Remote Desktop Gateway on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment - RD Gateway on AWS

Remote Desktop Gateway on the AWS Cloud: Quick Start Reference Deployment

Deployment Guide

Santiago Cardenas — Solutions Architect, AWS Quick Start Reference Team

April 2014  (last update: March 2020)

This Quick Start reference deployment guide includes architectural considerations and configuration steps for deploying Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud. It discusses best practices for securely accessing your Windows-based instances using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for remote administration. The Quick Start includes automated AWS CloudFormation templates that you can leverage for your deployment or launch directly into your AWS account.

The guide is for organizations that are running workloads in the AWS Cloud that require secure remote administrative access to Windows-based, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances over the internet. After reading this guide, IT infrastructure personnel should have a good understanding of how to design and deploy an RD Gateway infrastructure on AWS.

The following links are for your convenience. Before you launch the Quick Start, please review the architecture, configuration, network security, and other considerations discussed in this guide.

  • If you have an AWS account and you're already familiar with RD Gateway and AWS services, you can launch the Quick Start to deploy RD Gateway into a new VPC in your AWS account. The deployment takes approximately 30 minutes. If you’re new to AWS or RD Gateway, or if you want to deploy RD Gateway into an existing VPC, please review the implementation details and follow the step-by-step instructions provided in this guide.



  • If you'd like to take a look under the covers, you can view the template that automates the deployment for a new VPC. You can customize the template during launch, or download and extend it for other projects.



You are responsible for the costs related to your use of any AWS services used while running this Quick Start reference deployment. There is no additional cost for using the Quick Start. For cost estimates, see the pricing pages for each AWS service you will be using in this Quick Start.

About Quick Starts

Quick Starts are automated reference deployments for key workloads on the AWS Cloud. Each Quick Start launches, configures, and runs the AWS compute, network, storage, and other services required to deploy a specific workload on AWS, using AWS best practices for security and availability.