Does Systems Manager Fleet Manager support Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to on-prem managed instances

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With Systems Manager Fleet Manager, I know that you can connect via RDP to EC2 Windows based instances. Is this same capability available for on-prem Windows instances managed by systems manager?

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I can confirm 100%, yes this works.

I have setup a Virtual Machine Server 2022 on Hyper V on my Windows 11 laptop. I have installed SSM and I was able to Connect to it via SSM RDP without any problem. Just ensure Enhanced-Instances is enabled

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answered 10 months ago
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Reading all the documentation, there is no reason why not.. So here goes...

I have just installed SSM agent on my home Windows machine and it registered with Fleet Manager. I tried connecting and I get the error

An error occurred while calling the StartConnection API operation. ValidationException: The StartSession API operation didn't succeed: An error occurred (BadRequest) when calling the StartSession operation: Enable advanced-instances tier to use Session Manager with your on-premises instances

I have enabled this and now it trys to connect but it stuck trying. I am on Windows 11.. I need to test Server version. Will update if I get it working

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I can confirm 100%, yes this works.

I have setup a Virtual Machine on Hyper V on my Windows 11 laptop. I have installed SSM agent and I was able to Connect to it via SSM RDP without any problem. Just ensure Enhanced-Instances is enabled

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answered 10 months ago
  • Downloading Server to test in HyperV

  • I think only Windows Server 2012 through Windows Sever 2022 are supported.

  • Agree with you there

  • I can confirm 100%, yes this works.

    I have setup a Virtual Machine on Hyper V on my Windows 11 laptop. I have installed SSM and I was able to Connect to it via SSM RDP without any problem. Just ensure Enhanced-Instances is enabled

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The Advanced instance tier allows you to connect to your on-prem Windows server using Session Manager as long as you have the SSM agent installed and the servers can reach the SSM endpoint.

https://docs.aws.amazon.com/systems-manager/latest/userguide/activations.html

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answered 10 months ago
  • It only reffers to Shell Sessions. I cant find anywhere yet that says RDP is supported yet

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