Amazon WorkSpaces
Administration Guide

Manage the WorkSpace Running Mode

The running mode of a WorkSpaces determines its immediate availability and how you pay for it. You can choose between the following running modes when you create the WorkSpace:

  • AlwaysOn — Use when paying a fixed monthly fee for unlimited usage of your WorkSpaces. This mode is best for users who use their WorkSpace full time as their primary desktop.

  • AutoStop — Use when paying for your WorkSpaces by the hour. With this mode, your WorkSpaces stop after a specified period of inactivity and the state of apps and data is saved. To set the automatic stop time, use AutoStop Time (hours).

    When possible, the state of the desktop is saved to the root volume of the WorkSpace. The WorkSpace resumes when a user logs in, and all open documents and running programs return to their saved state.

For more information, see Amazon WorkSpaces Pricing.

Modify the Running Mode

You can switch between running modes at any time.

To modify the running mode of a WorkSpace

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

  2. In the navigation pane, choose WorkSpaces.

  3. Select the WorkSpaces to modify and choose Actions, Modify Running Mode Properties.

  4. Select the new running mode, AlwaysOn or AutoStop, and then choose Modify.

Stop and Start an AutoStop WorkSpace

When your AutoStop WorkSpaces are not in use, they are automatically stopped after a specified period of inactivity, and hourly metering is suspended. To further optimize costs, you can suspend the hourly charges associated with AutoStop WorkSpaces. The WorkSpace is stopped and all apps and data saved for the next time a user logs in to the WorkSpace.

Note

Amazon WorkSpaces can detect inactivity only when users are using Amazon WorkSpaces clients. If users are using third-party clients, Amazon WorkSpaces might not be able to detect inactivity, and therefore the WorkSpace might not automatically stop and metering might not be suspended.

When a user reconnects to a stopped WorkSpace, it resumes from where it left off, typically in under 90 seconds.

You can restart AutoStop WorkSpaces that are available or in an error state.

To stop an AutoStop WorkSpace

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

  2. In the navigation pane, choose WorkSpaces.

  3. Select the WorkSpaces to be stopped and choose Actions, Stop WorkSpaces.

  4. When prompted for confirmation, choose Stop.

To start an AutoStop WorkSpace

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

  2. In the navigation pane, choose WorkSpaces.

  3. Select the WorkSpaces to be started and choose Actions, Start WorkSpaces.

  4. When prompted for confirmation, choose Start.

To remove the fixed infrastructure costs associated with AutoStop WorkSpaces, remove the WorkSpace from your account. For more information, see Delete a WorkSpace.