktops & Applications to AWS
Move to Amazon WorkSpaces to Replace Your Legacy VDI
End user self-service and admin portals for Amazon WorkSpaces (1:15:49)
Migrate your desktops to Amazon WorkSpaces (42:04)
End User Computing on AWS with Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon AppStream 2.0 (47:22)
Building on-demand classrooms and labs using Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon AppStream 2.0 (50:31)

Summit sessions

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

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