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
As you continue your journey in and to the cloud, you may find yourself using Lambda functions to send data to remote/3rd party API servers. Not only that, you may find that these 3rd party API providers only accept requests from whitelisted IP addresses. This may shock you, but Lambda functions are not the same … Continue reading Whitelisting Lambda Functions
Much to my great joy, the X-Files is currently available on Amazon Prime and so to unwind a bit and relax, I'll periodically watch an episode, sometimes 2, after the young kids go to bed. The seventh episode of the first season is entitled, "Ghost in the Machine" and in this episode, a revolutionary computer … Continue reading Mist in the Machine
Though it's not officially over at the time of my writing, AWS re:Invent 2018 has ended for me. As you might expect, it's been a pretty hectic week filled with keynotes, sessions, chalk talks, expo floor excursions, hunting for the Ms. PacMan arcade game, rarely finding a chair to sit on in the certification lounge, … Continue reading AWS re:Invent – The Ultimate Team Building Experience?
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
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
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
A standard procedure in any VDI deployment is to create a customized "gold image". A gold image is simply a template machine on which the computing environment (OS, updates, applications, etc.) is customized to meet the needs of an organization, and this image then serves as the foundation from which copies/virtual desktops are built. There … Continue reading AWS WorkSpaces – Building a Customized Image Bundle
Recently, two events got me thinking more and more about AWS WorkSpaces. What is AWS Workspaces? Basically it's VDI on AWS, but here's the official AWS definition/description: Amazon WorkSpaces enables you to provision virtual, cloud-based Microsoft Windows or Amazon Linux desktops for your users, known as WorkSpaces. Amazon WorkSpaces eliminates the need to procure and deploy … Continue reading Thinking about AWS WorkSpaces….
As promised through Twitter, here are my notes from my second Thursday morning session from last week’s AWS Public Sector Summit in Washington, DC. This session, on AWS Cost Optimization led by Matt Johnson, was packed! Honestly, I was a little surprised by that initially though I’m not sure why….I mean, I have my AWS … Continue reading 2018 AWS Public Sector Notes – Cost Optimization on AWS