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AWS Systems Manager Automation Concepts

AWS Systems Manager Automation uses the following concepts.

Concept Details

Automation document

A Systems Manager Automation document defines the Automation workflow (the actions that Systems Manager performs on your managed instances and AWS resources). Automation includes several pre-defined Automation documents that you can use to perform common tasks like restarting one or more Amazon EC2 instances or creating an Amazon Machine Image (AMI). Documents use JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) or YAML, and they include steps and parameters that you specify. Steps execute in sequential order. For more information, see Working with Automation Documents.

Automation action

The Automation workflow defined in an Automation document includes one or more steps. Each step is associated with a particular action or plugin. The action determines the inputs, behavior, and outputs of the step. Steps are defined in the mainSteps section of your Automation document. For more information, see the Systems Manager Automation Document Reference.

Automation queue

Each AWS account can execute 25 Automations simultaneously. If you attempt to execute more than this, Systems Manager adds the additional executions to a queue and displays a status of Pending. When an Automation completes (or reaches a terminal state), the first execution in the queue starts. Each AWS account can queue 75 Automation executions.