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I have created a new Windows instance on Amazon EC2. I want to copy some files from my local machine to the instance. How do I go about it?

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Actually we can take benefit from the disk sharing feature of mstsc. Here is how it works:

  1. Go to find the RDP file amazon asked you to downloaded onto your local PC. right-click --> Edit

  2. Go to "Local Resources" tab --> "Local devices and resources" --> "More" button

  3. Expand the "Drives" and check the disks you want to share when you TS to the remote box.

  4. after connect, you will see the new drives in My Computer already mounted for you.

If you want to keep things organized and get better results, create a folder named "c:\publish" (or something else), and then run "SUBST s: c:\publish" in dos prompt. Now you will have a s letter that points to your folder. This way you can map only the folder with files to transfer to the server (the s) with no need to sync the entire c driver.

For me, copy speed is 200-300kB/Second. Enjoy!

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Installing dropbox on bot your client machine and EC2 instance is one of the easiest ways to do it.

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Another option is to create a share on the EC2 and then use Explorer, XCOPY or just about anything else to copy the files. Don't forget to open ports UDP 137 and TCP 445.

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Ok. Got it.

How to gain access to local files in a remote desktop session to a Windows XP-based or to a Windows Server 2003-based host computer

Should have looked around a bit before asking.

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