I need to perform QA testing for Windows based applications on a Windows desktop client and I would like to know if EC2 supports Windows images that are NOT server based (e.g. Server 2003). I have searched and found many posts that suggest that Amazon does not have desktop clients on their roadmap, but nothing definitive from Amazon themselves.

If EC2 does not support desktop installations of Windows, is there a service out that that does?


  • Must it be in the cloud? Do you have any reasons to not use something like ESXi or VMWare Player? – Ben Pilbrow Oct 13 '10 at 22:15
  • No reason other than a slant towards a cloud based solution so I did not have to worry about licensing. – QWade Oct 13 '10 at 22:40

I would suspect the answer will be no, because Amazon S3 has to use SPLA licensing for their windows installs and Desktop OS's are not available on SPLA. I would suggest some sort of local virtualisation and an MSDN licence.

  • that is an option, I was just hoping for something in the cloud... thanks for taking the time to answer my question. – QWade Oct 13 '10 at 22:40

Bit late to this, but google 'hens teeth cross browser' they provide community Windows AMIs but only in US east region.

  • Sounds like a good idea, but does not work in fact. The instance does not generate password. – Antonio Apr 4 '13 at 10:44
  • Does not generate password not sure I understand what you mean here? – Lloyd Watkin Apr 4 '13 at 14:10
  • I waited for 1 hour, but was not able to get a password to connect to the an instance using RDC – Antonio Apr 4 '13 at 16:15
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    Manual says password is 'administrator' hens-teeth.net/html/products/cross_browser_testing.php – Lloyd Watkin Apr 4 '13 at 20:19

What you can do is to run VMware Workstation on a Windows/Linux machine (dedicated server). Your users can log into the Vmwares via VNC. This way you keep the test machines itself undre your control.


try these guys http://www.flexiant.com/

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