Getting started with Quick Setup - AWS Systems Manager

Getting started with Quick Setup

Use the information in this topic to help you prepare to use Quick Setup.

IAM roles and permissions for Quick Setup onboarding

On July 1st 2024, Quick Setup launched a new console experience and a new API. You can choose to opt in to the new experience now by selecting the Opt in button in the banner at the top of the Quick Setup console. If you opt in to the new experience, your existing configurations are recreated using the new API. Depending on the number of existing configurations in your account, this process can take several minutes.

To use the new Quick Setup console, you must have permissions for the following actions:

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To restrict users to read-only permissions, only allow ssm-quicksetup:List* and ssm-quicksetup:Get* operations for the Quick Setup API.

During onboarding, Quick Setup creates the following AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles on your behalf:

  • AWS-QuickSetup-LocalExecutionRole – Grants AWS CloudFormation permissions to use any template, excluding the patch policy template, and create the necessary resources.

  • AWS-QuickSetup-LocalAdministrationRole – Grants permissions to AWS CloudFormation to assume AWS-QuickSetup-LocalExecutionRole.

  • AWS-QuickSetup-PatchPolicy-LocalExecutionRole – Grants permissions to AWS CloudFormation to use the patch policy template, and create the necessary resources.

  • AWS-QuickSetup-PatchPolicy-LocalAdministrationRole – Grants permissions to AWS CloudFormation to assume AWS-QuickSetup-PatchPolicy-LocalExecutionRole.

If you're onboarding a management account—the account that you use to create an organization in AWS Organizations—Quick Setup also creates the following roles on your behalf:

  • AWS-QuickSetup-SSM-RoleForEnablingExplorer – Grants permissions to the AWS-EnableExplorer automation runbook. The AWS-EnableExplorer runbook configures Explorer, a capability of Systems Manager, to display information for multiple AWS accounts and AWS Regions.

  • AWSServiceRoleForAmazonSSM – A service-linked role that grants access to AWS resources managed and used by Systems Manager.

  • AWSServiceRoleForAmazonSSM_AccountDiscovery – A service-linked role that grants permissions to Systems Manager to call AWS services to discover AWS account information when synchronizing data. For more information, see About the AWSServiceRoleForAmazonSSM_AccountDiscovery role.

When onboarding a management account, Quick Setup enables trusted access between AWS Organizations and CloudFormation to deploy Quick Setup configurations across your organization. To enable trusted access, your management account must have administrator permissions. After onboarding, you no longer need administrator permissions. For more information, see Enable trusted access with Organizations.

For information about AWS Organizations account types, see AWS Organizations terminology and concepts in the AWS Organizations User Guide.


Quick Setup uses AWS CloudFormation StackSets to deploy your configurations across AWS accounts and Regions. If the number of target accounts multiplied by the number of Regions exceeds 10,000, the configuration fails to deploy. We recommend reviewing your use case and creating configurations that use fewer targets to accommodate the growth of your organization. Stack instances aren't deployed to your organization's management account. For more information, see Considerations when creating a stack set with service-managed permissions.