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How To Work From Home With The Ease of AWS Workspace

David So
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Technical
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August 31, 2020

There are certain time whens it is mandatory to work from home such as a pandemic when social distancing is enforce. Under these circumstances, a huge demand for staff may need to start working away from the office, these users may not have the technical ability to have this configure and within organization compliance. With AWS workspace, a user no longer requires to connect with a specific device (laptop and VPN). They also have the flexibility to connect anywhere, anytime as long as you have an internet connection.

AWS workspace is a cloud-based virtual desktop that can act as a replacement for a traditional desktop or VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure). Quoting from the official 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 hardware or install complex software. You can quickly add or remove users as your needs change. Users can access their virtual desktops from multiple devices or web browsers.”

Imagine from an administrator perspective, deploying with AWS workspaces:

·      No need to deploy hardware anymore, no longer have to worry about storage, compute, or RAM

·      No need to deploy any Citrix or VMware infrastructure

·      No more load balancer or certificate issue

·      Keep your resource and integrate with current server and AWS infrastructure, keeping existing authentication protocols and permissions intact.

·      Simplified Windows licensing – you have the option to utilise the Amazon provided license for the OS bundle

·      You have the option to implement your own license with BYOL (Bring Your Own License) bundle

·      You can create custom images to deploy in mass scale

·      Security feature such as root volume encryption,IP Access Control and MFA login.

From user perspective:

·      No longer need to connect with a specific device, user can access resource seamlessly

·      User has the option to connect via Mac/Windows/iPad/Android/ Linux or web browser

·      Updates can be perform on the fly or via schedule maintenance window

 

Managing and administering:

·      Upsize or downsize workspace specs with the click of a button (sweet!!)

·      Options to set running mode: AlwaysOn (monthly billing) or AutoStop (hourly billing) to save cost

·      User volume on a WorkSpace is backed up every 12hours. In case of a WorkSpace failure, AWS can restore this volume from the last backup. If Amazon WorkDocs Sync is enabled on a WorkSpace, the folder a user chooses to sync will be continuously backed up and stored in AmazonWorkDocs.

 

Workspace needs 3 basic components:

1.    Workspace client application

2.    Directory service to authenticate users and provide access to their workspace

3.    Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) to provide network communication

HighLevel Steps:

 

1.    Setup and register Directory service

2.    Launch quick setup via AWS console link https://console.aws.amazon.com/workspaces/

3.    Select an image bundle for the user

4.     Select and enter the require user to deploy the device. Create a new user if it has yet been created.

5.    Choose Launch WorkSpaces.

 

To start using workspace, you can deploy a device in less than 20 minutes by simply follow the quick setup guide here.

Even more, WorkSpace comes with the pre-installed applications, and access to Amazon WorkDocs with 50 GB included storage. WorkSpaces can encourage business to buy less hardware and software and spend less to deploy, maintain, and upgrade them, this is the benefit that will make the CTO more popular with the CFO, the COO, and the CEO. All of that may perhaps lead to more good things.

 

David So
David is a IT Support Engineer with more than 10 years of experience in infrastructure planning, deployment, administering and troubleshooting of various operating system in an Enterprise environment. This can include but not limited to; firewall/ network configuration, Active Directory and Exchange, Clustering architecture, Storage/SAN Management Products, Backup and Disaster Recovery to the Clouds for Microsoft Azure and AWS.

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