Setting Up Service Catalog - Service Catalog

Setting Up Service Catalog

Before you get started with Service Catalog, complete the following tasks.

Sign Up for Amazon Web Services

To use Amazon Web Services (AWS), you will need to sign up for an AWS account.

To sign up for an AWS account
  1. Open

  2. Follow the online instructions.

    Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a verification code on the phone keypad.

    When you sign up for an AWS account, an AWS account root user is created. The root user has access to all AWS services and resources in the account. As a security best practice, assign administrative access to an administrative user, and use only the root user to perform tasks that require root user access.

AWS sends you a confirmation email after the sign up process is complete. At any time, you can view your current account activity and manage your account by going to and choosing My Account, AWS Management Console.

Grant Permissions to Administrators and End Users

Catalog administrators and end users require different IAM permissions to use Service Catalog. As a catalog administrator, you must have IAM permissions that allow you to access the Service Catalog administrator console, create products, and manage products. Before your end users can use your products, you must grant them permissions that allow them to access the Service Catalog end user console, launch products, and manage launched products as provisioned products.

Service Catalog provides many of these permissions using managed policies. AWS maintains these policies and provides them in the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) service. You can use these policies by attaching them to the IAM users, groups, or roles that you and your end users use.