AWS Control Tower
User Guide

Account Factory

This chapter includes an overview and procedures for Account Factory, the AWS Service Catalog console-based product used to provision new accounts in your landing zone.

Configuring and Provisioning Accounts Through AWS Service Catalog

With Account Factory, central cloud administrators and AWS Single Sign-On end users can provision accounts in your landing zone. By default, AWS SSO users that provision accounts must be in the AWSAccountFactory group or the master group. Exercise caution when working from the master account, as you would when using any account that has generous permissions across your organization.

However, if you're provisioning accounts programmatically, the identity that will perform this work must have the following IAM permissions policy, in addition to AWSServiceCatalogEndUserFullAccess.

{ "Version": "2012-10-17", "Statement": [ { "Sid": "AWSControlTowerAccountFactoryAccess", "Effect": "Allow", "Action": [ "sso:GetProfile", "sso:CreateProfile", "sso:UpdateProfile", "sso:AssociateProfile", "sso:CreateApplicationInstance", "sso:GetSSOStatus", "sso:GetTrust", "sso:CreateTrust", "sso:UpdateTrust", "sso:GetPeregrineStatus", "sso:GetApplicationInstance", "sso:ListDirectoryAssociations", "sso:ListPermissionSets", "sso:GetPermissionSet", "sso:ProvisionApplicationInstanceForAWSAccount", "sso:ProvisionApplicationProfileForAWSAccountInstance", "sso:ProvisionSAMLProvider", "sso:ListProfileAssociations", "sso-directory:ListMembersInGroup", "sso-directory:AddMemberToGroup", "sso-directory:SearchGroups", "sso-directory:SearchGroupsWithGroupName", "sso-directory:SearchUsers", "sso-directory:CreateUser", "sso-directory:DescribeGroups", "sso-directory:DescribeDirectory", "sso-directory:GetUserPoolInfo", "controltower:CreateManagedAccount", "controltower:DescribeManagedAccount", "controltower:DeregisterManagedAccount", "s3:GetObject" ], "Resource": "*" } ] }

For more information on using AWS SSO with AWS Control Tower, see Managing Users and Access Through AWS Single Sign-On. The following procedure describes how to provision accounts as an AWS SSO end user.

To provision accounts in Account Factory as an end user

  1. Sign in your user portal URL.

  2. From Your applications, choose AWS Account.

  3. From the list of accounts, choose the account ID for your master account. It also has the label, (Master).

  4. From AWSServiceCatalogEndUserAccess, choose Management console. This opens the AWS Management Console for this user in this account.

  5. Search for and choose Service Catalog to open the AWS Service Catalog console.

  6. From the navigation pane, choose Products list.

  7. From AWS Control Tower Account Factory, choose the drop-down menu and select Launch product. This starts the wizard to provision a new account.

  8. Fill in the information, and keep the following in mind:

    • The SSOUserEmail can be a new email address, or the email address associated with an existing AWS SSO user. Whichever you choose, this user will have administrative access to the account you're provisioning.

    • The AccountEmail must be an email address that isn't already associated with an AWS account. If you used a new email address in SSOUserEmail, you can use that email address here.

  9. When you're finished, choose NEXT until you get to the Review page of the wizard. Do not define TagOptions and do not enable Notifications, otherwise the account can fail to be provisioned.

  10. Review your account settings, and then choose LAUNCH. Do not create a resource plan, otherwise the account will fail to be provisioned.

  11. Your account is now being provisioned. It can take a few minutes to complete. You can refresh the page to update the displayed status information.

Accounts that you provision can be closed or they can be changed to unmanaged accounts. Alternatively, you can repurpose accounts for other workloads and other users by updating the email addresses and user parameters for the account. You can change the Organizational Unit for the account by following the update procedures. For more information on unmanaging an account, see Unmanaging a Member Account.

Updating Account Factory Accounts

The following procedure guides you through how to update or migrate your Account Factory accounts.


Use this procedure to migrate an account's OU, as for any other update.

To update an Account Factory account

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS Single Sign-On console at


    You must be signed in as a user with the permissions to provision new products in AWS Service Catalog; for example, an AWS SSO user in either the AWSAccountFactory or AWSServiceCatalogAdmins groups.

  2. Choose Provision new account to open the AWS Service Catalog console and the Account Factory product.

  3. From the navigation pane, choose Provisioned products list.

  4. For each account listed, perform the following steps to update all your member accounts:

    1. From the drop-down menu for the account, choose Provisioned product details.

    2. Make a note of the following parameters:

      • SSOUserEmail

      • AccountEmail

      • SSOUserFirstName

      • SSOUSerLastName

      • AccountName

    3. From ACTIONS, choose Update.

    4. Choose the button next to the Version of the product you want to update, and choose NEXT.

    5. Provide the parameter values that were mentioned previously. For ManagedOrganizationlUnit, choose the OU that the account was already in, or to migrate to a new OU, choose the new OU for the account. A central cloud administrator can find this information in the AWS Control Tower console, under Accounts.

