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AWS OpsWorks
User Guide (API Version 2013-02-18)

Step 1: Complete the Prerequisites

You must complete the following setup steps before you can start the walkthrough. These setup steps include signing up for an AWS account, creating an IAM user in your AWS account, and assigning the IAM user access permissions to AWS OpsWorks Stacks.

Step 1.1: Sign up for an AWS Account

In this step, you will sign up for an AWS account. If you already have an AWS account that you want to use for this walkthrough, you can skip ahead to Step 1.2: Create an IAM User in Your AWS Account.

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

To sign up for AWS

  1. Open https://aws.amazon.com/ and choose Create an AWS Account.

  2. Follow the online instructions.

Step 1.2: Create an IAM User in Your AWS Account

Use your AWS account to create an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) user. You use an IAM user to access the AWS OpsWorks Stacks service. (We don't recommend that you use your AWS account to access AWS OpsWorks Stacks directly. Doing so is generally less secure and can make it more difficult for you to troubleshoot service access issues later.) If you already have an IAM user that you want to use for this walkthrough, you can skip ahead to Step 1.3: Assign Service Access Permissions to Your IAM User.

To create an IAM user, see Creating IAM Users (AWS Management Console). For this walkthrough, we will refer to the user as OpsWorksDemoUser. However, you can use a different name.

Step 1.3: Assign Service Access Permissions to Your IAM User

Set up your IAM user to enable access to the AWS OpsWorks Stacks service (and related services that AWS OpsWorks Stacks relies on).

To assign service access permissions to your IAM user, see Attaching Managed Policies. Attach the AWSOpsWorksFullAccess and AmazonS3FullAccess policies to the user you created in the previous step or to the existing IAM user that you want to use.

You have now completed all of the setup steps and can start this walkthrough.