Amazon Resource Explorer configuration - Amazon Systems Manager
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Amazon Resource Explorer configuration

With Quick Setup, a capability of Amazon Systems Manager, you can quickly configure Amazon Resource Explorer to search and discover resources in your Amazon Web Services account or across an entire Amazon organization. You can search for your resources using metadata like names, tags, and IDs. Amazon Resource Explorer provides fast responses to your search queries by using indexes. Resource Explorer creates and maintains indexes using a variety of data sources to gather information about resources in your Amazon Web Services account.

Quick Setup for Resource Explorer automates the index configuration process. For more information about Amazon Resource Explorer, see What is Amazon Resource Explorer? in the Amazon Resource Explorer User Guide.

During Quick Setup, Resource Explorer does the following:

  • Creates an index in every Amazon Web Services Region in your Amazon Web Services account.

  • Updates the index in the Region you specify to be the aggregator index for the account.

  • Creates a default view in the aggregator index Region. This view has no filters so it returns all resources found in the index.

Minimum permissions

To perform the steps in the following procedure, you must have the following permissions:

  • Action: resource-explorer-2:*Resource: no specific resource (*)

  • Action: iam:CreateServiceLinkedRoleResource: no specific resource (*)

To configure Resource Explorer
  1. Open the Amazon Systems Manager console at

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Quick Setup.


    If the Amazon Systems Manager home page opens first, choose the menu icon ( 
    The menu icon
  ) to open the navigation pane, and then choose Quick Setup in the navigation pane.

  3. Choose a home Region and then choose Get started.

  4. On the Resource Explorer card, choose Create.

  5. In the Aggregator Index Region section, choose which Region you want to contain the aggregator index. You should select the Region that is appropriate for the geographic location for your users.

  6. (Optional) Select the Replace existing aggregator indexes in Regions other than the one selected above check box.

  7. In the Targets section, choose the target organization or specific Organizational Units (OUs) containing the resources you want to discover.

  8. In the Regions section, choose which Regions to include in the configuration.

  9. Review the configuration summary, and then choose Create.

On the Resource Explorer page, you can monitor the configuration status.