AWS GovCloud (US)
User Guide

Configuring Your Account

The steps in this section describe how to sign in and create an account alias and access keys.

To sign in to the AWS GovCloud (US) console

  1. Open the AWS GovCloud (US) console.

  2. Sign in using your account number and IAM administrator user credentials. For your user name, type Administrator.

    Note

    If you did not save your AWS GovCloud (US) sign-in link, which includes your account number, you can retrieve your account number by signing in to the standard AWS Management Console with your root user credentials, opening the Accounts page, and choosing the Sign up for AWS GovCloud (US) button. You will be directed to a page that indicates you already have access and displays your account number.

To create an account alias

Creating an account alias is optional, but strongly recommended. If you do not create an account alias, be sure to save your AWS GovCloud (US) sign-in link because your AWS GovCloud (US) account number is different from your AWS account number.

  1. Sign in to the AWS GovCloud (US) console and open the IAM console at https://console.amazonaws-us-gov.com/iam.

  2. Next to the IAM users sign-in link, choose Customize.

  3. Type an alias for your account.

    IAM users can now use either the account alias or account number when signing in to the AWS GovCloud (US) console.

To create and download access keys

The password for your AWS GovCloud (US) administrator IAM user cannot be reset by the GovCloud account root user. Creating access keys for your AWS GovCloud (US) administrator user is helpful because they can be used to reset your administrator password from the command line.

  1. Sign in to the AWS GovCloud (US) console and open the IAM console at https://console.amazonaws-us-gov.com/iam.

  2. In the navigation pane, choose Users, and select the IAM user account for which you would like to generate access keys.

  3. On the My Security Credentials tab, choose Create Access Key.

  4. To download the access key, choose Download Credentials and save them locally.