Connect to ECS instance | using Workbench

Connection methods


You can use a variety of methods to connect to an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance, such as Workbench, Virtual Computing Console (VNC) and third-party client tools. You can choose a method to connect to your instance based on the operating system of your instance, the operating system of your device, and the operations that you want to perform.


For more information, please check the official documentation.

Connect to an instance by using Workbench



Connect to a Linux instance by using a password or key


Workbench allows multiple users to connect to a single Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance at the same time and provides a GUI for users to manage files in Linux instances. Workbench is more efficient and convenient than Virtual Network Console (VNC).

Prerequisites
A logon password is set for or a key pair is bound to the Linux instance to which you want to connect.
The instance is in the Running state.
Security group rules are added to allow the IP addresses related to the Workbench service to access the instance. For more information about the security group rules, see the Add security group rules to allow Workbench access to a Linux instance section.
Background information
By default, a Workbench remote session persists for 6 hours. If you do not perform operations for 6 hours, the remote connection is closed. You must reconnect to the instance.

Workbench can be used to connect to ECS instances over one of the following protocols:
SSH: By default, Linux instances are connected by using SSH. SSH can also be used to connect to Windows instances on which a GNU-like system such as Cygwin is installed. For information about how to connect to a Linux instance over SSH, see the Connect to a Linux instance over SSH section.
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP): By default, Windows instances are connected by using RDP. RDP can also be used to connect to Linux instances on which remote desktop services are enabled. For information about how to connect to a Linux instance over RDP, see the Connect to a Linux instance over RDP section.

For more information, please check the official documentation.


Use Workbench to manage files in a Linux instance




Workbench provides a GUI for you to manage files in Elastic Compute Service (ECS) Linux instances in a visual manner. This topic describes how to use Workbench to view, add, delete, and modify files in a Linux instance.

Prerequisites
A Linux instance is connected by using Workbench.
View files
In the left part of the top navigation bar, choose File > New Navigator.

For more information, please check the official documentation.

Connect to a Windows instance by using a password or key


Workbench allows multiple users to connect to a single Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance at the same time. Workbench is more efficient and convenient than Virtual Network Console (VNC).

Prerequisites
A logon password or a key is configured for the Windows instance to which you want to connect.
Note The ECS console cannot be used to bind key pairs to Windows instances. If you want to use a key to log on to a Windows instance, you can enable the sshd service (such as Cygwin SSHD or WinSSHD in Windows) and configure a key on the instance. For more information about how to enable the sshd service in Windows, see Get started with OpenSSH.
The instance is in the Running state.
Security group rules are added to allow the IP addresses related to the Workbench service to access the instance. For more information, see Add security group rules to allow Workbench access to a Windows instance.
Background information
By default, a Workbench remote session persists for 6 hours. If you do not perform operations for 6 hours, the remote connection is closed. You must reconnect to the instance.

Workbench can be used to connect to ECS instances over one of the following protocols:
Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP): By default, Windows instances are connected by using RDP. RDP can also be used to connect to Linux instances on which remote desktop services are enabled. For information about how to connect to a Windows instance over RDP, see the Connect to a Windows instance over RDP section.

For more information, please check the official documentation.



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