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Persistent Storage with AppStream 2.0 Home Folders

AppStream 2.0 offers persistent storage support for your end users with Home Folders. When this option is enabled for an AppStream 2.0 stack, end users of the stack are presented with a persistent storage folder in their AppStream 2.0 sessions with no further configuration required on the end user's part. Data stored by the user in this folder is automatically backed up to an Amazon S3 bucket in your AWS account and is made available in subsequent sessions for that user.

Home Folder End User Experience

For end users, the Home folder behaves like a normal Windows folder. Users experience the following Home Folder access features within their streaming session.

  • Users can save their documents and project files within their Home folder. AppStream 2.0 continuously checks for the most recently modified files and back them up to each user's folder in persistent storage.

  • Data content in each user's Home folder is specific to that user, and cannot be accessed by other users.

  • Navigation to the Home folder can be accomplished as simply as choosing This PC, Home Folder from the left navigation menu of Windows Explorer.

  • As with Windows Explorer navigation, File Explorer dialogs that are displayed by applications provide seamless access the user's Home folder, for example when the user chooses File Open or File Save from the application interface.

  • A web view is available to access the Home folder by choosing My Files from the web view session toolbar.

    Using the web view, users can navigate to Home folder files, create new folders within their Home folder, upload files from their local computer to their Home folder, download files from their Home folder to their local computer, and rename any of the existing files/folders within their Home folder.

To upload and download files between your local computer and your Home folder

  1. In the AppStream 2.0 web view session, choose the My Files icon at the top left of your browser.

  2. Navigate to an existing folder, or choose Add Folder to create a new folder.

  3. When the desired folder is displayed, choose Upload to upload a local file to the currently displayed location in the session's Home folder. To download a specific file, choose the down arrow on the right of the file name and choose Download.