Document history - AWS Well-Architected Tool

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Document history

The following table describes the documentation for this release of the AWS Well-Architected Tool.

  • API version: latest

  • Latest documentation update: November 26, 2023

ChangeDescriptionDate

Updated functionality

This release adds the Lens Catalog feature to AWS WA Tool.

November 26, 2023

Updated functionality

This release adds the Review Templates feature to AWS WA Tool.

October 3, 2023

WellArchitectedConsoleReadOnlyAccess managed policy updated

Added "wellarchitected:ExportLens" to WellArchitectedConsoleReadOnlyAccess.

June 22, 2023

Updated functionality

This release adds the Profiles feature to AWS WA Tool.

June 13, 2023

Updated functionality

This release enhances the AWS Trusted Advisor and AWS Service Catalog AppRegistry integration, and adds the AWSWellArchitectedDiscoveryServiceRolePolicy to AWS managed policies.

May 3, 2023

Content update

Dashboard page updated to include detailed risk and improvement plan information. The ability to create a consolidated workload report was also added.

March 30, 2023

Content update

Corrected name of WellArchitectedConsoleReadOnlyAccess policy.

January 19, 2023

Updated the IAM guidance for AWS WA Tool

Updated guide to align with the IAM best practices. For more information, see Security best practices in IAM.

January 4, 2023

Updated functionality

This release removes the FTR lens from the tool.

December 14, 2022

Updated functionality

This release adds the AWS Trusted Advisor and AWS Service Catalog AppRegistry integration.

November 7, 2022

Content update

Corrected a problem in the custom lens JSON example for choices.

September 29, 2022

Content update

The choices section of the custom lens JSON specification was updated.

August 2, 2022

Updated functionality

This release adds tracking changes for its AWS managed policies and added a new action to grant the ListAWSServiceAccessForOrganization permission to the AWSWellArchitectedOrganizationsServiceRolePolicy.

July 22, 2022

Organization sharing added

This release adds the ability to share workloads and custom lenses with an organization and organization units (OUs).

June 30, 2022

Updated functionality

This release adds the ability to specify additional resources for choices in a custom lens, to preview a custom lens before publishing it, and add tags to custom lenses.

June 21, 2022

Updated functionality

This release adds the ability to access the AWS Well-Architected community on AWS re:Post.

May 31, 2022

Updated functionality

This release adds the sustainability pillar and minor updates to Tutorial.

March 31, 2022

EventBridge support added

AWS WA Tool now sends an event to Amazon EventBridge when a change is made to a Well-Architected resource.

March 3, 2022

Custom lenses added

The ability to add custom lenses has been added.

November 29, 2021

Updated functionality

Individual best practices can now be marked as not applicable.

July 14, 2021

Resource tagging available

This release adds the ability to add tags to workloads.

March 3, 2021

API now available

This release adds the AWS WA Tool API. AWS CloudTrail logging information added.

December 16, 2020

Updated functionality

This release adds the FTR and SaaS lenses to the tool.

December 3, 2020

Data protection updated

Data protection information updated.

November 5, 2020

Content update

Clarified that after you upgrade a workload to use a new lens that you cannot go back to the previous version.

July 8, 2020

Content update

Clarified sharing in AWS Regions introduced after March 20, 2019.

June 24, 2020

Updated functionality

Access to a workload share is removed immediately when a workload share invitation is rejected. Shared access is granted when the share is accepted.

June 17, 2020

Content update

Definitions for high risk issues (HRIs) and medium risk issues (MRIs) added.

June 12, 2020

Content update

Section on how AWS uses your data was added.

May 21, 2020

Updated functionality

This release adds a review owner to the workload.

April 1, 2020

Updated functionality

This release adds an architectural diagram link to the workload.

March 10, 2020

Content update

Clarified that workload shares are AWS Region-specific.

January 10, 2020

Updated functionality

This release adds workload sharing.

January 9, 2020

Content update

Security section updated with latest guidance.

December 6, 2019

Updated functionality

This release makes the industry fields optional when defining a workload.

August 19, 2019

Updated functionality

This release adds improvement plan items to the workload report.

July 29, 2019

Updated functionality

The release adds the DeleteWorkload action to the policy.

July 18, 2019

Content update

The content in this guide has been updated with minor fixes.

June 19, 2019

Content update

The content in this guide has been updated with minor fixes.

May 30, 2019

Updated functionality

This release supports upgrading the version of the framework used for a workload review.

May 1, 2019

Updated functionality

This release adds the ability to specify non-AWS Regions when defining a workload.

February 14, 2019

AWS Well-Architected Tool general availability

This release introduces the AWS Well-Architected Tool.

November 29, 2018