Windows Remote Desktop Connection to Ubuntu GUI on AWS EC2

Posted October 11th, 2018 by Harish KM 16535 Views
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This article describes the steps involved in creating an Ubuntu EC2 instance, setting up a full-fledged GUI desktop environment on it & connecting to it via Windows Remote Desktop Connection.

We start with the EC2 Console at Click Launch Instance:

Choose the Ubuntu AMI:

Choose an Instance Type:

Launch the instance. Go to EC2 Console > Instances, select the instance & click Connect:

Follow these instructions to connect to the instance & install Ubuntu desktop packages:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install ubuntu-desktop

Install xrdp to allow RDP connections:

sudo apt install xrdp

Set a password for the ubuntu user:

sudo passwd ubuntu

Enter the instance’s Public DNS in Remote Desktop Connection dialog & connect as ubuntu:


(Part 2/6 in AWS series)

“Harish KM is a consultant at Systems Plus. The content of this blog is personal & for information purposes only, and is subject to change. Reader discretion is advised”

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