Getting started 1: Service Opt-in - AWS Backup

Getting started 1: Service Opt-in

The AWS Backup console has two ways to include resource types in a backup plan: explicitly assign the resource type in a backup plan or include all resources. See the points below to understand how these selections work with service opt ins.

  • If resource assignments are only based on tags, then service opt-in settings are applied.

  • If a resource type is explicitly assigned to a backup plan, it will be included in the backup even if the opt-in is not enabled for that particular service. This does not apply to Aurora, Neptune, and Amazon DocumentDB. For these services to be included, the opt-in must be enabled.

  • If both resource type and tags are specified in a resource assignment, the specified resource types are filtered first, then tags further filter those resources.

    Service opt-in settings are ignored for most resource types. However Aurora, Neptune, and Amazon DocumentDB require service opt-in.

  • For Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP, when using tag-based resource selection, apply tags to individual volumes instead of the whole file system.

Opt-in choices apply to the specific account and AWS Region. When an account uses AWS Backup (creates a backup vault or backup plan) in a Region, the account automatically is opted into all resource types supported by AWS Backup in the Region at that time. Supported services added to that Region at a later date will not be automatically included in a backup plan. You can choose to opt into those resource types once they become supported.

As AWS Backup supports more and more AWS services and third-party applications, you might need to revisit this step to opt in to those newly-supported resources.

AWS Backup does not govern or manage backups taken in AWS environments other than AWS Backup.

To opt in to use AWS Backup to protect all supported resource types
  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console, and open the AWS Backup console at

  2. In the left navigation pane, choose Settings.

  3. Under Service opt-in, choose Configure resources.

  4. Opt in to all AWS Backup-supported Resources by moving all the toggles to the right.

  5. Choose Confirm.

Next steps

To create an on-demand backup using AWS Backup, proceed to Getting started 2: Create an on-demand backup.