PutRemediationExceptions - Amazon Config
Services or capabilities described in Amazon Web Services documentation might vary by Region. To see the differences applicable to the China Regions, see Getting Started with Amazon Web Services in China (PDF).


A remediation exception is when a specified resource is no longer considered for auto-remediation. This API adds a new exception or updates an existing exception for a specified resource with a specified Amazon Config rule.


Exceptions block auto remediation

Amazon Config generates a remediation exception when a problem occurs running a remediation action for a specified resource. Remediation exceptions blocks auto-remediation until the exception is cleared.


Manual remediation is recommended when placing an exception

When placing an exception on an Amazon resource, it is recommended that remediation is set as manual remediation until the given Amazon Config rule for the specified resource evaluates the resource as NON_COMPLIANT. Once the resource has been evaluated as NON_COMPLIANT, you can add remediation exceptions and change the remediation type back from Manual to Auto if you want to use auto-remediation. Otherwise, using auto-remediation before a NON_COMPLIANT evaluation result can delete resources before the exception is applied.


Exceptions can only be performed on non-compliant resources

Placing an exception can only be performed on resources that are NON_COMPLIANT. If you use this API for COMPLIANT resources or resources that are NOT_APPLICABLE, a remediation exception will not be generated. For more information on the conditions that initiate the possible Amazon Config evaluation results, see Concepts | Amazon Config Rules in the Amazon Config Developer Guide.


Auto remediation can be initiated even for compliant resources

If you enable auto remediation for a specific Amazon Config rule using the PutRemediationConfigurations API or the Amazon Config console, it initiates the remediation process for all non-compliant resources for that specific rule. The auto remediation process relies on the compliance data snapshot which is captured on a periodic basis. Any non-compliant resource that is updated between the snapshot schedule will continue to be remediated based on the last known compliance data snapshot.

This means that in some cases auto remediation can be initiated even for compliant resources, since the bootstrap processor uses a database that can have stale evaluation results based on the last known compliance data snapshot.

Request Syntax

{ "ConfigRuleName": "string", "ExpirationTime": number, "Message": "string", "ResourceKeys": [ { "ResourceId": "string", "ResourceType": "string" } ] }

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


The name of the Amazon Config rule for which you want to create remediation exception.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 128.

Pattern: .*\S.*

Required: Yes


The exception is automatically deleted after the expiration date.

Type: Timestamp

Required: No


The message contains an explanation of the exception.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 1024.

Required: No


An exception list of resource exception keys to be processed with the current request. Amazon Config adds exception for each resource key. For example, Amazon Config adds 3 exceptions for 3 resource keys.

Type: Array of RemediationExceptionResourceKey objects

Array Members: Minimum number of 1 item. Maximum number of 100 items.

Required: Yes

Response Syntax

{ "FailedBatches": [ { "FailedItems": [ { "ConfigRuleName": "string", "ExpirationTime": number, "Message": "string", "ResourceId": "string", "ResourceType": "string" } ], "FailureMessage": "string" } ] }

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in JSON format by the service.


Returns a list of failed remediation exceptions batch objects. Each object in the batch consists of a list of failed items and failure messages.

Type: Array of FailedRemediationExceptionBatch objects


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


Indicates one of the following errors:

  • For PutConfigRule, the rule cannot be created because the IAM role assigned to Amazon Config lacks permissions to perform the config:Put* action.

  • For PutConfigRule, the Amazon Lambda function cannot be invoked. Check the function ARN, and check the function's permissions.

  • For PutOrganizationConfigRule, organization Amazon Config rule cannot be created because you do not have permissions to call IAM GetRole action or create a service-linked role.

  • For PutConformancePack and PutOrganizationConformancePack, a conformance pack cannot be created because you do not have the following permissions:

    • You do not have permission to call IAM GetRole action or create a service-linked role.

    • You do not have permission to read Amazon S3 bucket or call SSM:GetDocument.

HTTP Status Code: 400


One or more of the specified parameters are not valid. Verify that your parameters are valid and try again.

HTTP Status Code: 400

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific Amazon SDKs, see the following: