AWS System Manager


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AWS Systems Manager
AWS Systems Manager Documentation

AWS Systems Manager gives you visibility and control of your infrastructure on AWS. Systems Manager provides a unified user interface so you can view operational data from multiple AWS services and allows you to automate operational tasks across your AWS resources. With Systems Manager, you can group resources, like Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon EKS clusters, Amazon S3 buckets, or Amazon RDS instances, by application, view operational data for monitoring and troubleshooting, implement pre-approved change work flows, and audit operational changes for your groups of resources. Systems Manager simplifies resource and application management, shortens the time to detect and resolve operational problems, and makes it easy to operate and manage your infrastructure securely at scale.

AWS Systems Manager (formerly known as SSM) is an AWS service that you can use to view and control your infrastructure on AWS. Using the Systems Manager console, you can view operational data from multiple AWS services and automate operational tasks across your AWS resources. Systems Manager helps you maintain security and compliance by scanning your managed instances and reporting on (or taking corrective action on) any policy violations it detects.

A managed instance is a machine that has been configured for use with Systems Manager. Systems Manager also helps you configure and maintain your managed instances. Supported machine types include Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, on-premises servers, and virtual machines (VMs), including VMs in other cloud environments. Supported operating system types include Windows Server, macOS, Raspbian, and multiple distributions of Linux,.

Using Systems Manager, you can associate AWS resources together by applying the same identifying resource tag to each of them. You can then view operational data for these resources as a resource group, to help monitor and troubleshoot.

Application Management

Application Management

Application Manager

AWS Systems Manager Application Manager

Resource Groups

Resource Groups in AWS Systems Manager

Parameter Store

AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store

AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store provides secure, hierarchical storage for configuration data management and secrets management. You can store data such as passwords, database strings, Amazon Machine Image (AMI) IDs, and license codes as parameter values. You can store values as plain text or encrypted data. You can reference Systems Manager parameters in your scripts, commands, SSM documents, and configuration and automation workflows by using the unique name that you specified when you created the parameter.

To implement password rotation lifecycles, use AWS Secrets Manager. Secrets Manager allows you to easily rotate, manage, and retrieve database credentials, API keys, and other secrets throughout their lifecycle. For more information, see What is AWS Secrets Manager? in the AWS Secrets Manager Userguide.

How can Parameter Store benefit my organization?
Parameter Store offers these benefits:

  • You can use a secure, scalable, hosted secrets management service with no servers to manage.
  • Improve your security posture by separating your data from your code.
  • Store configuration data and encrypted strings in hierarchies and track versions.
  • Control and audit access at granular levels.

Who should use Parameter Store?

  • Any AWS customer who wants to have a centralized way to manage configuration data.
  • Software developers who want to easily store different logins and reference streams.
  • Administrators who want to be notified when changes have or have not been made to secrets and passwords.