Setting up AWS for the first time - AWS Backup

Setting up AWS for the first time

Before you use AWS Backup for the first time, complete the following tasks:

Sign up for AWS

When you sign up for Amazon Web Services (AWS), your AWS account is automatically signed up for all services in AWS, including AWS Backup. You are charged only for the services that you use.

For more information about AWS Backup usage rates, see the AWS Backup Pricing page.

If you have an AWS account already, skip to the next task. If you don't have an AWS account, use the following procedure to create one.

To create an AWS account

  1. Open

  2. Follow the online instructions.

    Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a verification code on the phone keypad.

Note your AWS account number, because you'll need it for the next task.

Create an IAM user

Services in AWS, such as AWS Backup, require that you provide credentials when you access them, so that the service can determine whether you have permissions to access its resources. AWS recommends that you do not use the AWS account root user to make requests. Instead, create an IAM user, and grant that user full access. We refer to these users as administrator users. You can use the admin user credentials, instead of the AWS account root user credentials, to interact with AWS and perform tasks, such as create a bucket, create users, and grant them permissions. For more information, see AWS account Root User Credentials vs. IAM User Credentials in the AWS General Reference and IAM Best Practices in the IAM User Guide.

If you signed up for AWS but have not created an IAM user for yourself, you can create one using the IAM console.

To create an administrator user for yourself and add the user to an administrators group (console)

  1. Sign in to the IAM console as the account owner by choosing Root user and entering your AWS account email address. On the next page, enter your password.


    We strongly recommend that you adhere to the best practice of using the Administrator IAM user that follows and securely lock away the root user credentials. Sign in as the root user only to perform a few account and service management tasks.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Users and then choose Add users.

  3. For User name, enter Administrator.

  4. Select the check box next to AWS Management Console access. Then select Custom password, and then enter your new password in the text box.

  5. (Optional) By default, AWS requires the new user to create a new password when first signing in. You can clear the check box next to User must create a new password at next sign-in to allow the new user to reset their password after they sign in.

  6. Choose Next: Permissions.

  7. Under Set permissions, choose Add user to group.

  8. Choose Create group.

  9. In the Create group dialog box, for Group name enter Administrators.

  10. Choose Filter policies, and then select AWS managed - job function to filter the table contents.

  11. In the policy list, select the check box for AdministratorAccess. Then choose Create group.


    You must activate IAM user and role access to Billing before you can use the AdministratorAccess permissions to access the AWS Billing and Cost Management console. To do this, follow the instructions in step 1 of the tutorial about delegating access to the billing console.

  12. Back in the list of groups, select the check box for your new group. Choose Refresh if necessary to see the group in the list.

  13. Choose Next: Tags.

  14. (Optional) Add metadata to the user by attaching tags as key-value pairs. For more information about using tags in IAM, see Tagging IAM entities in the IAM User Guide.

  15. Choose Next: Review to see the list of group memberships to be added to the new user. When you are ready to proceed, choose Create user.

You can use this same process to create more groups and users and to give your users access to your AWS account resources. To learn about using policies that restrict user permissions to specific AWS resources, see Access management and Example policies.

To sign in as this new IAM user, sign out of the AWS Management Console. Then use the following URL, where your_aws_account_id is your AWS account number without the hyphens (for example, if your AWS account number is 1234-5678-9012, your AWS account ID is 123456789012):

Enter the IAM user name and password that you just created. When you're signed in, the navigation bar displays your_user_name@your_aws_account_id.

If you don't want the URL for your sign-in page to contain your AWS account ID, you can create an account alias. From the IAM dashboard, click Create Account Alias and enter an alias, such as your company name. To sign in after you create an account alias, use the following URL:

To verify the sign-in link for IAM users for your account, open the IAM console and check under AWS account Alias on the dashboard.

Create an IAM role

You can use the IAM console to create an IAM role that grants AWS Backup permissions to access supported resources. After you create the IAM role, you will create and attach policies to the role.

To create an IAM role with the console

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the IAM console.

  2. In the IAM console, choose Roles in the navigation pane, and choose Create role.

  3. Choose AWS Service Roles, and then choose Select for AWS Backup. Choose Next: Permissions.

  4. On the Attach permissions policies page, check both AWSBackupServiceRolePolicyForBackup, and AWSBackupServiceRolePolicyForRestores. These AWS managed policies grant AWS Backup permission to back up and restore all supported AWS resources. To learn more about managed policies and view examples, see Managed Policies.

    Then, choose Next: Tags.

  5. Choose Next: Review.

  6. For Role Name, type a name that describes the purpose of this role. Role names must be unique within your AWS account. Because various entities might reference the role, you cannot edit the name of the role after you create it.

    Choose Create Role.

  7. On the Roles page, choose the role that you created to open its details page.