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How To Copy Files Using Remote Desktop To Your AWS Virtual Machine

I did a post on my other blog called:

How To Connect Access To SQL Server On Amazon Virtual Machine

Since we’re still dealing with AWS, you probably want to find out how to transfer files to your cool new VM.

Well in this post you are going to find out. We are not going to be using Filezilla, Putty, or Dropbox. We are just going to use the Remote Desktop that Amazon already gives you.

You can find other good tutorials online for those tools, but if your company has restricted you, you will have to “play with the tools you have”, and here it’s Remote Desktop.

Here is the step by step:

Step 1. – SETUP A FOLDER YOU CAN SHARE ON THE CLIENT THAT YOU CAN TRANSFER FILES INTO.

Step 2: Share It:

From the command line type: subst s: c:\amazonaws

Step 3: Download the AWS RDP File

Step 4: Important: Now open the RDP client on your machine! (Not the one from AWS!)

Step 5: Click “Show Options”

Using the RDS program on your machine.

From “Options” click “Open”:

Select the “Connect”, RDP file you downloaded from Amazon

After you select the file (AWS Config), you’ll get redirected back to here:

Step 6: Local Resources (Just about done)

Then click the “Local Resources” tab > “More” > then select drives you want to share with AWS Machine

Now you’ll be able to see your Shared drive “Window (S:)” on your Amazon Virtual Machine (select it).

Now when you copy a file from your desktop computer to that shared folder it will also appear in the “linked” shared folder on your AWS Virtual Machine.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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