Connecting to Your Windows Instance

You connect to a running Windows instance using Remote Desktop.

Before You Begin

  • You know the public IP¬†address and initial password of your instance, see Launching a Windows Instance.
  • You have Remote Desktop installed.
  • This topic describes how to connect to the instance you create in this tutorial. To connect to an instance created by someone else, ask that person to add you to the instance (see Adding Users to an Instance).

Connecting to Your Windows Instance from a Remote Desktop Client

  1. Open the Remote Desktop client.
  2. In the Computer field, enter the public IP address that you retrieved from the Console.

  3. The User name is opc. Depending on the Remote Desktop client you are using, you might have to connect to the instance before you can enter this credential.
  4. Click Connect to start the session.

  5. Accept the certificate if you are prompted to do so.

  6. Enter the initial password that you retrieved from the Console. You will be prompted to change the password as soon as you log in.

    Your new password must be at least 12 characters long and must comply with Microsoft's password policy.

  7. Press Enter.

Running Administrative Tasks on the Instance

The default user, opc, has administrative privileges.

What's Next

Now that you've got an instance and have successfully connected to it, consider the following next steps:

If you're having trouble connecting, see Troubleshooting the SSH Connection.