What is Amazon AWS Management Console?
AWS is recognized as one of the leading Cloud Service Providers. One of the major reasons why AWS tops when it comes to Cloud Computing platforms is that it provides an easy and interactive way to access and manage Amazon Web Services, through AWS Management Console. In this blog on Amazon AWS Management Console, you will be going through all the steps to understand how you can manage and use Amazon Web Services using AWS Console.
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What is AWS Management Console?
AWS provides around 70 different services that are categorized under different domains such as Compute, Storage, Database, Networking, and many more. Using these services, you can transform your applications to be highly scalable and can easily deploy them in the cloud. To use and manage Amazon Web Services, you have AWS Management Console. AWS Management Console is basically a web application that allows users to access and manage any of the resources/services running on the AWS infrastructure. It also provides information related to billing and more.
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Following is the list of some of the tasks that you can perform using AWS Management Console:
- Finding and accessing services
- Creating and deleting service shortcuts
- Selecting regions for region-specific services
- Getting billing information
In this blog, you will learn to use AWS Management Console to do all the above-mentioned tasks. But, before you start using AWS Management Console and explore the endless possibilities of Amazon Web Services, you need to create an account on AWS. So, first, start with creating an account on AWS.
Creating an AWS Account
You can create a fully functional AWS account which is absolutely free for one year. For this, you can visit the official AWS site and click on Create an AWS account. Below are the steps to follow while creating your AWS account so as to get started with Amazon Management Console.
Step 1: This link will take you to the page shown in the following screenshot. You can simply sign in if you already have an account. If not, fill in the details and click on Continue
Step 2: Just follow further online instructions. You will have to provide your credit/debit card details to create the account. Amazon will deduct a small transaction fee against the card to verify if the card is valid. The amount will be minimal and variable as per different regions, and it will be refunded within 2–3 days. After this, you will not be charged for using the free-tier services during the free subscription period (one year)
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Step 3: Next comes the identity verification. You will be a given an option to choose from getting either a verification SMS or an automated call from Amazon
Step 4: After the successful verification, you will have to choose a support plan. You can choose one among Basic Plan, Developer Plan, and Business Plan. The basic plan is free and provides limited access to resources. Choose Basic Plan if you want to opt for a free subscription
Step 5: Now, you just have to sign in again to the console and your account is good to go. Your AWS Management Console would look like the following screenshot:
Getting Started with AWS Management Console
Now that your AWS account is ready, you can login to Amazon Management Console and start performing the tasks such as finding and accessing AWS services, creating service shortcuts, etc. Now, start with accessing Amazon Web Services using AWS Management Console.
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Accessing Amazon Web Services
You can either search for the service you are looking for using the search bar or click on the Services tab available on the top-left corner of the console as shown in the following screenshot:
Creating Service Shortcuts on AWS Console
You can create a shortcut for accessing frequently used services by pinning them to the console. To do this, just click on the pin icon on the console. It will open a list of all services. Check out the following screenshots:
When the list displays, just click and hold on the service that you want to pin to the console and drag it to the top on the main menu bar as shown in the screenshot below:
You can add multiple services on the menu bar and arrange them in any order you like.
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Deleting Service Shortcuts from AWS Console
To delete or remove the pinned services from the menu bar, just click on the pin icon and, when the list of services opens up, drag the service from the menu bar to the list of services and drop it anywhere. This way, the shortcut will be removed.
Selecting AWS Regions
Since some of the AWS services are region-specific, you will need to select a region in order to access and manage the services under that region. The tab next to your name on the top-right corner is the region tab. When you click on it, a drop-down list of various regions will be displayed. You can select any region based on your requirements.
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Changing the Password of an Amazon Account
Using AWS Management Console, you can check your billing information or account details, change the password, and more. To change the password, click on the tab with your account name. Once you do that, a drop-down list with various options will be displayed, from which select My Security Credentials as shown in the screenshot below:
A new page will open up where you can change the password of the account by following the online instructions. You will be asked to login again for authentication purposes.
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