Identity and Access Management for Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling - Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling
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Identity and Access Management for Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling

Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) is an Amazon Web Service that helps an administrator securely control access to Amazon resources. IAM administrators control who can be authenticated (signed in) and authorized (have permissions) to use Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling resources. IAM is an Amazon Web Service that you can use with no additional charge.

To use Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling, you need an Amazon Web Services account and your specific user credentials for signing into your account. For more information, see the IAM User Guide.

After your account is set up, you will need to obtain your Amazon access keys if you want to access Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling through its API, whether by the Query (HTTPS) interface directly or indirectly through an SDK, the Amazon Command Line Interface, or the Amazon Tools for Windows PowerShell. Amazon access keys consist of an access key ID and a secret access key. For more information about getting your Amazon access keys, see Amazon security credentials in the Amazon General Reference.

Access control

You can have valid credentials to authenticate your requests, but unless you have permissions you cannot create or access Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling resources. For example, you must have permissions to create Auto Scaling groups, create launch configurations, and so on.

The following sections provide details on how an IAM administrator can use IAM to help secure your Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling resources, by controlling who can perform Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling actions.

We recommend that you read the Amazon EC2 topics first. See Identity and access management for Amazon EC2 in the Amazon EC2 User Guide for Linux Instances. After reading the topics in this section, you should have a good idea what access control permissions Amazon EC2 offers and how they can fit in with your Amazon EC2 Auto Scaling resource permissions.