Once you have launched an ArcGIS Server or ArcGIS Enterprise instance on Amazon Web Services, you can log in to authorize software (if necessary) or perform other ArcGIS administrative tasks.
The following instructions explain how to log in to a Windows instance using Remote Desktop Connection.
- Log in to the AWS Management Console and click Instances.
- Find your instance in the list and make sure it is started.
- In the instances list, click your instance and examine the detailed information that appears below it. Note or copy the name given for Public DNS.
- Right-click your instance and click Get Windows Password.
- Click Choose File and browse to the key pair file (.pem) that you specified when you created the instance.
- Click Decrypt Password and save or note the password in a secure place.
- Right-click your instance and click Get System Log. This page shows the status of your instance. You should not continue with the remaining steps until about 5 minutes after the message Windows is ready to use appears in this log. If you used Cloud Builder to build your site, you should also wait until your site appears in Cloud Builder's list of running sites.
Note the following about using the system log to look for the Windows is ready to use message:
- You may have to repeatedly open the log to check for this message.
The time it takes for this message to appear can vary based on the responsiveness of Amazon EC2. Factors affecting response time may include the time of day, your location, and the health of the Amazon zone and region you are using. Expect to wait at least 10 minutes.
- If the message does not appear after a long period of time (for example, 30 minutes), Amazon is experiencing a problem starting the instance. Consider terminating the instance and launching a new one.
- About 5 minutes after the Windows is ready to use message appears in the system log, open All Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.
- In the Computer text box, enter the public DNS name or Elastic IP that you copied or wrote down previously and click Connect.
- Choose to connect using the Administrator account.
- Type the administrator password you retrieved earlier in these steps.
You are now logged in to the instance and should see the Windows desktop.
- Change your Administrator password.
- In Windows, open User Accounts.
- Click Manage User Accounts.
- Choose the Administrator account in the list and click Reset Password.
- Type the new password twice to confirm, and click OK.
- Authorize ArcGIS Desktop.
- Start ArcGIS Administrator.
- Click the Desktop folder and choose a licensing option. If you choose a Concurrent Use license, supply the address of a license manager that is visible to the instance. If you choose a Single Use license, click Authorize Now and proceed through the wizard.
- If you launched your instance from the Amazon Management Console rather than ArcGIS Server Cloud Builder on Amazon Web Services or an Esri AWS CloudFormation template, you need to authorize the software. Open the Software Authorization wizard on the instance and provide a valid ArcGIS Server or Portal for ArcGIS license file to authorize the software.