    6. Choose NEXT.

    7. Review your changes, and then choose UPDATE. This process can take a few minutes per account.

Configuring Account Factory with Amazon Virtual Private Cloud Settings

Account Factory enables you to create pre-approved baselines and configuration options for accounts in your organization. You can configure and provision new accounts through AWS Service Catalog.

On the Account Factory page, you can view the Amazon VPC configuration options available to your end users when they provision new accounts. You can see a list of organizational units (OUs) and their allow list status. By default, all OUs are on the allow list, which means that accounts can be provisioned under them. You can disable certain OUs for account provisioning through AWS Service Catalog.

To configure Amazon VPC settings in Account Factory

  1. As a central cloud administrator, sign into the AWS Control Tower console with administrator permissions in the master account.

  2. From the left side of the dashboard, select Account Factory to navigate to the Account Factory network configuration page. There you can see the default network settings displayed. To edit, select Edit and view the editable version of your Account Factory network configuration settings.

  3. You can modify the each field of the default settings as needed. Choose the VPC configuration options you'd like to establish for all new Account Factory accounts that your end users may create, and enter these settings into the fields:

  • Choose disabled or enabled to create a public subnet in Amazon VPC. By default, the internet-accessible subnet is disallowed.

  • Choose the maximum number of private subnets in Amazon VPC from the list. By default, 1 is selected. The maximum number of private subnets allowed is 2.

  • Enter the range of IP addresses for creating your account VPCs. The value must be in the form of a classless inter-domain routing (CIDR) block (for example, the default is This CIDR block provides the overall range of subnet IP addresses for the VPC that Account Factory creates for your account. Within your VPC, subnets are assigned automatically from the range you specify, and they are equal in size. By default, subnets within your VPC do not overlap. However, subnet IP address ranges in the VPCs of all your provisioned accounts could overlap.

  • Choose a region or all the regions for creating a VPC when an account is provisioned. By default all available regions are selected.

  • From the list, choose the number of Availability Zones to configure subnets for in each VPC. The default and recommended number is 3.

  • Choose Save.

Unmanaging a Member Account

If you created an account in Account Factory that you no longer want to be managed by AWS Control Tower in a landing zone, you can unmanage the account. This can be done in the AWS Service Catalog console by an AWS SSO user in either the AWSAccountFactory or AWSServiceCatalogAdmins groups. For more information on AWS SSO users or groups, see Managing Users and Access Through AWS Single Sign-On. The following procedure describes how to unmanage a member account.

To unmanage a member account

  1. Open the AWS Service Catalog console in your web browser at

  2. From the left navigation pane, choose Provisioned products list.

  3. From the list of provisioned accounts, choose the name of the account that you want AWS Control Tower to no longer manage.

  4. On the Provisioned product details page, from the ACTIONS menu, choose Terminate.

  5. From the dialog box that appears, choose TERMINATE.


    The word terminate is specific to AWS Service Catalog. When you terminate an Account Factory account in AWS Service Catalog, the account is not closed. This action removes the account from its OU and your landing zone.

  6. The Deregistering Managed Account message displays.

  7. To update the displayed account status, refresh the page. When the account has been unmanaged, its status changes to terminated.

  8. If you no longer need the terminated account, close it. For information about closing AWS accounts, see Closing an Account in the AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide


An unmanaged (terminated) account is not closed or deleted. When the account has been unmanaged, the AWS SSO user that you selected when you created the account in Account Factory still has administrative access to the account. If you do not want this user to have administrative access, you must change this setting in AWS SSO by updating the account in Account Factory and changing the AWS SSO user email address for the account. For more information, see Updating Account Factory Accounts.

Closing an Account Created in Account Factory

Accounts created in Account Factory are AWS accounts. For information about closing AWS accounts, see Closing an Account in the AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide.

Considerations for Account Factory

Accounts created through the Account Factory in AWS Control Tower inherit the guardrails of the parent OU. Accounts created outside of AWS Control Tower won't inherit these guardrails. These accounts also do not display in AWS Control Tower.

When an account is provisioned with Account Factory, the following AWS resources are created within the account.

AWS service Resource type Resource name
AWS CloudFormation Stacks






AWS CloudTrail Trail aws-controltower-BaselineCloudTrail
Amazon CloudWatch CloudWatch Event Rules aws-controltower-ConfigComplianceChangeEventRule
Amazon CloudWatch CloudWatch Logs



AWS Identity and Access Management Roles







AWS Identity and Access Management Policies


Amazon Simple Notification Service Topics aws-controltower-SecurityNotifications
AWS Lambda Applications StackSet-AWSControlTowerBP-BASELINE-CLOUDWATCH-*
AWS Lambda Functions aws-controltower-NotificationForwarder

When you enable guardrails with strongly recommended guidance, AWS Control Tower managed AWS resources are created in your accounts. Do not modify or delete resources created by AWS Control Tower. Doing so could result in the guardrails entering an unknown state. For more information, see Guardrail Reference.