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So I just purchased a Windows Server Micro Reserved instance on Amazon EC2. Though now I don't know how to work with it. What DNS does it have, how can I use Remote Desktop to get into it, etc etc.


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Read EC2 Documentation Connect to Your Windows Instance.

Look Public DNS in

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I bought a Reserved Instance which is listed as active. Do I need to create an instance to the reserved instance? – Chiggins Feb 20 '11 at 22:45
No, your instance is already running and will be shown in the AWS Console as illustrated in ooshro's answer. – gareth_bowles Feb 21 '11 at 17:41

You need to right click on the instance and choose get windows password. Then, use your key pair to decrypt the password. Make a note of the password. Ensure that in your security group, port 3389 is open to all connections (

You can connect using RDP then using administrator account and your decrypted password. The server name will be the public DNS name of your instance.

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