AWS Management Console
Getting Started Guide (Version 1.0)

Managing Resources


This content describes legacy Resource Groups. For information about the new AWS Resource Groups service, see the AWS Resource Groups User Guide.

Resource groups provide information about your resources at a glance. You can monitor what is happening with your resources and use the links to take corrective or other actions.

Getting Information About a Resource

The Resource Groups tool displays detailed information about your resources. It also uses a red icon to indicate when a CloudWatch metric has triggered an alarm. This icon appears in multiple places:

  • Next to each resource type in the resource group’s navigation pane


  • In each row of the resource group table

                  Red icons announce alerts and potential problems

To get detailed information about a resource

  1. Open a resource group, as explained in Accessing a Resource Group.

  2. In the navigation pane, select a resource type.

  3. In the resource table, locate the resource that you want to monitor.


    To simplify locating a resource, filter and otherwise customize the table of resources, as explained in Customizing Your Resource Group Display.

  4. Choose the triangle icon to expand the row for a resource to get more information.

Taking Action on a Resource

You might need to act on the information that you see in the resource group table. For example, if an Amazon EC2 instance has triggered an alarm, you might want to go to the CloudWatch console for more details. Or you might need to go to the Amazon EC2 console to correct a problem. Resource Groups makes it easy to get to the controls that you need quickly.

To take action on a resource

  1. Display details for the selected resource, as explained in Getting Information About a Resource.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • To go to the console that controls the resource, choose the blue icon ( ) in the resource’s table row, or choose Manage resource in the details pane.


    • To take action on a CloudWatch alarm, choose the link for the alarm to open the CloudWatch console.