Step 2: Select your virtual desktop provider - Amazon WorkSpaces Thin Client

Step 2: Select your virtual desktop provider

You must have a service to provide your users access to their virtual desktop and compatible resources.

Important

For WorkSpaces Thin Client Administrator Console to work properly, your system must meet specific requirements. These requirements are listed in Prerequisites and Configurations.

Make sure that your system meets these requirements before you set up your console.

Using Amazon WorkSpaces

Amazon WorkSpaces is a fully managed desktop virtualization service for Windows that enables you to access resources from any supported device.

  1. To use Amazon WorkSpaces, do one of the following:

    • Select the directory that you want to use for your environment. You can either browse through the dropdown list or you can search the directories by using the search field.

      Note

      If you do not see your existing directories in the list, verify in the WorkSpaces Management Console that it meets the WorkSpaces Thin Client requirements.

    • Create a directory by selecting the Create WorkSpaces directory button. For more information on creating WorkSpaces directories, see Manage directories for WorkSpaces.

  2. Select the Create environment button.

When you create your environment, you can still edit the details later. For more information, see Editing an environment.

Using AppStream 2.0

AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed, secure application streaming service that you can use to stream desktop applications from AWS to a web browser.

Warning

In order to create an AppStream 2.0 environment, you must have cli_follow_urlparam set to false. To achieve this, do the following:

  • For a default profile, run aws configure set cli_follow_urlparam false.

  • For a profile with name ProfileName, run aws configure set cli_follow_urlparam false --profile ProfileName.

  1. To set up AppStream 2.0, do one of the following:

    • Select the stack that you want to use for your environment. You can either browse through the dropdown list or you can search the stacks by using the search field.

      Note

      If you do not see your existing stacks on the list, verify in the AppStream 2.0 Management Console that it meets the WorkSpaces Thin Client requirements.

    • Create a stack by selecting the Create Stack button. For more information on creating AppStream 2.0 stacks, see Create a Stack.

  2. Enter your identity provider login and logout URL in the IdP login URL field. This provides users with a place to log in and out of WorkSpaces Thin Client.

  3. Select the Create environment button.

After you create your environment, you can still edit the details later. For more information, see Editing an environment.

Using Amazon WorkSpaces Web

Amazon WorkSpaces Web is a low-cost, fully managed WorkSpaces console that is built to deliver secure web-based workloads and software as a service (SaaS) application access to users within existing web browsers.

  1. To set up Amazon WorkSpaces Web, do one of the following:

    • Select the web portal that you want to use for your environment. You can either browse through the dropdown list or you can search the web portals by using the search field.

      Note

      If you do not see your existing web portals in the list, verify in the WorkSpaces Web Management Console that it meets the WorkSpaces Thin Client requirements.

    • Create a web portal by selecting the Create WorkSpaces Web button. For more information on creating WorkSpaces Web web portals, see Setting up Amazon WorkSpaces Web.

  2. Select the Create environment button.

After you create your environment, you can still edit the details later. For more information, see Editing an environment.