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I would like to know if there is a better way to transfer data from my workstation to my Windows based EC2 instance. Currently I am using remote desktop copy/paste, but that is a drag as I always forget that I have the "data" on my clipboard and that a copy action will hose my transfer. I really do not want to install any software on the host machine or open a a port. Is there anyway for me to upload to S3 and then have the server mount the S3 volume? I really like to be able to do something native to Windows & EC2.

Thanks for your help.

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If you don't care about security you could simply setup FTP. If you wanted to be more secure you could use sFTP (secure FTP) or SCP (Secure Copy).

Not a perfect answer; neither of those options are as simple as you might prefer as they require a bit of setup time.

update: To copy files through RDP you'll need to setup your RDP clinet so you can see your local resources. It's in the Options>Local Resource Tab>Local Devices/Drives area.

You won't be able to naviate to them via command line; you can use xcopy the command line. e.g. xcopy \tsclient\C\FilesToBeCopied*.* C:\DestinationFolder\

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Unfortunately that involves installing software (even if it is just a windows feature) and opening ports, which the op has stated they don't want to do. –  Mark Henderson Oct 6 '10 at 20:31
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If you're connecting via RDP you should be able to do some of the copying via command line which would at least free up your clipboard. –  shiitake Oct 6 '10 at 21:35
    
how can one copy via the command line over RDP? That sounds pretty good to me. –  CLJ Oct 7 '10 at 11:37
    
I am going to accept the updated part of your answer, the first part requires more setup than I wanted. Mapping the drives sounds pretty good, although that would require me to expose a little more of my local system to the amazon cloud that I would like...but I guess all things being equal, its the best choice. –  CLJ Oct 8 '10 at 11:40
    
Thanks! Let me know if it works for you CLJ. –  shiitake Oct 8 '10 at 14:49

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