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I want to use an Amazon EC2 Windows instance to do remote demos of our software for potential customers. I have the instance set up and it runs fine. When the instance is running, I know how to generate a rdp link to allow customers to remote desktop in and play with our software.

However, I don't want to leave the instance running all the time, as this costs money, and we only need it for 1-2 hour demos per week.

What would be nice, is if the customer could click something on our website, and that would send a command to the EC2 to start the instance, and then give the rdp link file to the customer.

My question: is it possibly to remotely start a EC2 instance? Or is the only way to do this to manually log into the aws site and click 'start'?

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up vote 3 down vote accepted

Yes., Actions -> StartInstances.

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Thanks for that – Sugrue Jul 29 '11 at 19:31

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