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What are the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell?

The AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell are a set of PowerShell cmdlets that are built on the functionality exposed by the AWS SDK for .NET. The AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell enable you to script operations on your AWS resources from the PowerShell command line. Although the cmdlets are implemented using the service clients and methods from the SDK, the cmdlets provide an idiomatic PowerShell experience for specifying parameters and handling results. For example, the cmdlets for the Tools for Windows PowerShell support PowerShell pipelining—that is, you can pipeline PowerShell objects both into and out of the cmdlets.

The AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell are flexible in how they enable you to handle credentials including support for the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) infrastructure; you can use the tools with IAM user credentials, temporary security tokens, and IAM roles.

The AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell support the same set of services and regions as supported by the SDK.

How to Use this Guide

The guide is divided into the following major sections:

Setting up the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell
This section explains how to install the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell. It also covers how to sign up for AWS if you don’t already have an account. (An AWS account is required in order to use the Tools for Windows PowerShell.)
Getting Started with the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell
This section describes the fundamentals of using the tools, such as specifying credentials and regions, finding cmdlets for a particular service, and using aliases for cmdlets.
Using the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell
This section includes information about using the AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell to perform common AWS tasks.