Service-linked roles - AWS IAM Identity Center (successor to AWS Single Sign-On)

Service-linked roles

Service-linked roles are predefined IAM permissions that allow IAM Identity Center to delegate and enforce which users have single sign-on access to specific AWS accounts in your organization in AWS Organizations. The service enables this functionality by provisioning a service-linked role in every AWS account within its organization. The service then allows other AWS services like IAM Identity Center to leverage those roles to perform service-related tasks. For more information, see AWS Organizations and service-linked roles.

When you enable IAM Identity Center, IAM Identity Center creates a service-linked role in all accounts within the organization in AWS Organizations. IAM Identity Center also creates the same service-linked role in every account that is subsequently added to your organization. This role allows IAM Identity Center to access each account's resources on your behalf. For more information, see Multi-account permissions.

Service-linked roles that are created in each AWS account are named AWSServiceRoleForSSO. For more information, see Using service-linked roles for IAM Identity Center.