Amazon EC2 Systems Manager
User Guide

Configuring Inventory Collection

Use the following procedure to configure inventory collection on a managed instance using the Amazon EC2 console. For an example of how to configure inventory collection using the AWS CLI, see Systems Manager Inventory Manager Walkthrough.

Before you begin

Before you configure inventory collection, complete the following tasks.

  • Verify that your instances meet Systems Manager prerequisites. For more information, see Systems Manager Prerequisites.

  • Update the SSM Agent if you plan to collect inventory from an existing instance. For more information, see Installing SSM Agent.

To configure inventory collection on a managed instance

  1. Open the Amazon EC2 console, expand Systems Manager Shared Resources in the navigation pane, and then choose Managed Instances.

  2. Choose Setup Inventory.

  3. In the Targets section, choose Specify a Tag if you want to configure inventory on multiple instances using EC2 tags. Choose Manually Select Instances if you want to individually choose which instances are configured for inventory.


    If you use tags, any instances created in the future with the same tag will also report inventory.

  4. In the Schedule section, choose how often you want the system to collect inventory metadata from your instances.

  5. In the Specify Parameters section, use the lists to enable or disable different types of inventory collection.

  6. In the Specify Output Location section, choose Write to S3 if you want to store the association execution status in an Amazon S3 bucket.

  7. Choose Setup Inventory and then choose OK.

  8. In the Managed Instances page, choose an instance that you just configured for inventory and choose the Description tab. The Association Status shows Pending until the inventory collection is processed. If the status showed Failed, verify that you have the latest version of the SSM Agent installed on your instances.

  9. After the collection timeframe has passed, choose a managed instance, and then choose the Inventory tab.

  10. Use the Inventory Type list to filter on different types of inventory data.