Create an IAM user - Amazon Directory Service
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Create an IAM user

The Amazon Web Services Management Console requires your username and password so that the service can determine whether you have permission to access its resources. However, we recommend that you avoid accessing Amazon using the credentials for your root Amazon account; instead, we recommend that you use Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) to create an IAM user and add the IAM user to an IAM group with administrative permissions. This grants the IAM user administrative permissions. You then access the Amazon Web Services Management Console using the credentials for the IAM user.

If you signed up for Amazon but have not created an IAM user for yourself, you can create one using the IAM console.

Secure IAM users

After you sign up for an Amazon Web Services account, safeguard your administrative user by turning on multi-factor authentication (MFA). For instructions, see Enable a virtual MFA device for an IAM user (console) in the IAM User Guide.

To give other users access to your Amazon Web Services account resources, create IAM users. To secure your IAM users, turn on MFA and only give the IAM users the permissions needed to perform their tasks.

For more information about creating and securing IAM users, see the following topics in the IAM User Guide:

To sign in as this new IAM user, sign out of the Amazon Web Services Management Console, then use the following URL, where your_aws_account_id is your Amazon account number without the hyphens (for example, if your Amazon account number is 1234-5678-9012, your Amazon account ID is 123456789012):

Enter the IAM user name and password that you just created. When you're signed in, the navigation bar displays "your_user_name @ your_aws_account_id".

If you don't want the URL for your sign-in page to contain your Amazon account ID, you can create an account alias. From the IAM dashboard, click Customize and enter an alias, such as your company name. To sign in after you create an account alias, use the following URL:

For more information about using IAM policies to control access to your Amazon Directory Service resources, see Using identity-based policies (IAM policies) for Amazon Directory Service.