Getting started with Amazon Backup - Amazon Backup
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Getting started with Amazon Backup

This tutorial shows you the generic steps for using Amazon Backup features and functionality. As with any part of this technical documentation, you should follow along with the Amazon Management Console in the other window.

You can also learn how to use Amazon Backup with a specific service by reading these tutorials:


Before you begin, ensure that you have the following:

  • An Amazon Web Services account. For more information, see Setting up Amazon for the first time.

  • At least one resource supported by Amazon Backup.

  • You should be familiar with the Amazon services and resources that you are backing up. See the list of supported Amazon resources and third-party applications.

    When new Amazon services become available, enable Amazon Backup to use those services.

    To configure the Amazon services to use with Amazon Backup
    1. Sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console, and open the Amazon Backup console at

    2. In the navigation pane, choose Settings.

    3. On the Service opt-in page, choose Configure resources.

    4. On the Configure resources page, use the toggle switches to enable or disable the services that are used with Amazon Backup. Choose Confirm when your services are configured. Make sure that the Amazon service you're opting in is available in your Amazon Web Services Region.

    See Assigning resources to a backup plan for additional information. The Amazon Backup console allows a user to assign a resource type to a backup plan; this will be included even if the opt-in is not enabled for that particular service.

  • Make sure that the resources you're backing up are all in the same Amazon Web Services Region.

To complete this tutorial, you can use your Amazon Web Services account root user to sign in to the Amazon Web Services Management Console. However, Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) recommends that you not use the Amazon Web Services account root user. Instead, create an administrator in your account and use those credentials to manage resources in your account. For more information, see Setting up Amazon for the first time.

The Amazon Backup console provides different options to back up your resources. You can create a backup on-demand, schedule and configure how you want the resource backed up, or configure resources to back up automatically when the resource is created.