AWS Systems Manager
User Guide

Use Cases and Best Practices

This topic lists common use cases and best practices for AWS Systems Manager capabilities. If available, this topic also includes links to relevant blog posts and technical documentation.


The title of each section here is an active link to the corresponding section in the technical documentation.



  • Use Systems Manager Inventory with AWS Config to audit your application configurations over time.

Maintenance Windows

  • Define a schedule to perform potentially disruptive actions on your instances such as OS patching, driver updates, or software installations.

Patch Manager

  • Use patch manager to rollout patches at scale and increase fleet compliance visibility across your instances.

State Manager