Setting up - Amazon FSx for Windows File Server
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Setting up

Before you use Amazon FSx for the first time, complete the following tasks:

Sign up for Amazon

When you sign up for Amazon Web Services (Amazon), your Amazon Web Services account is automatically signed up for all services in Amazon, including Amazon FSx.

If you have an Amazon Web Services account already, skip to the next task. If you don't have an Amazon Web Services account, use the following procedure to create one.

To create an Amazon Web Services account

  1. Open

  2. Follow the online instructions.

    Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a verification code on the phone keypad.

Note your Amazon Web Services account number, because you need it for the next task.

Create an IAM user

Services in Amazon, such as Amazon FSx, require that you provide credentials when you access them, so that the service can determine whether you have permissions to access its resources. Amazon recommends that you don't use the root credentials of your Amazon Web Services account to make requests. Instead, create an Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) user and grant that user full access. We call these users administrator users.

You can use the administrator user credentials, instead of root credentials of your account, to interact with Amazon and perform tasks, such as create users and grant them permissions. For more information, see Root Account Credentials vs. IAM User Credentials in the Amazon General Reference and IAM Best Practices in the IAM User Guide.

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

To create an administrator user for yourself and add the user to an administrators group (console)

  1. Sign in to the IAM console as the account owner by choosing Root user and entering your Amazon Web Services account email address. On the next page, enter your password.


    We strongly recommend that you adhere to the best practice of using the Administrator IAM user that follows and securely lock away the root user credentials. Sign in as the root user only to perform a few account and service management tasks.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Users and then choose Add users.

  3. For User name, enter Administrator.

  4. Select the check box next to Amazon Web Services Management Console access. Then select Custom password, and then enter your new password in the text box.

  5. (Optional) By default, Amazon requires the new user to create a new password when first signing in. You can clear the check box next to User must create a new password at next sign-in to allow the new user to reset their password after they sign in.

  6. Choose Next: Permissions.

  7. Under Set permissions, choose Add user to group.

  8. Choose Create group.

  9. In the Create group dialog box, for Group name enter Administrators.

  10. Choose Filter policies, and then select Amazon managed - job function to filter the table contents.

  11. In the policy list, select the check box for AdministratorAccess. Then choose Create group.


    You must activate IAM user and role access to Billing before you can use the AdministratorAccess permissions to access the Amazon Billing and Cost Management console. To do this, follow the instructions in step 1 of the tutorial about delegating access to the billing console.

  12. Back in the list of groups, select the check box for your new group. Choose Refresh if necessary to see the group in the list.

  13. Choose Next: Tags.

  14. (Optional) Add metadata to the user by attaching tags as key-value pairs. For more information about using tags in IAM, see Tagging IAM entities in the IAM User Guide.

  15. Choose Next: Review to see the list of group memberships to be added to the new user. When you are ready to proceed, choose Create user.

You can use this same process to create more groups and users and to give your users access to your Amazon Web Services account resources. To learn about using policies that restrict user permissions to specific Amazon resources, see Access management and Example policies.

To sign in as this new IAM user, first 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 Web Services 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 Web Services account ID, you can create an account alias. To do so, from the IAM dashboard, choose Create Account Alias and enter an alias, such as your company name. To sign in after you create an account alias, use the following URL.

To verify the sign-in link for IAM users for your account, open the IAM console and check under Amazon Account Alias on the dashboard.

Next step

Getting started with Amazon FSx