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Connect to an EC2 instance using RDP

Connect to an EC2 instance using RDP

Difficulty Level
Lab Duration
45 Min
About Lab


You can connect to Amazon EC2 instances created from most Windows Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) using Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop uses the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to connect to and use your instance in the same way you use a computer sitting in front of you (local computer). It is available on most editions of Windows and is also available for Mac OS.

The license for the Windows Server operating system allows two simultaneous remote connections for administrative purposes. The license for Windows Server is included in the price of your Windows instance. If you require more than two simultaneous remote connections, you must purchase a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) license. If you attempt a third connection, an error occurs. 

During this lab, you will learn how to configure and launch an EC2 Windows instance and then connecting to it using RDP.

What Will You Learn?

Upon completion of this lab, you will be able to:

  • Launch a Windows EC2 instance
  • Connect to launched instance using an RDP client 
  • Terminate an instance


No prior experience is required for performing this lab.

Lab Steps:

1. Launching Lab 

  • Click on Start Lab to genera