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In this article, we are going to take a look at getting started with AWS, finding your Access and Secret Access Key, and getting the necessary coding tools set up.
Setting Up Your AWS Account
The first order of business is setting up your account with AWS. This is a simple task, which includes the following steps:
- Visit the AWS Homepage
- Create your free account by following the online instructions
- Follow the Amazon recommendation for creating a separate Identity and Asset Management (IAM) group
How to get your AWS Access Key and Secret Access Key
Once you have your AWS account set up and you’re ready to get started, the next big step is getting your AWS Access Key ID and AWS secret Access Key. The process to retrieve your AWS Secret Access Key is detailed in the following steps:
Begin by visiting your AWS console and log in to your account.
Next, click on the account name (your name) to bring down the drop down Menu.
In the drop down menu, click on “Security Credentials” option. When the window populates, click on “Continue to Security Credentials”.
To view existing Access Keys, simply click on “Access Keys (Access Key ID and Secret Access Key)”
If you need to create a new Access Key, click on “Create New Access Key”
Your Access Keys should look as follows:
You may download credentials with the “Download Report” option, which is found in the left menu under “Credential Report”.
NOTE: You should download the Access Key, because once created you will only have the opportunity to view the Secret Access Key once. The Keys should be stored in a secure location.
How to get your IAM Access Keys
Viewing and managing the IAM users is done in much the same way as just described with the AWS Access Key and AWS Secret Access Key options.
There are a number of reasons why AWS uses the IAM system, which Amazon describes the features here.
To manage and view the IAM features, you can follow the below steps:
Visit your AWS console and log in to your account.
Next, click on the account name to bring down the drop down Menu.
In the drop down menu, click on “Security Credentials”, which you will want to click on “Get Started with IAM Users”.
At this point you may manage the IAM credentials, as well as create new credentials in the same way that was done with the Access Key process above.
NOTE: You will only be able to view the Secret Key once, which is upon Access Key creation. It is important to download and store this information in a secure location.
The AWS Tools You Need
AWS provides sample code if you plan to interact with Amazon SQS through the AWS Management system.
Amazon will provide you with the sample code for for Java and C# only, but you may utilize the language of your choice.
You can download the Framework Environment for Java sample code at the following location:
You can download the Framework Environment for C# sample code from the following location:
With this guide, you are now equipped to get started with your AWS Platform and customizing it to your organization’s needs.
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