Get started with AWS Trusted Advisor - AWS Support

Get started with AWS Trusted Advisor

You can access Trusted Advisor from the AWS Management Console. Use the Trusted Advisor console to review check results for your AWS account and then follow the recommended steps to fix any issues. For example, Trusted Advisor might recommend that you delete unused resources to reduce your monthly bill, such as an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance.

You can also use the AWS Support API to perform operations on your Trusted Advisor checks. For more information, see the AWS Support API Reference.

Sign in to the Trusted Advisor console

You can view the checks and the status of each check in the Trusted Advisor console.

Note

You must have AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissions to access the Trusted Advisor console. For more information, see Manage access for AWS Trusted Advisor.

To sign in to the Trusted Advisor console

  1. Sign in to the Trusted Advisor console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/trustedadvisor/home.

  2. On the Trusted Advisor Dashboard page, view the summary for each check category. Trusted Advisor uses the following color code for check results:

    • Green – Trusted Advisor doesn't detect an issue for the check.

    • Yellow – Trusted Advisor detects a possible issue for the check.

    • Red – Trusted Advisor recommends an action for the check.

  3. You can do the following on the Trusted Advisor Dashboard page:

    • To refresh all checks in your account, choose the refresh icon in the upper-right corner.

    • To create an .xsl file that includes all check results, choose the download icon in the upper-right corner.

    • To learn more about Trusted Advisor, choose the help pane icon in the upper-right corner.

    • Under Recent Changes, choose a check name to view the latest results for that check.

    • Under What's New, choose a link for AWS blogs and resources to learn more about Trusted Advisor updates.

    • Choose a check category to view the results, such as Cost Performance.

Example : Trusted Advisor Dashboard

The following example shows a summary of the check results.


     Screenshot of the dashboard page in the Trusted Advisor console.

View check categories

You can view the check descriptions and results for the following check categories:

  • Cost Optimization – Recommendations that can potentially save you money. These checks highlight unused resources and opportunities to reduce your bill.

  • Performance – Recommendations that can improve the speed and responsiveness of your applications.

  • Security – Recommendations for security settings that can make your AWS solution more secure.

  • Fault Tolerance – Recommendations that help increase the resiliency of your AWS solution. These checks highlight redundancy shortfalls, current service limits (also known as quotas), and overused resources.

  • Service Limits – Checks the usage for your account and whether your account approaches or exceeds the limit (also known as quotas) for AWS services and resources.

To view check categories

  1. Sign in to the Trusted Advisor console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/trustedadvisor/home.

  2. In the navigation pane or the Trusted Advisor Dashboard page, choose the check category.

  3. On the category page, you can do the following:

    • For Filter by tag, enter a tag key and value and then choose Apply filter to filter checks by resource tags.

    • For the View list, specify which checks to view:

      • All checks

      • No problems detected

      • Investigation recommended

      • Action recommended

      • Checks with excluded items

  4. For each check, such as Low Utilization Amazon EC2 Instances, choose the refresh icon to refresh this check.

  5. Choose the download icon to create an .xsl file that includes the results for this check.

Example : Cost Optimization category

The following example shows one (yellow) check that needs investigation and two (green) checks that don't.


     Screenshot of the Cost Optimization category page in the Trusted Advisor console.

View specific checks

Expand a check to view the full check description, your affected resources, any recommended steps, and links for more resources.

To view a specific check

  1. Sign in to the Trusted Advisor console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/trustedadvisor/home.

  2. In the navigation pane or the Trusted Advisor Dashboard page, choose the check category.

  3. Choose the check name to view the description and the following details:

    • Alert criteria – Describes the threshold when a check will change status.

    • Recommended Action – Describes the recommended actions for this check.

    • Additional Resources – Lists related AWS documentation.

    • A table that lists the affected resources in your account. You can include or exclude these resources from check results.

  4. (Optional) To exclude resources so that they don't appear in check results:

    1. Select a resource and choose Exclude & Refresh.

    2. To view all excluded resources, for Item View, choose Excluded Items.

  5. (Optional) To include resources so that the check evaluates them again:

    1. For Item View, choose Excluded Items, select a resource, and then choose Include & Refresh.

    2. To view all included resources, for Item View, choose Included Items.

  6. Choose Columns Display and then select or clear the fields to appear for the resources.

Example : Cost Optimization check

The following Low Utilization Amazon EC2 Instances check lists the affected instances in the account. This check identifies one Amazon EC2 instance that isn't used and recommends that you stop or terminate the resource.


     Screenshot of the Low Utilization Amazon EC2 Instances check in the Trusted Advisor
      console.

Organizational view

You can set up the organizational view feature to create a report for all member accounts in your AWS organization. For more information, see Organizational view for AWS Trusted Advisor.

Preferences

On the Preferences page in the Trusted Advisor console, you can configure your weekly email messages for the check summary, enable the organizational view feature, or disable Trusted Advisor.

Set up notification preferences

Specify who can receive the weekly Trusted Advisor email messages for check results and the language.

To set up notification preferences

  1. Sign in to the Trusted Advisor console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/trustedadvisor/home.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Preferences.

  3. For Weekly Email Notification Preferences, select whom to notify for your check results. You can add and remove contacts from the Account Settings page in the AWS Billing and Cost Management console.

  4. For Notification Language, choose the language for the email message.

  5. Choose Save Email Preferences.

Set up organizational view

If you set up your account with AWS Organizations, you can create reports for all member accounts in your organization. For more information, see Organizational view for AWS Trusted Advisor.

Disable Trusted Advisor

When you disable this service, Trusted Advisor won't perform any checks on your account. Anyone who tries to access the Trusted Advisor console or use the API operations will receive an access denied error message.

To disable Trusted Advisor

  1. Under TA Service Linked Role Permissions, choose Disable Trusted Advisor. This action disables Trusted Advisor for all checks in your account.

  2. You can then manually delete the AWSServiceRoleForTrustedAdvisor role from your account. For more information, see Deleting a service-linked role for Trusted Advisor.

For more information about Trusted Advisor, see the following topics: