AWS Systems Manager
User Guide

Update Session Manager Preferences (AWS CLI)

The following procedure describes how to use the AWS CLI and the update-document command to make changes to the Session Manager preferences for your account in the selected AWS Region. Use Session Manager preferences to specify options for logging session data in an Amazon S3 bucket or Amazon CloudWatch Logs log group. You can also use Session Manager preferences to encrypt your session data.

To update Session Manager preferences (AWS CLI)

  1. Create a JSON file on your local machine with a name such as SessionManagerRunShell.json, and then paste the following content into it:

    { "schemaVersion": "1.0", "description": "Document to hold regional settings for Session Manager", "sessionType": "Standard_Stream", "inputs": { "s3BucketName": "", "s3KeyPrefix": "", "s3EncryptionEnabled": true, "cloudWatchLogGroupName": "", "cloudWatchEncryptionEnabled": true, "kmsKeyId": "" } }
  2. Specify where you want to send session data. You can specify an S3 bucket name (with an optional prefix) or a CloudWatch Logs log group name. If you want to further encrypt data between local client and EC2 instances, provide the AWS KMS key to use for encryption. For example:

    { "schemaVersion": "1.0", "description": "Document to hold regional settings for Session Manager", "sessionType": "Standard_Stream", "inputs": { "s3BucketName": "MyBucketName", "s3KeyPrefix": "MyBucketPrefix", "s3EncryptionEnabled": true, "cloudWatchLogGroupName": "MyLogGroupName", "cloudWatchEncryptionEnabled": true, "kmsKeyId": "MyKMSKeyID" } }


    If you do not want to encrypt the session log data, change "true" to "false" for s3EncryptionEnabled.

    If you aren't sending logs to either an S3 bucket or a CloudWatch Logs log group, or don't want to encrypt active session data, you can delete the lines for those options. Make sure the last line in the "inputs" section does not end with a comma.

    If you add a AWS KMS key ID to encrypt your session data, both the users who start sessions and the instances that they connect to must have permission to use the key. You provide permission to use the CMK with Session Manager through IAM policies. For information, see the following topics:

  3. Save the file.

  4. In the directory where you created the JSON file, run the following command:

    aws ssm update-document --name "SSM-SessionManagerRunShell" --content "file://SessionManagerRunShell.json" --document-version "\$LATEST"


    Be sure to include file:// before the file name. It is required in this command.

    If successful, the command returns output similar to the following:

        "DocumentDescription": {
            "Status": "Updating",
            "Hash": "ce4fd0a2ab9b0fae759004ba603174c3ec2231f21a81db8690a33eb66EXAMPLE",
            "Name": "SSM-SessionManagerRunShell",
            "Tags": [],
            "DocumentType": "Session",
            "PlatformTypes": [
            "DocumentVersion": "2",
            "HashType": "Sha256",
            "CreatedDate": 1537206341.565,
            "Owner": "111122223333",
            "SchemaVersion": "1.0",
            "DefaultVersion": "1",
            "DocumentFormat": "JSON",
            "LatestVersion": "2"