Amazon AppStream
Developer Guide

This documentation is for an older version of Amazon AppStream. For information about the latest version, see the Amazon AppStream 2.0 Developer Guide.

Connecting to Your Standalone Host

After AWS CloudFormation finished deploying the stack for your standalone streaming server, you can use Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) to connect to the EC2 instance, upload your application, and start your application. For more information, see Connecting to Your Windows Instance in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud Microsoft Windows Guide.

To log into your EC2 instance, you will need the administrator password and public IP address to your EC2 instance. While retrieving the administrator password and public IP address, you can download a Remote Desktop file that contains the connection information to your EC2 instance.

To get the administrator password, public IP address, and Remote Desktop File of your instance

  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console at

  2. In the navigation pane, select Instances. Select your instance, and click Connect.

  3. In the Connect To Your Instance dialog box, record the public IP address and user name. You'll need the public IP address to stream to your client application. Click Get Password (it will take a few minutes after the instance is launched before the password is available).

  4. Click Browse and navigate to the private key file that you saved when you created the key pair. Select the file and click Open to copy the entire contents of the file into contents box.

  5. Click Decrypt Password. The console displays the default administrator password for the instance in the Connect To Your Instance dialog box, replacing the link to Get Password shown previously with the actual password.

  6. Record the default administrator password. You need this password to connect to the instance and install your application.

  7. Click Download Remote Desktop File. Your browser prompts you to either open or save the .rdp file. Save the file as you might need this file to administer the instance. When you have finished, you can click Close to dismiss the Connect To Your Instance dialog box.