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I need to access my Windows server EC2 instance without RDP but via the web.  Is this possible?

Assistance is greatly appreciated.
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by:Barry Cunney
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Hi frugalmule,
Yes, typically one would access an 'EC2 instance' with a relevant URL/DNS similar to the following sample:

http://myAWSinstancedns.compute.amazonaws.com
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Do you need to log into your windows server?
Out of the box, there is no alternative to RDP. You can set up non-rdp access, but it requires setup. Logmein, Team Viewer, etc, can all be used to remotely manage EC2 windows servers.

However, if you need a way to remotely execute commands on your windows server, then use SSM
http://docs.aws.amazon.com/AWSEC2/latest/WindowsGuide/execute-remote-commands.html

if you are asking because you misplaced your password, then SSM is the only viable option left.
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by:frugalmule
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I need remote access to gui desktop for Windows 2003 server.

The Windows 7 machine at work that I will be using to access it, won't be able to install software.
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by:shalomc
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If you can't install any 3rd party enablers, then you need RDP.
Afaik there are no other ways to access a remote gui.
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