Free Cloud Desktop Maintenance

Once setup, there are a few things you need to do to maintain your Free Cloud Desktop. Also, see the Free Linux Cloud Desktop FAQ for more information.

For a variety of reasons, it is a good idea to Reboot your desktop periodically, directly from the AWS Console.  This does a number of helpful things to keep your Free Cloud Desktop in good shape for running well. While you can restart the Cloud Desktop from the Desktop itself or the Command Prompt in the newer versions, as this is run in a cloud configuration, you should do this from the AWS Console to reboot entirely.

Critical Security Updates

You should also check for security udpates frequently. The command line is a great way to dispatch this.

  1. Launch a Terminal Session from the Desktop       Linux Terminal Session Cloud Desktop
  2. From the Command Line issue the following commands one at a time providing your password as prompted
    1. sudo apt-get update (let complete and validate update completed successfully)
    2. sudo apt-get upgrade
    3. sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    4. sudo update-manager

You can also manage updates via the desktop under System/Administration/Software Updater. Just follow the instructions. You should also familiarize yourself with the features and settings under System/Administration/Software and Updates and keep them up to date.

To Reboot Your Desktop from the AWS Console:

  •  Login to AWS
  • On the Instance Page, Select the Instance
  • Select Instance State/Reboot from the Actions Drop Down
AWS EC2 Management Console Instance Window

AWS EC2 Management Console Instance Window


Shutting down and restarting the instance is similar. Just select the instance as above and select Instance State/Stop. Wait for the Instance State value to display “stopped”.  Then select Instance State/Start and wait for the Status to be “2/2 checks passed”. Then you should have a very fresh running Free Cloud Desktop.

See also:

FAQ/Reboot and Shutdown