Amazon WorkSpaces Service
API Reference (API Version 2015-04-08)

Logging Amazon WorkSpaces API Calls by Using CloudTrail

The Amazon WorkSpaces API is integrated with AWS CloudTrail, a service that provides a record of actions taken by a user, role, or an AWS service in Amazon WorkSpaces. CloudTrail captures API calls for Amazon WorkSpaces as events. The calls captured include calls from the Amazon WorkSpaces console and code calls to the Amazon WorkSpaces API operations. If you create a trail, you can enable continuous delivery of CloudTrail events to an Amazon S3 bucket, including events for Amazon WorkSpaces. If you don't configure a trail, you can still view the most recent events in the CloudTrail console in Event history. Using the information collected by CloudTrail, you can determine the request that was made to Amazon WorkSpaces, the IP address from which the request was made, who made the request, when it was made, and additional details.

To learn more about CloudTrail, including how to configure and enable it, see the AWS CloudTrail User Guide.

Amazon WorkSpaces Information in CloudTrail

CloudTrail is enabled on your AWS account when you create the account. When supported event activity occurs in Amazon WorkSpaces, that activity is recorded in a CloudTrail event along with other AWS service events in Event history. For example, calls to create, rebuild, or terminate WorkSpaces generate entries in CloudTrail log files. For more information, see Actions.

You can view, search, and download recent events in your AWS account. For more information, see Viewing Events with CloudTrail Event History.

For an ongoing record of events in your AWS account, including events for Amazon WorkSpaces, create a trail. A trail enables CloudTrail to deliver log files to an Amazon S3 bucket. By default, when you create a trail in the console, the trail applies to all AWS Regions. The trail logs events from all Regions in the AWS partition and delivers the log files to the Amazon S3 bucket that you specify. Additionally, you can configure other AWS services to further analyze and act upon the event data collected in CloudTrail logs. For more information, see the following:

Example: Amazon WorkSpaces Log File Entry

A trail is a configuration that enables delivery of events as log files to an Amazon S3 bucket that you specify. CloudTrail log files contain one or more log entries. An event represents a single request from any source and includes information about the requested action, the date and time of the action, request parameters, and so on. CloudTrail log files aren't an ordered stack trace of the public API calls, so they don't appear in any specific order.

Any sensitive information, such as passwords, authentication tokens, file comments, and file contents are redacted in the log entries.

The following shows an example of a CloudTrail log entry for Amazon WorkSpaces.

{ "Records" : [ { "eventVersion" : "1.02", "userIdentity" : { "type" : "IAMUser", "principalId" : "user_id", "arn" : "user_arn", "accountId" : "account_id", "accessKeyId" : "access_key_id", "userName" : "username" }, "eventTime" : "event_time", "eventSource" : "workspaces.amazonaws.com", "eventName" : "DescribeWorkspaces", "awsRegion" : "region", "sourceIPAddress" : "IP_address", "userAgent" : "user_agent", "requestParameters" : { "requestContext" : { "awsAccountId" : "account_id" } }, "responseElements" : { "workspaces" : [ { "bundleId" : "bundle_id", "userName" : "workspace_user_name", "ipAddress" : ";ip_address", "directoryId" : ";directory_id", "state" : "state", "workspaceId" : "workspace_id", "subnetId" : "subnet_id" } ] }, "requestID" : "request_id", "eventID" : "event_id", "eventType" : "AwsApiCall", "recipientAccountId" : "account_id" } ] }