Step 4: Choose security, shipping, and notification preferences - AWS Snowball Edge Developer Guide

Step 4: Choose security, shipping, and notification preferences

Choose security preferences

Setting security adds the permissions and encryption settings for your AWS Snow Family devices job to help protect your data while in transit.

    To set security for your job
    1. In the Encryption section, choose the KMS key that you want to use.

      • If you want to use the default AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) key, choose AWS/importexport (default). This is the default key that protects your import and export jobs when no other key is defined.

      • If you want to provide your own AWS KMS key, choose Enter a key ARN, provide the Amazon Resource Name (ARN) in the key ARN box, and choose Use this KMS key. The key ARN will be added to the list.

    2. In the Choose service access type section, do one of the following:

      • Choose Snow console will create and use a service-linked role to access AWS resources on your behalf. to grant AWS Snow Family permissions to use Amazon S3 and Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) on your behalf. The role grants AWS Security Token Service (AWS STS) AssumeRole trust to the Snow service

      • Choose Add an existing service role to use, to specify the Role ARN that you want, or you can use the default role.

    3. Choose Next.

    Choose your shipping preferences

    Receiving and returning a Snow Family device involves shipping the device back and forth, so it's important that you provide accurate shipping information.

    To provide shipping details
    1. In the Shipping Address section, choose an existing address or add a new address.

      • If you choose Use recent address, the addresses on file are displayed. Carefully choose the address that you want from the list.

      • If you choose Add a new address, provide the requested address information. The AWS Snow Family Management Console saves your new shipping information.


        The country that you provide in the address must match the destination country for the device and must be valid for that country.

    2. In the Shipping speed section, choose a shipping speed for the job. This speed shows how quickly the device ships between destinations and doesn't reflect how soon it will arrive after today's date. The shipping speeds you can choose are:

      • One-Day Shipping (1 business day)

      • Two-Day Shipping (2 business days)

      • See Shipping Carriers.

    Choose your notification preferences

    Notifications update you on the latest status of your AWS Snow Family devices jobs. You create an SNS topic and receive emails from Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) as your job status changes.

    To set up notifications
    • In the Set notifications section, do one of the following:

      • If you want to use an existing SNS topic, choose Use an existing SNS topic, and choose the topic Amazon Resource Name (ARN) from the list.

      • If you want to create a new SNS topic, choose Create a new SNS topic. Enter a name for your topic and provide an email address.


        Jobs to order Snow devices created in the US West (N. California) and US West (Oregon) regions are routed through US East (N. Virginia) region. Because of this, service calls like Amazon SNS are also directed through US East (N. Virginia). We recommend creating any new SNS topics in the US East (N. Virginia) region for the best experience.

    Notifications will be about one of the following states of your job:

    • Job created

    • Preparing device

    • Preparing shipment

    • In transit to you

    • Delivered to you

    • In transit to AWS

    • At sorting facility

    • At AWS

    • Importing

    • Completed

    • Canceled

    For more information about job status change notifications and encrypted SNS topics, see Notifications for Snow Family devices in this guide.

    Select the Next.