Using Amazon Snow Device Management to Manage Devices - Amazon Snowball Edge Developer Guide
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Using Amazon Snow Device Management to Manage Devices

Amazon Snow Device Management allows you to manage your Snow Family device and local Amazon services remotely. All Snow Family devices support Snow Device Management, and it comes preinstalled on new devices in most Amazon Web Services Regions where Snow Family devices are available.

You can order a new device installed with Snow Device Management in the following ways:

  • When you order a new Snow Family device from the Amazon Web Services Management Console, you specify which state Snow Device Management is in when the device arrives. Snow Device Management can be installed in the following states:

    • INSTALLED_ONLY – Snow Device Management is installed but not activated.

    • INSTALLED_AUTOSTART – Snow Device Management is installed, and the device attempts to connect to its Amazon Web Services Region when it is powered on.

  • When you order a new Snow Family device through the Amazon Command Line Interface (Amazon CLI) or an Amazon SDK, you use the --remote-management parameter to specify the INSTALLED_ONLY or INSTALLED_AUTOSTART states when running the create-job command. If you don't specify a value for this parameter, Snow Device Management defaults to INSTALLED_ONLY for supported devices.

    Note

    It is not possible to order a new Snow Family device without preinstalled Snow Device Management feature artifacts. The NOT_INSTALLED state exists only to identify devices that don't support the feature or that were already in the field before its launch. If you don't want to use Snow Device Management, set it to the INSTALLED_ONLY state.

    Snow Device Management can't be added to a Snow Family device that is already deployed in the field. To use Snow Device Management, you must order a new device with the feature preinstalled.

The following example shows the syntax for the --remote-management parameter, in addition to other parameters that you might include for a typical create-job command. For more information, see Job Management API Reference in the "Amazon Snow Family API Reference" guide.

Command

aws snowball create-job \ --job-type IMPORT \ --remote-management INSTALLED_AUTOSTART --device-configuration '{"SnowconeDeviceConfiguration": {"WirelessConnection": {"IsWifiEnabled": false} } }' \ --resources '{"S3Resources":[{"BucketArn":"arn:aws:s3:::bucket-name"}]}' \ --description "Description here" \ --address-id ADID00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000 \ --kms-key-arn arn:aws:kms:us-west-2:111122223333:key/1234abcd-12ab-34cd-56ef-1234567890ab \ --role-arn arn:aws:iam::000000000000:role/SnowconeImportGamma \ --snowball-capacity-preference T8 \ --shipping-option NEXT_DAY \ --snowball-type SNC1_HDD \ --region us-west-2 \

Managing devices remotely

If you specified INSTALLED_AUTOSTART for Snow Device Management during the job order, the feature is ready to use immediately when your Snow Family device arrives and is powered on for the first time.

If you specified INSTALLED_ONLY when ordering your device, you must change the feature state to INSTALLED_AUTOSTART before the device can call back to its Amazon Web Services Region to enable remote management. You can enable Snow Device Management at any time after you receive and unlock your device.

Enabling Snow Device Management

Follow this procedure to enable Snow Device Management using the Snowball Edge CLI.

Note

This procedure requires the Snowball Edge client. Make sure you've installed the latest Snowball Edge client before you proceed. For more information, see Downloading and Installing the Snowball Client.

To enable Snow Device Management on your device

  1. To download the manifest file for the job from Amazon, use the following command. Replace placeholder values with your information.

    Command

    aws snowball get-job-manifest --job-id JID970A5018-F8KE-4D06-9F7B-335C1C7221E4

    Output

    { "ManifestURI": "https://awsie-frosty-manifests-prod.s3.us-east-1.amazonaws.com/JID970A5018-F8KE-4D06-9F7B-335C1C7221E4_manifest.bin" }
  2. To download the unlock code for the job from Amazon, use the following command. Replace placeholder values with your information.

    Command

    aws snowball get-job-unlock-code --job-id JID970A5018-F8KE-4D06-9F7B-335C1C7221E4

    Output

    { "UnlockCode": "7c0e1-bab84-f7675-0a2b6-f8k33" }
  3. Use a compatible power adapter to power your device and turn it on. Then connect the device to your network using an Ethernet cable or a Wi-Fi connection. For more information, see Amazon Snowcone Power Supply and Accessories.

  4. Make note of the local IP address shown on the device’s display. You'll need this IP address for the next steps. This IP address is either obtained automatically through DHCP or statically configured.

  5. To unlock the device, use the following command. Replace placeholder values with your information. For the --endpoint parameter, specify the device local IP address you noted previously.

    Command

    snowballEdge unlock-device --manifest-file JID1717d8cc-2dc9-4e68-aa46-63a3ad7927d2_manifest.bin --unlock-code 7c0e1-bab84-f7675-0a2b6-f8k33 --endpoint https://10.186.0.56:9091

    Output

    Your Snowball Edge device is unlocking. You may determine the unlock state of your device using the describe-device command. Your Snowball Edge device will be available for use when it is in the UNLOCKED state.
  6. (Optional) To describe the features of the device, use the following command. Replace placeholder values with your information. For the --endpoint parameter, specify the device local IP address you noted previously.

    Command

    snowballEdge describe-features --manifest-file JID1717d8cc-2dc9-4e68-aa46-63a3ad7927d2_manifest.bin --unlock-code 7c0e1-bab84-f7675-0a2b6-f8k33 --endpoint https://10.186.0.56:9091

    Output

    { "RemoteManagementState" : "INSTALLED_ONLY" }
  7. To enable Snow Device Management, use the following command. Replace placeholder values with your information. For the --endpoint parameter, specify the device local IP address you noted previously.

    Command

    snowballEdge set-features --remote-management-state INSTALLED_AUTOSTART --manifest-file JID1717d8cc-2dc9-4e68-aa46-63a3ad7927d2_manifest.bin --unlock-code 7c0e1-bab84-f7675-0a2b6-f8k33 --endpoint https://10.186.0.56:9091

    Output

    { "RemoteManagementState" : "INSTALLED_AUTOSTART" }
  8. On the Amazon Web Services account from which the device was ordered, create an Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM) role, and add the following policy to the role. Then, assign the role to the IAM user who will log in to remotely manage your device with Snow Device Management. For more information, see Creating IAM roles and Creating an IAM user in your Amazon Web Services account.

    Policy

    { "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "snow-device-management:ListDevices", "snow-device-management:DescribeDevice", "snow-device-management:DescribeDeviceEc2Instances", "snow-device-management:ListDeviceResources", "snow-device-management:CreateTask", "snow-device-management:ListTasks", "snow-device-management:DescribeTask", "snow-device-management:CancelTask", "snow-device-management:DescribeExecution", "snow-device-management:ListExecutions", "snow-device-management:ListTagsForResource", "snow-device-management:TagResource", "snow-device-management:UntagResource" ], "Resource": "*" } ] }