Working with AWS CloudFormation templates and stacks in Application Manager - AWS Systems Manager

Working with AWS CloudFormation templates and stacks in Application Manager

Application Manager, a capability of AWS Systems Manager, helps you provision and manage resources for your applications by integrating with AWS CloudFormation. You can create, edit, and delete AWS CloudFormation templates and stacks in Application Manager. A stack is a collection of AWS resources that you can manage as a single unit. This means you can create, update, or delete a collection of AWS resources by using CloudFormation stacks. A template is a formatted text file in JSON or YAML that specifies the resources you want to provision in your stacks.

Application Manager also includes a template library where you can clone, create, and store templates. Application Manager and CloudFormation display the same information about the current status of a stack. Templates and template updates are stored in Systems Manager until you provision the stack, at which time the changes are also displayed in CloudFormation.

After you create a stack in Application Manager, the CloudFormation stacks page displays helpful information about it. This includes the template used to create it, a count of OpsItems for resources in your stack, the stack status, and drift status.

Before you begin

Use the following links to learn about CloudFormation concepts before you create, edit, or delete CloudFormation templates and stacks by using Application Manager.