Working with SSM Agent - AWS Systems Manager

Working with SSM Agent

AWS Systems Manager Agent (SSM Agent) is Amazon software that can be installed and configured on an EC2 instance, an on-premises server, or a virtual machine (VM). SSM Agent makes it possible for Systems Manager to update, manage, and configure these resources. The agent processes requests from the Systems Manager service in the AWS Cloud, and then runs them as specified in the request. SSM Agent then sends status and execution information back to the Systems Manager service by using the Amazon Message Delivery Service (service prefix: ec2messages).

If you monitor traffic, you will see your Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances, and any on-premises servers or VMs in your hybrid environment, communicating with ec2messages.* endpoints. For more information, see Reference: ec2messages, ssmmessages, and other API calls. For information about porting SSM Agent logs to Amazon CloudWatch Logs, see Monitoring AWS Systems Manager.