AWS Systems Manager
User Guide

AWS Systems Manager Activations

To set up servers and virtual machines (VMs) in your hybrid environment as managed instances, you create a managed-instance activation. After you complete the activation, you receive an activation code and ID. This code/ID combination functions like an Amazon EC2 access ID and secret key to provide secure access to the Systems Manager service from your managed instances. For information about configuring on-premises servers and VMs as managed instances, see Setting Up AWS Systems Manager in Hybrid Environments.