AWS Backup
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Using AWS CloudFormation Templates with AWS Backup

The following information describes how to use AWS CloudFormation templates to simplify and automate tasks related to your backup plans, backup vaults, and resource selections.

Integrating AWS Backup with AWS CloudFormation

With AWS CloudFormation, you can provision and manage your AWS resources in a safe, repeatable manner using templates that you create. You can use AWS CloudFormation templates to manage your backup plans, backup resource selections, and backup vaults. For information about using AWS CloudFormation, see How Does AWS CloudFormation Work? in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

Before you create your AWS CloudFormation stack, you should consider the following:

  • We recommend that you create separate templates for your backup plans and your backup vaults. Because backup vaults can be deleted only if they are empty, you can't delete a stack that includes backup vaults if they contain any recovery points.

  • Be sure that you have a service role available before you create your stack. The AWS Backup default service role is created for you the first time you assign resources to a backup plan. If you haven't done this yet, the default service role is not available. You can also specify a custom role that you create. For more information about roles, see IAM Service Roles.

Following is a sample template that creates a backup plan.

Description: "Backup Plan template to back up all resources tagged with backup=daily daily at 5am UTC." Resources: KMSKey: Type: AWS::KMS::Key Properties: Description: "Encryption key for daily" EnableKeyRotation: True Enabled: True KeyPolicy: Version: "2012-10-17" Statement: - Effect: Allow Principal: "AWS": { "Fn::Sub": "arn:${AWS::Partition}:iam::${AWS::AccountId}:root" } Action: - kms:* Resource: "*" BackupVaultWithDailyBackups: Type: "AWS::Backup::BackupVault" Properties: BackupVaultName: "BackupVaultWithDailyBackups" EncryptionKeyArn: !GetAtt KMSKey.Arn BackupPlanWithDailyBackups: Type: "AWS::Backup::BackupPlan" Properties: BackupPlan: BackupPlanName: "BackupPlanWithDailyBackups" BackupPlanRule: - RuleName: "RuleForDailyBackups" TargetBackupVault: !Ref BackupVaultWithDailyBackups ScheduleExpression: "cron(0 5 ? * * *)" DependsOn: BackupVaultWithDailyBackups DDBTableWithDailyBackupTag: Type: "AWS::DynamoDB::Table" Properties: TableName: "TestTable" AttributeDefinitions: - AttributeName: "Album" AttributeType: "S" KeySchema: - AttributeName: "Album" KeyType: "HASH" ProvisionedThroughput: ReadCapacityUnits: "5" WriteCapacityUnits: "5" Tags: - Key: "backup" Value: "daily" BackupRole: Type: "AWS::IAM::Role" Properties: AssumeRolePolicyDocument: Version: "2012-10-17" Statement: - Effect: "Allow" Principal: Service: - "" Action: - "sts:AssumeRole" ManagedPolicyArns: - "arn:aws:iam::aws:policy/service-role/service role" TagBasedBackupSelection: Type: "AWS::Backup::BackupSelection" Properties: BackupSelection: SelectionName: "TagBasedBackupSelection" IamRoleArn: !GetAtt BackupRole.Arn ListOfTags: - ConditionType: "STRINGEQUALS" ConditionKey: "backup" ConditionValue: "daily" BackupPlanId: !Ref BackupPlanWithDailyBackups DependsOn: BackupPlanWithDailyBackups

If you are using the default service role, replace service role with AWSBackupServiceRolePolicyForBackup.

For information about using AWS CloudFormation with AWS Backup, see AWS Backup Resource Type Reference in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.

For information about controlling access to AWS service resources when using AWS CloudFormation, see Controlling Access with AWS Identity and Access Management in the AWS CloudFormation User Guide.