Setting up - Amazon MemoryDB for Redis
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Setting up

Following, you can find topics that describe the one-time actions you must take to start using MemoryDB.

Create your Amazon account

Sign up for an Amazon Web Services account

If you do not have an Amazon Web Services account, use the following procedure to create one.

To sign up for Amazon Web Services
  1. Open and choose Sign Up.

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Amazon sends you a confirmation email after the sign-up process is complete. At any time, you can view your current account activity and manage your account by going to and choosing My Account.

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:

Grant programmatic access

Users need programmatic access if they want to interact with Amazon outside of the Amazon Web Services Management Console. The Amazon APIs and the Amazon Command Line Interface require access keys. Whenever possible, create temporary credentials that consist of an access key ID, a secret access key, and a security token that indicates when the credentials expire.

To grant users programmatic access, choose one of the following options.

Which user needs programmatic access? To By
IAM Use short-term credentials to sign programmatic requests to the Amazon CLI or Amazon APIs (directly or by using the Amazon SDKs). Following the instructions in Using temporary credentials with Amazon resources in the IAM User Guide.

(Not recommended)

Use long-term credentials to sign programmatic requests to the Amazon CLI or Amazon APIs (directly or by using the Amazon SDKs).
Following the instructions in Managing access keys for IAM users in the IAM User Guide.
Related topics:

Set up your permissions (new MemoryDB users only)

To provide access, add permissions to your users, groups, or roles:

MemoryDB for Redis creates and uses service-linked roles to provision resources and access other Amazon resources and services on your behalf. For MemoryDB to create a service-linked role for you, use the Amazon-managed policy named AmazonMemoryDBFullAccess. This role comes preprovisioned with permission that the service requires to create a service-linked role on your behalf.

You might decide not to use the default policy and instead to use a custom-managed policy. In this case, make sure that you have either permissions to call iam:createServiceLinkedRole or that you have created the MemoryDB service-linked role.

For more information, see the following:

Downloading and Configuring the Amazon CLI

The Amazon CLI is available at It runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux. After you download the Amazon CLI, follow these steps to install and configure it: