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.


Enabling today's workforce with desktops as a service

Businesses across industries are striving to chieve a long-standing goal of securely delivering applications and data to their users. This ESG Research Insights Report explores the challenges of traditional desktops, examines the on-going attempts to employ virtual desktop infrastrcuture (VDI) as the solutions, and the value of desktops as a service (DaaS). 

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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.


Dive into Amazon WorkSpaces with Jeff Barr (23:10)
Securing your desktops in the cloud (27:54)
Getting started with Amazon WorkSpaces (41:27)
Deploying and managing applications in Amazon WorkSpaces (44:02)
Deploying line of business desktop apps using Amazon WAM (42:55)

re:Invent sessions

Migrate your desktops to Amazon WorkSpaces (42:04)
End User Computing on AWS with Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon AppStream 2.0 (47:22)
End user self-service and admin portals for Amazon WorkSpaces (1:15:49)
Building on-demand classrooms and labs using Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon AppStream 2.0 (50:31)
Image management best practices for Amazon WorkSpaces (49:12)
Move your desktops to the cloud with Amazon WorkSpaces (46:13)
Running graphics workloads on AWS with Amazon WorkSpaces graphics bundles (47:20)
Extra, extra! News UK saves money with hourly Amazon WorkSpaces (51:08)
Zero to Google Chrome in 60 minutes (55:48)

Summit sessions

Getting started with Amazon Enterprise Applications (29:31)
Why choose Amazon WorkSpaces and Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager (45:44)
Deploying WorkSpaces at scale with Johnson & Johnson (58:01)
Move your desktops and applications to AWS with end-user computing (30:25)

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