Streaming Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops with Amazon AppStream 2.0 – Create the Image

Overview A fairly common ask in relation to the AWS End-User Computing portfolio had been a non-persistent virtual desktop. That ask was answered in August 2020 when AWS introduced a new feature called Desktop View, which provides a desktop experience through Amazon AppStream. In this multi-part series, I'll go through the process to create and … Continue reading Streaming Non-Persistent Virtual Desktops with Amazon AppStream 2.0 – Create the Image

Troubleshooting Amazon WorkSpace Connectivity from an End-User Device

I recently ran into a situation where I was unable to connect to an Amazon WorkSpace.  Though everything looked great on the AWS side in that no problems were displayed within the WorkSpaces console, the Get-WKSWorkspace PowerShell command, and the CloudWatch WorkSpace dashboard, my connection would launch, present me with a black screen, and then … Continue reading Troubleshooting Amazon WorkSpace Connectivity from an End-User Device

Deploying Veeam Backup for AWS – Free Edition

Introduction During AWS re:Invent 2019, Veeam released "Backup for AWS", a backup and recovery solution designed, at this time, to protect AWS EC2 instances. In this upcoming (and now here) series of posts, I'll detail how to deploy and use Veeam Backup for AWS to backup and restore data from your AWS EC2 instances. This … Continue reading Deploying Veeam Backup for AWS – Free Edition

Getting Started with Amazon WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (WSP) Beta

A Bevy of AWS Announcements!! AWS re:Invent is next week….it’s almost hard to believe I’ll be leaving in just a few days. What’s been equality hard to believe is the speed of announcements about new features/services coming from AWS just this week, including but certainly not limited to: • Amazon Athena adds support for running … Continue reading Getting Started with Amazon WorkSpaces Streaming Protocol (WSP) Beta

Replacing Traditional File Shares…A High-Level Introduction to AWS WorkDocs

The Ever-Increasing Remote Workforce By all accounts, the number of remote/work-at-home employees is increasing.  The third article seen within the Additional Resources heading at the bottom of this post stats that the remote workforce has increased by 159% since 2005.  It also states that up to 90% of the US workforce would like to work … Continue reading Replacing Traditional File Shares…A High-Level Introduction to AWS WorkDocs

AWS Customer Questions – How do I Restore a VPC to Another Region?

Hello everyone!  My name is David and I haven't posted in like 6 weeks.  Helping a customer recover from ransomware can be a consuming and exhausting task.  Additionally, I was fortunate to be selected as a delegate for Cloud Field Day 5 in Silicon Valley a couple weeks ago and it too can be a … Continue reading AWS Customer Questions – How do I Restore a VPC to Another Region?

Deploying FlexApp Packages To/From AWS S3 using ProfileUnity 6.8

As you may very well know, one of the new features of ProfileUnity 6.8, is the ability to save and host FlexApp application packages on object-based cloud storage including AWS S3, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.  Perhaps this points to a measure of shortsightedness on my part, but this is the feature I was most … Continue reading Deploying FlexApp Packages To/From AWS S3 using ProfileUnity 6.8

AWS WorkSpaces – Deploying Applications using Liquidware FlexApp

At this point in the AWS WorkSpaces series, I have created my own image bundle, deployed and tested AD-joined WorkSpaces, and have setup Liquidware ProfileUnity to save user settings.  Now, I want to add applications to my WorkSpace BUT without actually installing them onto my WorkSpace.  How can one add an application to a machine … Continue reading AWS WorkSpaces – Deploying Applications using Liquidware FlexApp

AWS WorkSpaces – Integrating Liquidware ProfileUnity

Years ago, when I started working with Citrix MetaFrame 1.8, I don't recall ANY conversations centered around user profile/settings management.  Through the haze of memory, it seems like the biggest factor affecting end-user satisfaction was ensuring the appropriate mailbox was accessed when Outlook was launched from the MetaFrame server.  Then as things progressed toward shared … Continue reading AWS WorkSpaces – Integrating Liquidware ProfileUnity

AWS WorkSpaces – Creating a WorkSpace Using an AD Connector

As a continuation of the AWS WorkSpaces series, I'll detail the steps to deploy a WorkSpace into an Active Directory domain using a customized WorkSpace bundle in this post. Creating a WorkSpace Using an AD Connector Within the AWS console, click WorkSpaces under the Desktop & App Streaming heading. On the WorkSpaces page, click WorkSpaces … Continue reading AWS WorkSpaces – Creating a WorkSpace Using an AD Connector