AppStream 2.0 Base Image and Managed Image Update Release Notes - Amazon AppStream 2.0

AppStream 2.0 Base Image and Managed Image Update Release Notes

Amazon AppStream 2.0 provides base images to help you create images that include your own applications. Base images are Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) that contain software configurations specific to the Windows platform. For AppStream 2.0, each base image includes the AppStream 2.0 agent and the latest version of one of the following Microsoft Windows operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 — Available on the following image types: Base, Graphics Design, Graphics G4dn, Graphics Pro, and Sample apps

  • Windows Server 2016 Base — Available on the following image types: Base, Graphics Design, Graphics G4dn, and Graphics Pro

  • Windows Server 2019 Base — Available on the following image types: Base, Graphics G4dn, and Graphics Pro

After you create your own image that includes your own applications, you are responsible for installing and maintaining the updates for the Windows operating system, your applications, and their dependencies. AppStream 2.0 provides an automated way to update your image using managed AppStream 2.0 image updates. With managed image updates, you select the image that you want to update. AppStream 2.0 creates an image builder in the same AWS account and Region to install the updates and create the new image. After the new image is created, you can test it on a pre-production fleet before updating your production fleets or sharing the image with other AWS accounts. For more information, see "Keep Your AppStream 2.0 Image Up-to-Date" in Administer Your Amazon AppStream 2.0 Images.

For information about the latest AppStream 2.0 agent, see AppStream 2.0 Agent Release Notes.

The following table lists the latest released images.

Image type Image name
Base
  • AppStream-WinServer2012R2-07-19-2021

  • AppStream-WinServer2016-07-19-2021

  • AppStream-WinServer2019-07-19-2021

Graphics Design
  • AppStream-Graphics-Design-WinServer2012R2-07-19-2021

  • AppStream-Graphics-Design-WinServer2016-07-19-2021

  • AppStream-Graphics-Design-WinServer2019-07-19-2021

Graphics G4dn
  • AppStream-Graphics-G4dn-WinServer2012R2-07-19-2021

  • AppStream-Graphics-G4dn-WinServer2016-07-19-2021

  • AppStream-Graphics-G4dn-WinServer2019-07-19-2021

Graphics Pro
  • AppStream-Graphics-Pro-WinServer2012R2-07-19-2021

  • AppStream-Graphics-Pro-WinServer2016-07-19-2021

  • AppStream-Graphics-Pro-WinServer2019-07-19-2021

Sample apps

Amazon-AppStream2-Sample-Image-02-04-2019

For information about how to access this base image, see Get Started with Amazon AppStream 2.0: Set Up With Sample Applications.

The latest base images were released on July 19, 2021, and the latest managed AppStream 2.0 image updates were released on July 1, 2021. The following table lists the software components for the latest released base images and the components that are available if you update your image using managed image updates. If the version is marked “latest”, the current stable software component available from the vendor will be installed. If the version is marked “not included”, managed image updates is not managing the component and the version will not be changed when you update your image.

The following table lists the software components for the latest released base images.

Software component Latest base images (July 19, 2021) Managed AppStream 2.0 image updates (July 1, 2021)
Amazon AWS (AvsCamera) Driver 19.42.32.749 19.42.32.749
Amazon CloudWatch Agent 1.3.50740 1.3.50739
SSM Agent 3.0.1295.0 Not included
Amazon WDDM Hook Driver/NICE DCV Virtual Display

Amazon WDDM Hook Driver 1.0.0.56 (Windows Server 2012 R2)

NICE DCV Virtual Display 1.0.34.0 (Windows Server 2016/2019)
NICE DCV Virtual Display 1.0.34.0 (Windows Server 2016/2019)

Amazon WDDM Hook Driver 1.0.0.56 (Windows Server 2012 R2)

AMD Driver for Graphics Design instances

24.20.13028.3002 (Windows Server 2012 R2)

24.20.13028.5012 (Windows Server 2016/2019)
24.20.13028.5012
AppStream 2.0 Agent Latest (07-01-2021) 07-01-2021
AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) 1.18.138 Not included
Amazon EC2 Config service 4.9.4419.0 (Windows Server 2012 R2 only) Not included
Firefox 90.0 88.0
Microsoft Message Queuing (MSMQ) Installed with Windows Server Installed with Windows Server
NVIDIA Graphics Driver for Graphics Pro and G4dn instances 451.48 Not included
Process monitor 3.70 Latest
Quality Windows Audio/Video Experience (qWAVE) Installed with Windows Server Installed with Windows Server
Visual C++ redistributable packages 12.0.30501.0 12.0.30501.0
Windows Server updates Base image updates as of April 14, 2021 Latest
WinSCard Filter Driver 1.0.15.0 1.0.15.0
Important

The following public images are deprecated and therefore no longer available from AWS:

  • Images for Graphics Design Windows Server 2016/2019 released before June 2021

  • Images released before June 2019

  • Images for the Graphics Desktop instance family

The following table describes all released base images.

