Create a Windows EC2 Instance and Connect using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

30 minutes
  • 2 Learning Objectives

About this Hands-on Lab

AWS allows for the creation of Linux and Windows EC2 instances. Typically, you will SSH into a Linux instance. *There is a separate learning activity available to practice this skill*.

But when connecting to an EC2 instance running a Windows operating system, you typically connect with RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol). RDP is a graphical interface (GUI) for managing a Windows computer. In this learning activity, you will create a Windows EC2 instance and connect using RDP.

Learning Objectives

Successfully complete this lab by achieving the following learning objectives:

Verify the NACL and Security Group Configuration
  • Check the Network ACL (NACL) to verify that inbound and outbound RDP is allowed.
  • Create a new security group and allow the RDP protocol (port 3389).
Create a Windows EC2 Instance and Connect using RDP

Create a Windows EC2 Instance and Connect using RDP.

Additional Resources

In this learning activity, you will configure a security group to allow the RDP protocol, and associate the security group with a Windows EC2 instance that you will create. Once the instance is created, you will use Remote Desktop to connect to the instance.

Windows already has an RDP client. If you are using a Mac computer, download and install the RDP client. Here is the download link:

Linux users can use the following program for RDP:

For more information on connecting to a Windows Instance via RDP, see:

What are Hands-on Labs

Hands-on Labs are real environments created by industry experts to help you learn. These environments help you gain knowledge and experience, practice without compromising your system, test without risk, destroy without fear, and let you learn from your mistakes. Hands-on Labs: practice your skills before delivering in the real world.

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