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Amazon EC2 - File Transfer Between PC and EC2 Instance

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I want to be able to transfer files between my PC and my EC2 instance by a simple mapping of a network drive on either side or by bringing up Computer on my PC and entering \\ec2instance\ in the address bar. I'm sure I will have to share folders, which I know how to do, but I'm guessing I will also have to use the EC2 management console to set up security of some kind.
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by:Zephyr ICT
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Hi again...

There;s a few options for this ...

1) You can install FTP (or better sftp) on your server, some ftp applications allow for mapping drives.

2) In my opinion this might be a better option, use the option to map drives using the RDP session, Amazon links to a how to at the bottom of this page: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/UserGuide/LaunchingAndUsingInstancesWindows.html

3) There's also SCP or WinSCP ... But that's more for copying files, not really for mapping drives.

For starters ... Of the top of my head kind of :)
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by:cbridgman
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I've already put an FTP client on the server (Filezilla) but I was hoping for a simpler method to transfer / copy small files back and forth. For example, I might take a screen print of something on the server and then want to copy it to my PC. I will take a look at mapping drives with the RDP session and see how that works out. I will let you know how that works out.
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by:Zephyr ICT
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Yeah, I understand ... But I think you'll like how the RDP option works ;)

I'll keep a lookout for other solutions...
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Another solution I thought of, but maybe not as straightforward, is using a S3 bucket and mount that to your server and your client using something like this or this

But I still think the RDP solution is the easiest.
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by:cbridgman
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All is well.

Good job and great advice.
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by:Zephyr ICT
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Great! Thanks!!
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by:Bhabatosh Das
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You can find another solution here. Try this, it worked for me <a href="http://www.tutorialstutor.com/recent/U555D11111VF/how-to-transfer-files-with-amazon-ec2-instance" title="Using scp to transfer files from Linux/Unix/Mac">Using scp to transfer files from Linux/Unix/Mac</a> or <a href="http://www.tutorialstutor.com/recent/U555D11111VF/how-to-transfer-files-with-amazon-ec2-instance" title="Using pscp to transfer files from Windows">Using pscp to transfer files from Windows</a> or you can also use the simplest GUI FTP Application like <a href="http://www.tutorialstutor.com/recent/U555D11111VF/how-to-transfer-files-with-amazon-ec2-instance" title="Using FileZilla to transfer data between your client computer to amazon ec2 instance">Using FileZilla to transfer data between your client computer to amazon ec2 instance</a>
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