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Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager
Administration Guide

Get Started with Amazon WAM

In this tutorial, you'll learn how to deploy an application from the AWS Marketplace to a WorkSpace using Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager (Amazon WAM).

Prerequisites

Before you begin, do the following:

  • Create an Amazon WorkSpaces directory. Amazon WAM supports Microsoft AD, Simple AD, and AD Connector.

  • Create a user and WorkSpace for that user using the directory that you created.

For more information, see the following documentation in the Amazon WorkSpaces Administration Guide:

Step 1: Select a Subscription Plan

If you've used the Amazon WAM console before, you have already selected a subscription plan. Otherwise, you must select a subscription plan. For more information, see Pricing and Plans.

To select a subscription plan

  1. Open the Amazon WorkSpaces console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/workspaces/.

  2. Select the region that contains your WorkSpaces.

  3. On the navigation pane, choose Subscriptions.

  4. If you are new to Amazon WAM, you see a welcome page. On the welcome page, choose Get started building your catalog. On the Select subscription plan page, choose WAM Lite or WAM Standard, and then choose Confirm. Remain on the Add applications to catalog from AWS Marketplace page and go to Step 2: Add an Application to Your Catalog.

  5. Otherwise, you see the Subscription plan page. Check the value of Current subscription plan. To change the plan from WAM Lite to WAM Standard, choose Upgrade. To change the plan from WAM Standard to WAM Lite, choose Downgrade. When you are finished, choose Applications from the navigation pane, and then choose Add application from AWS Marketplace. Remain on the Add applications to catalog from AWS Marketplace page and go to the next step.

Step 2: Add an Application to Your Catalog

You can build your catalog from the AWS Marketplace, your line-of-business applications, and applications that you have already licensed. Use the following procedure to add an application from the AWS Marketplace to your catalog.

To add an application to your application catalog

  1. In the search AWS Marketplace field, type the name of an application (for example, solitaire) and then press Enter. Select an application from the results (for example, Big Solitaires 3).

  2. On the application page, choose Accept terms and subscribe.

  3. Choose Return to application catalog.

  4. If needed, set the source to Source: AWS Marketplace. After several minutes, the application appears in the list of subscribed applications.

Step 3: Assign an Application to a User

Your users can only access the Amazon WAM applications that you assign to them. Use the following procedure to assign a subscribed application to a user.

To assign an application to a user

  1. Locate the application and select its checkbox.

  2. Choose Actions, Assign application(s) to users.

  3. On the Select users page, do the following:

    1. For Directory, select the directory that you used for the WorkSpace.

    2. For Type, choose Users.

    3. In the search field, type the name of the user, or leave the field empty to list all users for the directory.

    4. Choose Search.

    5. For Search results, select the checkbox next to the user and then choose the right arrow (>) to add the user to the list.

    6. Choose Next.

  4. Complete the Configure options page as needed, and then choose Review. Note that you can change the default options only if you are using the Amazon WAM Standard subscription plan.

  5. Choose Confirm and assign. The selected application is assigned to the selected user.

Step 4: Access the Applications Assigned to You

Your users use the Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager client application on their WorkSpace to access the applications that you assign to them. The installer is available on your WorkSpace desktop. After you install the application, you can access the applications that are assigned to you.

To install and start assigned applications

  1. Connect to your WorkSpace using your preferred client application or web browser. For more information, see Amazon WorkSpaces Clients in the Amazon WAM User Guide.

  2. Choose the Amazon WAM shortcut on the desktop of your WorkSpace to start the Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager client application.

    If the shortcut is not available, see Troubleshooting Amazon WAM Issues in the Amazon WAM User Guide.

  3. To find applications that have been assigned to you but have not been installed, choose DISCOVER.

  4. To install an application, choose the triangle (install).

  5. You can start your Amazon WAM applications using the Amazon WorkSpaces Application Manager client application or the Windows Start menu. For more information, see Getting Started in the Amazon WAM User Guide.