Viewing the AWS Config Dashboard - AWS Config

Viewing the AWS Config Dashboard

Use the Dashboard to see an overview of your resources, rules, and their compliance state and to visualize your AWS Config usage and success metrics with Amazon CloudWatch. This page helps you quickly identify the top resources in your AWS account, what rules or resources are noncompliant, what traffic is driving your AWS Config usage, and key metrics for failures that have occured in your workflows.

To use the AWS Config Dashboard

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS Config console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/config/.

  2. In the left navigation pane, choose Dashboard.

Compliance and Resource Inventory

After setup, AWS Config starts recording your specified resources and then evaluates them against your rules. It may take a few minutes for AWS Config to display your resources, rules, and their compliance states.

Compliance status

Compliance status displays your number of compliant and noncompliant rules and compliant and noncompliant resources. Resources are compliant or noncompliant based on an evaluation of the rule associated with it. If a resource does not follow the rule's specifications, the resource and the rule are flagged as noncompliant.

To view the list of noncompliant rules and resources, choose Noncompliant rule(s) or Noncompliant resource(s).

Noncompliant rules by noncompliant resource count

Noncompliant rules by noncompliant resource count displays your top noncompliant rules in descending order by the number of resources. Choose a rule to view its details, parameters, and the resources in scope for that specific rule.

For a comprehensive list of noncompliant rules, choose View all noncompliant rules.

Resource inventory

Resource inventory displays the total number of resources that AWS Config is recording in descending order by the number of resources, and the count of each resource type in your AWS account. To open all resources for a resource type, choose that resource type to go to its Resources inventory page.

You can use the dropdown list to indicate which resource totals you want to view. By default, it is set to view All resources, but you can change it to AWS resources, Third-party resources, or Custom resources.

Note

The Evaluate your AWS resource configuration using Config rules message may appear on the Dashboard for the following reasons:

  • You haven't set up AWS Config Rules for your AWS account. You can choose Add rule to go to the Rules page.

  • AWS Config is still evaluating your resources against your rules. You can refresh the page to see the latest evaluation results.

  • AWS Config evaluated your resources against your rules and did not find any resources in scope. You can specify the resources for AWS Config to record in the Settings page. For more information, see Selecting Which Resources AWS Config Records.

AWS Config Usage and Success Metrics

You can use Amazon CloudWatch dashboards in the AWS Config console to visualize your AWS Config usage and success metrics.

For each dashboard, you can do the following:

  • Adjust the dashboard time range to display data from the past 1 Hour, 3 Hours, 12 Hours, 1 Day, 3 Days, or 1 Week.

  • Choose Custom, to enter a custom time range: either a Relative time for a past specified amount of time or an Absolute time range between two dates. You can also change the time format to display dashboard data in UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) or Local time zone (the time zone specified as your local time zone in the operating system of the computer you are currently using).

  • Use the Drop arrow next the Refresh icon to specify how often the data in a dashboard should refresh, or to turn off the automatic refresh. Choose Off, 10 Seconds, 1 Minute, 2 Minutes, 5 Minutes, or 15 Minutes to change the refresh internal.

  • Choose Add to dashboard to add the AWS Config usage metrics or the AWS Config success metrics you are currently viewing in the AWS Config Dashboard to the CloudWatch console. This opens a new tab in the CloudWatch console that allows you to create a new custom dashboard in CloudWatch with information copied from your current AWS Config usage metrics or AWS Config success metrics.

If you want to perform additional analyses of these metrics with CloudWatch, choose Metrics in the left navigation pane of the CloudWatch console and then choose AWS/Config. For more information on what you can do from the CloudWatch console, see Using Amazon CloudWatch dashboards and Using Amazon CloudWatch metrics in the CloudWatch User Guide.

AWS Config Usage Metrics

Configuration Items Recorded displays the number of configuration items recorded for each resource type or all resource types. A configuration item represents a point-in-time view of the various attributes of a supported AWS resource. For more information about configuration items or supported resource types, see Configuration Items and Supported Resource Types.

You can select the resource type that you want to view by using the dropdown list. By default, it is set to view all resource types.

AWS Config Success Metrics

Change Notifications Delivery Failed displays the number of failed change notification deliveries to the Amazon SNS topic for your delivery channel. A change notification informs you about a change to the configuration state of your AWS resources. You can use the ConfigStreamDeliveryInfo API to get the lastErrorCode or lastErrorMessage for the last attempted delivery for a change notification. For more information, see Managing the Delivery Channel.

Config History Export Failed displays the number of failed configuration history exports to your Amazon S3 bucket. A configuration history is a collection of the configuration items for a given resource over a specified time period. For more information about configuration history, see Configuration History.

Configuration Recorder Insufficient Permissions Failure displays the number of failed permission access attempts due to the IAM role policy for the configuration recorder having insufficient permissions. The configuration recorder detects changes in your resource configurations and captures these changes as configuration items. For the configuration recorder to record your AWS resource configurations, it requires the necessary IAM permissions. For more information, see IAM Role Policy for Getting Configuration Details.

Config Snapshot Export Failed displays the number of failed configuration snapshot exports to your Amazon S3 bucket. A configuration snapshot is a collection of the configuration items for the supported resources in your account. For more information about configuration snapshots, see Configuration Snapshot.