Published June 13, 2018 by

AWS Computer Service - WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop computing service in the cloud that allows its customers to provide cloud-based desktops to their end-users. Through this, the end users can access the documents, applications, and resources using devices of their choice such as laptops, iPad, Kindle Fire, or Android tablets. This service was launched to meet its customers rising demand for Cloud-based 'Desktop as a Service' (DaaS).

How it works?

Each WorkSpace is a persistent Windows Server 2008 R2 instance that looks like Windows 7, hosted on the AWS cloud. Desktops are streamed to users via PCoIP and the data backed up will be taken on every 12 hours by default.

User Requirements

An Internet connection with TCP and UDP open ports is required at the user’s end. They have to download a free Amazon WorkSpaces client application for their device.

How to Create Amazon Workspaces?

Step 1 − Create an AD Directory using the following steps.

Go to Amazon WorkSpace service in AWS management console.

Select Directories, then Setup Directory in the navigation panel.

A new page will open. Select Create Simple AD button, then fill the required details.
In VPC section, fill the VPC details and select Next step.

A review page will open to review the information. Make changes if incorrect, then click the Create Simple AD button.

Step 2 − Create a WorkSpace using the following steps.

Go to Amazon WorkSpace service in AWS management console.

Select Workspaces and then Launch WorkSpaces option in the navigation panel.

Select the cloud directory. Enable/disable WorkDocs for all users in this directory, then click the Next Step button.

A new page will open. Fill in the details for the new user and select the Create Users button. Once the user is added to the WorkSpace list, select Next.

Enter the number of bundles needed in the value field of WorkSpaces Bundles page, then select Next.

A review page will open. Now workspace creating process is started, it take's approx 15 minutes.
Step 3 - Connect with WorkSpace

After sometimes it shows your workspace status is Available and as well as user got a confirmation mail.

Follow instructions mentions in mail and setup credentials.

Install Amazon Workspaces Client. (link is given in mail)

Run the application. For the first time, we need to enter the registration code received in email and click Register.

Connect to the WorkSpace by entering the username and password for the user. Select Sign In.

Benefits of Amazon WorkSpaces

Easy to set up − Customers can choose AWS WorkSpaces plans of their choice and provide requirements such as CPU type, memory, storage and applications, and a number of desktops.

Choice of devices and applications − Customers can install Amazon WorkSpace application on their device (Laptops, iPads, Tablets) free of cost and can choose applications from the available list.

Cost-effective − Amazon WorkSpaces require no upfront commitment and the customers pay as they customize their desktop, on a monthly basis.