Access Your AWS VMs¶
In the previous lab, Create a CIS-194 Stack, you created two Windows VMs. In this lab you will access those VMs and, importantly, shut them down when you’re done with them.
About AWS VMs¶
AWS doesn’t have any way to access a VMs console like VirtualBox and VMWare does. That means your Windows VMs must have remote desktop enabled and accessible for you to use them. Further, it is not safe to update the IP addresses of your VMs because that disrupts your ability to contact them. If you lose contact with your Windows VMs you will have to delete the entire stack and re-create it.
I have developed images (called AMIs) with RDP enabled and default users and passwords. The stack contains the following:
Windows Server 2019 Base
Before You Begin¶
You need to have a RDP client installed on your system. Windows comes with an RDP client out of the box so no action is necessary. You can download the official MacOS client from Microsoft from here:
I use Remmina on Ubuntu, which can be installed via apt.
Step 1: Go to the EC2 Console¶
From the AWS console search for and find the EC2 console as shown.
Step 2: Go to the Instances Panel¶
On the left, select the instances link as shown.
Step 3: Select One of Your VMs¶
The instances from your stack should be present and in the running state. Select one of them (it doesn’t matter which one at this stage because you will repeat this). When you have an insance selected the “Connect” button becomes available.
Step 4: Connect via RDP¶
Pressing the connect button brings up the dialog show. Download the Remote Desktop File and execute it. How that works will depend on your system.
Step 5: Your VM’s Desktop¶
Executing the RDP file will take you to your desktop. You will need the usernames and passwords at the top of the page. During class and for assignments you will use your VMs.
It costs $$ every minute your VM is running!
The credit you have is plenty of time if you remember to shut down your VMs when you’re not using them. Otherwise you may run out of credit before the end of the semester.
When you first connect Windows will ask you if you want to enable discover. Say yes.
Step 6: Shutdown Your VM¶
Use the start menu to shut down your VM as shown.
Step 7: Repeat!¶
Repeat steps 3 through 6 on your other VM.
When you’re done both VMs should be shutdown as shown. Take a screenshot similar to the one below and submit it on Canvas.