Create IAM Users and Groups to Administer Cloud Canvas Teams - Lumberyard User Guide

Create IAM Users and Groups to Administer Cloud Canvas Teams

To manage your team members' access to AWS resources, you create IAM users, a group for the users, and then attach the appropriate Cloud Canvas customer managed policies to the group. The policies that Cloud Canvas creates for your IAM users are more restrictive than those for an administrator. You can use these policies so that your team members do not inadvertently incur charges without administrator approval.

To create IAM users and a user group with managed policies

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console with your CloudCanvasAdmin credentials. See Inspect Your Resources in AWS.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • In the AWS services search box, enter IAM, and then click IAM.

    • Expand All services and under Security, Identity & Compliance, click IAM.

  3. In the navigation pane, click Users.

  4. Click Add user.

  5. On the Add user page, in the User name box, enter an IAM user name for a team member.

    The user name can contain of letters, digits, and the following characters: plus (+), equal (=), comma (,), period (.), at (@), underscore (-), and hyphen (-). The name is not case sensitive and can be a maximum of 64 characters.

  6. For each additional user, click Add another user, and then enter a user name.

  7. Under Select AWS access type, select Programmatic access and/or AWS Management Console access, depending on the access that you want each user to have.

    If you choose AWS Management Console access, the Console password and Require password reset options appear.

    • Console password – Enter a password or choose to have a password generated automatically (default).

    • Require password reset – Requires your users to create a password at their next sign in. This is selected by default.

  8. Click Next: Permissions.

  9. Click Create group to create an IAM group for your new users.

  10. On the Create group page, for Group name, enter a name for the group (for example, CloudCanvasDevelopers).

    The group name can contain letters, digits, and the following characters: plus (+), equal (=), comma (,), period (.), at (@), underscore (-), and hyphen (-). The name is not case sensitive and can be a maximum of 128 characters.

  11. To find the IAM customer managed policy that Cloud Canvas created for you, click Filter policies and then select Customer managed.

  12. Select the appropriate policies that you want to apply to the group. To decide which policies to include, use the information in the following table.

    Policy Description
    DeploymentAccess Grants the user read-only access to information from a specific deployment stack. Mainly used to describe information for resources used in the stack.
    DeploymentAdminRestrictions Do not use.
    DeploymentOwnerAccess Grants full access to the deployment stack.
    ProjectAccess Grants a user read-only access to the configuration of the project stack.
    ProjectAdminRestrictions Do not use.
    ProjectOwnerAccess Grants full access to the project stack and deployments in that stack.
    ServiceLambdaExecution Do not use.
  13. Click Create group.

  14. Click Next: Review. The Review page lists the user names that you created and summarizes the permissions that are to be granted.

  15. Click Create users.

    After you successfully created your users, you can view the access key ID, secret access key, and automatically generated password for each new user. You can also email users instructions to sign in to the AWS Management Console.

  16. Click Download .csv to download a .csv file that has the keys for all the users that you created. Make sure you preserve the credentials in a safe place.

    • After this point, you cannot view the secret access key from the AWS Management Console. You must deliver each user his or her keys securely.

    • As an administrator, it is your responsibility to keep your team and your AWS account secure. Amazon provides some best practices and options for how to manage your team’s access keys on the Managing Access Keys for IAM Users page in the IAM User Guide. You are encouraged to read this thoroughly.

  17. Click Close.

Next, have your team members use Lumberyard Editor to create their AWS profiles with the credentials that you provided.

To have users create AWS profiles

  1. In Lumberyard Editor, have each user choose AWS, Credentials manager.

  2. Have the user enter a new profile name and his or her access and secret access keys.


    Stress the importance to your users of keeping their keys secure and not sharing them.

For information regarding limits on the number of groups and users in an AWS account, see Limitations on IAM Entities and Objects in the IAM User Guide.