How to Launce and Remote access Amazon Mac EC2 instance

EC2 Mac Connect with Remote access

In this blog, we are focusing more on connecting Mac instance from any OS in using remote desktop, I will write less about launching Mac instance because there is a good guide on AWS document

First of all, to launch the mac instance, you have to allocate a Dedicated host, but there is a problem, by default limit of a Dedicated host is 0 so you have to contact AWS support and tell them to increase the dedicated host limit

for launching Mac instance follow this AWS guide

also, add SSH while configuring a security group in launch time of instance

after you successfully launched the mac instance now connect it with SSH and follow the below steps

step one: Set up a password for the ec2-user account using the passwd command as follows.

[ec2-user ~]$ sudo passwd ec2-user

step two: Start the Apple Remote Desktop agent and enable remote desktop access as follows.

[ec2-user ~]$ sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/RemoteManagement/ \ -activate -configure -access -on \ -restart -agent -privs -all

Step three: From your computer, connect to your instance using the following ssh command. In addition to the options shown in the previous section, use the -L option to enable port forwarding and forward all traffic on local port 5900 to the ARD server on the instance.

ssh -L 5900:localhost:5900 -i /path/my-key-pair.pem ec2-user@my-instance-public-dns-name

step four:

download VNC Viewer from here for your operating system or use build-in screen sharing if you are using mac os

now open VNC or any other ARD you have

write localhost in address for the host

EC2 Mac Connect with Remote access

Log in as prompted, using ec2-user as the user name and the password that you created for the ec2-user account in step one

there you go,

EC2 Mac Connect with Remote access

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