AWS Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services
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Task Reference

This reference describes the tasks that are included in the AWS Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services.


You must have an AWS account. For information on setting up an account, see Sign Up for an AWS Account in Getting Started.

Each task requires that AWS credentials for your account be available to the build agent running your task. Each task also requires the region in which the API calls to AWS services will be made.

You can do one of the following:

  • Specify credentials explicitly for each task. Do this by configuring a named service endpoint (of endpoint type AWS) and then referring to the endpoint name in the AWS Credentials field for each task. For information about this method, see the topic on Supplying Task Credentials using a Service Endpoint.

    In this case, the AWS region can be set in the AWS Region property of a task.

  • Supply credentials and region to tasks using environment variables in the process hosting the build agent.

  • If your build agent is running on an Amazon EC2 instance you can also elect to have credentials (and region) be obtained automatically from the instance metadata associated with the instance. For credentials to be available from EC2 instance metadata the instance must have been started with an instance profile referencing a role granting permissions to the task to make calls to AWS on your behalf. See Using an IAM Role to Grant Permissions to Applications Running on Amazon EC2 Instances for more information

Note: If you choose to use an AWS Service Endpoint to supply credentials to tasks we strongly recommend using an AWS Identity and Access Management user account, with appropriate permissions to scope the privileges of the user account to only those needed to execute the tasks you need.