Working with Distributor - Amazon Systems Manager
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Working with Distributor

You can use the Amazon Systems Manager console, Amazon command line tools (Amazon CLI and Amazon Tools for PowerShell), and Amazon SDKs to add, manage, or deploy packages in Distributor. Distributor is a capability of Amazon Systems Manager. Before you add a package to Distributor:

  • Create and zip installable assets.

  • (Optional) Create a JSON manifest file for the package. This isn't required to use the Simple package creation process in the Distributor console. Simple package creation generates a JSON manifest file for you.

    You can use the Amazon Systems Manager console or a text or JSON editor to create the manifest file.

  • Have an Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) bucket ready to store your installable assets or software. If you're using the Advanced package creation process, upload your assets to the Amazon S3 bucket before you begin.


    You can delete or repurpose this bucket after you finish creating your package because Distributor moves the package contents to an internal Systems Manager bucket as part of the package creation process.

Amazon published packages are already packaged and ready for deployment. To deploy an Amazon-published package to managed nodes, see Install or update packages.

You can share Distributor packages between Amazon Web Services accounts. When using a package shared from another account in Amazon CLI commands use the package Amazon Resource Name (ARN) instead of the package name.