AWS Setup and Configuration

  1. Setup and Configuration
  2. User Setup
  3. Browser Desktop Connection Protocols (Web CFDDFC only)
  4. Browser Desktop Free Licence (Web CFDDFC only)
  5. Service Quotas
Information before Launching an Instance
AWS Setup | Launch in the Console | Launch with the CLI ]

Problem with these instructions? Please send a CFDDFC Support Query.


The following instructions are only required if you plan to use Web CFD Direct From the Cloud (CFDDFC®), which includes the remote desktop accessed through a web browser. The remote desktop is provided by NICE DCV which is provided free with Amazon EC2. AWS provides the free licence by detecting whether the instance can access a particular S3 bucket. The instance must therefore include an attached IAM role (instance policy), containing a policy to access the relevant S3 bucket. The role and policy require a one-time configuration as described below.

IAM Policy

  • Start from the Identity and Access Management (IAM) console.
  • Select Policies and click Create Policy.
  • Click the JSON tab and paste the following policy rule:
        "Version": "2012-10-17",
        "Statement": [ 
                "Effect": "Allow",
                "Action": "s3:GetObject",
                "Resource": "arn:aws:s3:::dcv-license.*/*"
  • Click Next: Tags, then Next: Review
  • Under Name, enter CFDDFC-Web.
  • Click Create Policy.

IAM Role

  • In the IAM console, select Roles and click Create Role.
  • Check AWS Service under Trusted Entity Type and EC2 under Use Case.
  • Click Next to go to Add Permissions.
  • Search for the CFDDFC-Web permission, and check it to select.
  • Click Next and enter CFDDFC-Web as the role name.
  • Click Create Role.

Next Step → Service Quotas