Amazon Workspace FAQ

What is an Amazon Workspace?

An Amazon Workspace is a cloud-based virtual desktop that can act as a replacement for a traditional desktop allowing a user to perform day-to-day tasks just like using a traditional desktop. Bowdoin College has created and provides Amazon Workspaces as an option for faculty and students to access Microsoft Windows-based computer lab software on home or personal computers.

How do I request access to an Amazon Workspace?

Faculty should use the link here to request that Amazon Workspaces be generated for their students. 

How can a Workspace be accessed?

A Workspace can be accessed on any computer or iPad by installing the Amazon Workspace application. A user can download more than one version of the application (i.e. iPad and Windows, or iPad and MacOS). The Workspace application can be downloaded here.  Amazon Workspaces can also be accessed via the web. 

Will I need a VPN to use a Workspace?

No, you do not need the VPN to connect to a workspace or to access Bowdoin resources. The Workspaces are connected to the Bowdoin network.  Students can access the Home drive and other Microwave spaces from within the Workspace.

Can I save file in the Workspace?

You can save to the workspace but storage is limited to 10GB.  Files saved to the workspace will remain there throughout the semester, but will be removed at the end of the semester. Its suggested that you save files in OneDrive. 

What applications are available on a Workspace?

Each workspace has the same applications as our Bowdoin Lab Image. For a list of applications please look here. If you need to use software that isn't listed you may be able to connect to remote lab computers on campus here

Is the software up to date on a Workspace?

Yes, the Workspaces reflect the latest Bowdoin computer lab image, and are updated on the same schedule as the labs.​​​​​​​


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