Release Image Changes
07-19-2021
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics G4dn

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Security updates up to July 13, 2021

06-01-2021
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics G4dn

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to April 14, 2021

  • Includes AMD driver version 24.20.13028.5012 for Graphics Design instances

12-28-2020
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics G4dn

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes a driver that adds support for using smart cards. Smart cards can be used for Windows sign in, Active Directory-joined streaming instances, and in-session authentication for streaming applications

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to December 9, 2020

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.18.138

  • Includes NVIDIA Graphics Driver version 451.48 for Graphics Pro and Graphics G4dn instances

07-16-2020
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics G4dn

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to June 9, 2020

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.18.86

  • Includes NVIDIA Graphics Driver version 441.66 for Graphics Pro instances

04-22-2020
  • Base (Windows Server 2019)

  • Graphics Design (Windows Server 2019)

  • Graphics G4dn (Windows Server 2019)

  • Graphics Pro (Windows Server 2019)

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to March 10, 2020

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.18.21

  • Includes NVIDIA Graphics Driver version 441.66 for Graphics Pro instances

03-18-2020
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to February 11, 2020

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.17.5

  • Includes NVIDIA Graphics Driver version 412.16 for Graphics Pro instances

03-16-2020
  • Graphics G4dn

  • Adds support for Graphics G4dn instances based on the EC2 G4dn family (Windows Server 2012 R2)

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to February 11, 2020

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.17.5

03-05-2020
  • Graphics G4dn

  • Adds support for Graphics G4dn instances based on the EC2 G4dn family (Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019)

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to February 11, 2020

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.17.5

01-13-2020
  • Graphics Design

  • Adds support for Windows Server 2019, with Microsoft Windows updates up to November 12, 2019

12-12-2019
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to November 12, 2019

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.16.284

  • Includes a new version of the SSM Agent (v2.3.760.0), which resolves an issue that prevented streaming instances from being provisioned

09-18-2019
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to August 13, 2019 for all Base and Graphics Pro instances and for Graphics Design Windows Server 2012 R2. Graphics Design Windows Server 2016 instances already include this version.

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.16.222 for all Base and Graphics Pro instances and Graphics Design Windows Server 2012 R2. Graphics Design Windows Server 2016 instances already include this version.

  • Includes a fix to prevent Windows Defender from being enabled by default on Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019 image builder instances. For more information, see Windows Update and Antivirus Software on AppStream 2.0.

09-05-2019
  • Graphics Design

  • Adds support for Windows Server 2016

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to August 13, 2019

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.16.222

  • Includes AMD Driver version 24.20.13028.3002 for Graphics Design instances (compatible with Windows Server 2016)

06-24-2019
  • Base

  • Graphics Pro

  • Adds support for Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2019

05-28-2019
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to May 14, 2019

04-29-2019
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to April 20, 2019

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.16.126

  • Includes NVIDIA Graphics Driver 412.16 for Graphics Pro instances

01-22-2019
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to December 10, 2018

  • Includes AWS CLI version 1.16.84

  • Includes NVIDIA Graphics Driver version 391.58 for Graphics Pro instances

06-12-2018
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Desktop

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to May 9, 2018

  • Includes Windows PowerShell 5.1

05-02-2018
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Desktop

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to April 10, 2018

  • Adds the following language packs: Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Thai, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional)

03-19-2018
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Desktop

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to February 23, 2018

  • Includes the following language packs: German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch

  • Resolves intermittent issues with using Microsoft Visio and Microsoft Project applications during streaming sessions

01-24-2018
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Desktop

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to January 5, 2018

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates for the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities

  • Enables a default profile to be created on image builders and used for the AWS Command Line Interface (CLI) during streaming sessions

01-01-2018
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Desktop

  • Graphics Pro

  • Resolves an issue with connectivity to AppStream 2.0 instances

12-07-2017
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Desktop

  • Graphics Pro

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to November 19, 2017

  • Adds support for managed AppStream 2.0 agent updates

11-13-2017
  • Base

  • Resolves an issue with Microsoft Office 365 applications not working during streaming sessions

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to October 11, 2017

09-05-2017
  • Base

  • Graphics Design

  • Graphics Desktop

  • Graphics Pro

  • New Graphics Design instance family

  • Support for On-Demand fleets

  • Updated approach for session context

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to August 9, 2017

  • Resolves an intermittent issue with applications not coming to the foreground

  • Resolves an intermittent issue with applications not appearing in tile view

07-25-2017
  • Graphics Desktop

  • Graphics Pro

  • New Graphics Desktop and Graphics Pro instance families

  • Adds support for 2 K resolution

07-24-2017
  • Base

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to July 13, 2017

  • Adds support for Microsoft Active Directory domains

06-20-2017
  • Base

  • Sample apps

  • Optimizes application launch performance

  • Resolves an issue with applications not displaying in tile view

  • Resolves an issue with applications displaying in tile view only

  • Resolves an issue with applications displaying multiple times in tile view

  • Resolves an issue with recently launched application windows not appearing in the foreground

  • Resolves an issue with page margins when printing

05-18-2017
  • Base

  • Sample apps

  • Adds support for AppStream 2.0 home folders

  • Includes Microsoft Windows updates up to May 16, 2017

  • Resolves an intermittent network issue that affects internet connections from streaming instances

  • Resolves an issue with application tiles not functioning correctly