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Anne-Marie Mongeon

As Devolutions’ marketing coordinator, I’m in charge of the company’s social media and advertising portfolios. I’m also responsible for establishing, maintaining and developing relationships within and beyond the Remote Desktop Manager community. I’m also in charge of the Devolutions blog, which means that I’ll be writing about various topics that, I hope, will be interesting and relevant to community members like you.

How to Automatically Start & Stop Amazon VMs Using Remote Desktop Manager

Hey RDMers!

Earlier this week, renowned Norway-based IT expert Trond Eirik Haavarstein (a.k.a. Eric) posted a great new blog on that outlines how to automatically start and stop Amazon VMs using Remote Desktop Manager.

The blog post including helpful screenshots is available at:

**In summary, here’s what Eric advises: **

  1. Download and install AWS Tools for Windows Powershell, and run it as Administrator.

  2. Create a Start and Stop Powershell script for each Amazon VM with the correct Instance ID. It’s also possible to override the default location from the script.

  3. Set the Post Execution Pause to the desired duration (Eric recommends 90 seconds) and run it as Administrator.

  4. Assign** elastic IPs** to Amazon VMs, otherwise the external IP will change every time the VM is shut down.

And as for the results so far, Eric notes that “This is working really well. The money you’ll save will pay for the Devolutions Remote Desktop Manager license itself”.

We invite all of the members in our community to check out Eric’s great blog It’s FULL of great tips and hacks. We’re big fans or Eric he’s definitely on our “must read” list!

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