Creating Identity and Access Management (IAM) User – AWS

In this post we will create an Identity and Access Management (IAM) User with administrative permissions for AWS and then we will access AWS using a special URL with the credentials of the newly created IAM user. Steps are as follows:

Create the Administrators group

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the IAM console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/iam/.
  2. In the navigation pane, click Groups, and then click Create New Group.
  3. In the Group Name box, type Administrators , and then click Next Step.
  4. In the list of policies, select the check box next to the AdministratorAccess policy.
  5. Click Next Step, and then click Create Group.

Your new group called “Administrators” is listed under Group Name.

Create an IAM user

  1. In the navigation pane, click Users, and then click Create New Users.
  2. In box 1, type a user name. Clear the check box next to Generate an access key for each user. Then click Create.

Add the user to the Administrators group

  1. In the navigation pane, click Groups.
  2. In the Groups section, click Add User to Groups.
  3. Select the check box next to the Administrators group, then click Add Users to Groups from Group Actions dropdown.
  4. Select the check box next to the user name, then click Add Users.

Create a password for the user

  1. In the navigation pane, click Users, select the user and click Manage Password from User Actions dropdown.
  2. Select Assign a custom password. Then type a password in the Password and Confirm Password boxes, then click Apply.

Is IAM User Created?

  1. Sign out of the AWS console, then use the following URL, https://your_aws_account_id.signin.aws.amazon.com/console/
    where your_aws_account_id is your AWS account number.
  2. Enter the IAM user name and password that you just created. When you’re signed in, the navigation bar displays “your_user_name @ your_aws_account_id”.

Want to know your AWS Account Number?

Sign in as a root user to your AWS Account at following url: https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/home?#/account.

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