Amazon WorkSpaces
Administration Guide

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Launch a Virtual Desktop Using Amazon WorkSpaces

With Amazon WorkSpaces, you can provision virtual, cloud-based Microsoft Windows or Amazon Linux desktops for your users, known as WorkSpaces.

Amazon WorkSpaces uses a directory to store and manage information for your WorkSpaces and users. You can do any of the following:

  • Create a Simple AD directory.

  • Create an AWS Directory Service for Microsoft Active Directory, also known as AWS Managed Microsoft AD.

  • Connect to an existing Microsoft Active Directory by using Active Directory Connector.

  • Create a trust relationship between your AWS Managed Microsoft AD directory and your on-premises domain.

The following tutorials show you how to launch a WorkSpace by using the supported directory service options.