How to launch, configure, and access a Microsoft Windows virtual machine using AWS

Amazon EC2 is the most famous AWS service and allows you to launch different types of cloud instances and pay for them with a pay-per-use approach. With Amazon EC2 you can create new servers in a few minutes and use different images (AMI) to personalize them. AWS provides several Microsoft Windows Server AMIs that enables you to run any compatible Windows-based solution. You can use Windows-based applications, websites, and web-services written in .NET, for data processing, media transcoding, and any other task requiring Windows software.

By completing this hands-on lab, you will be able to launch and access your first Amazon EC2 instance running Microsoft Windows Server.

Follow these steps to learn by building helpful cloud resources

Log In to the Amazon Web Service Console

Your first step to start the laboratory experience

Create a Windows EC2 instance

Launch an new EC2 instance using the Windows AMI

Retrieve the Administrator password using the Keypair

Get the Windows Administrator password starting from the EC2 Keypair

Connect to a Windows instance using a Remote Desktop connection

How to start a Remote Desktop connection using the EC2 instance credentials

Get the EC2 instance metadata (Windows)

How to get the EC2 instance ID and other useful metadata

Terminate an EC2 instance

How to destroy an EC2 instance