What Is AWS Management Console?

AWS Management Console makes it simple to access the various services offered by Amazon Web Services. In this article, you’ll learn what AWS Management Console is and how it can be used to explore different AWS services.

AWS is the leading Cloud Service provider in the market, and there is no denying it. One of the key reasons to find AWS at the helm of Cloud Computing affairs is the ease of accessing. To help us perform the same, we have AWS Management Console or Console providing the unmatched depth and breadth of AWS straight to your device with a secured web portal. In this blog on AWS Management Console, let’s dive deep into the AWS Management interface. 

Before getting started, let me mark down the key aspects that you can expect in this blog

In this blog, you will learn 

What is AWS Management Console?

Amazon AWS Management Console is a web application that manages AWS. Being a browser-based GUI for AWS, AWS Management Console helps customers to manage their cloud storage, cloud computing, and other resources running on the AWS. It helps you discover over 150 AWS services and experiment with them with free trials. It is thus assisting you to build your cloud-based applications in any AWS data centers throughout the world. 

AWS Management Console provides an in-built interface for users to perform tasks such as launching Amazon EC2 instances and connecting them, working with Amazon S3 buckets, setting Amazon CloudWatch alarms, etc. The Console will make it easy to discover new services, configure services, view their usage, and much more. From updating user groups to building new applications to troubleshooting issues, with the Console, you can take quick action.

It consists of a list of services to choose from and also provides information related to our account, including:

  1. Elastic Compute Cloud: A web-based service that allows businesses to execute application programs in the AWS public record.
  2. Amazon Simple Storage Service: A scalable, high speed, web-based, and low-cost cloud storage service designed for data archiving online backup and application programs.
  3. Amazon Relational Database Service: a perfectly managed SQL database service.
  4. Elastic Load Balancing: a service to AWS load-balancing deployments.
  5. Auto Scaling: a service feature of cloud computing, which automatically adds and removes computing resources based upon actual usage.
  6. AWS OpsWorks: a cloud service from AWS that helps administrators to manage infrastructure deployment.
  7. AWS Identity and Access Management:  a directory service exclusive design to track system users and provide ways to keep track of information on acquiring authentication.
  8. CloudWatch: An AWS component that provides AWS resource monitoring and execution of the customer applications on the Amazon infrastructure.
  9. The AWS Management Console even provides educational resources such as workflows and wizards, to help users adopt the cloud.
  10. An AWS user can also manage accounts like monitoring monthly spending. A user can also deploy new applications and monitor existing ones.
  11. The AWS Management Console allows its users to drag and drop service links to have a personalized view. An AWS user can view applications and resources and group them sharing common tags, and then use the Tag Editor feature to make quick changes across the entire resources group.
  12. The AWS Management Console mobile app allows users to perform an operational task using mobile devices. The user can download the mobile app from the Amazon Appstore, Apple App Store or Google Play. 
  13. The AWS Management Console supports Firefox, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari browsers. Separate consoles are available for iOS and Android.

Getting Started with the AWS Management Console

The AWS Management Console provides distinct ways to navigate individual service consoles.

To open a console for a service

To open the AWS Management Console, you can use any of the following ways:

  • By entering the console name in the search box, and choose the service that you want from the list of search results.
  • Choose a recently visited service that appears under the search box.
  • Choose services and open the list of services. On the top-right of the page, click on the icon Group and see the services listed based on category and select the service that you want.
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Adding and Removing Shortcuts

You can add the most used shortcuts for the consoles.

To add a shortcut, choose the Pushpin icon on the Navigation bar.

Drag the services from the menu to the navigation bar.

You can add and drop the shortcuts onto the navigation bar in your required order.

To remove a shortcut

Choose the pushpin icon on the Navigation menu, then drag the shortcut of the navigation bar.

Choosing a Region

You can select a Region for various services that specify where exactly your resources are managed. You can’t pick a specific region for the Console or some of its services like IAM.

To choose a Region

Choose a service in the AWS Management 

Choose the name of the currently displayed Region on the Navigation bar.

Region Selector

When you select a Region in the Management Console it will become the default region. If the resource that you have created is not appearing in the console, it will be displaying the resources from various areas. Some resources like EC2 instances are created in a particular region.

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How to Change the Password of the AWS account?

If you are the owner of the account, you can change the password for your account anytime using the AWS Management Console. 

Follow these steps to change your account password

  • Step 1: Choose your account name on the Navigation bar.
  • Step 2: Then choose Security Credentials.
  • Step 3: The page varies from account to the account type that you used to sign in. Follow the instructions of the console to get to the page required to change your password.
  • Step 4: On the change password page, enter your current password once and new password twice (the password should consist of at least 8 characters including an uppercase letter, a symbol, a lowercase letter, and a number).
  • Step 5: After updating the password in the password form, choose Change Password or Save changes.

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Getting Billing Information

You can get the billing information of your AWS account by signing in to the AWS Management Console using the password.

To acquire your billing information

  • Choose your account name on the navigation bar.
  • Choose My Billing Dashboard
  • Use the AWS Cost Management and Billing dashboard to find a summary and breakdown of monthly spending. 

Using the Device of Your Choice

The AWS Management Console is designed to work on tablets as well as other device types:

  • Horizontal and Vertical spaces are maximized to show more on your screen.
  • Selectors and Buttons are larger for a better touch experience.

The Management Console is also available as an Android app and iOS. The Management Console app provides mobile-relevant tasks which are an excellent companion to the full web experience.  You can quickly view your existing Amazon EC2 instances and Amazon CloudWatch alarms and can also manage them from your mobile.

You can download the AWS Console mobile app from Amazon Appstore, iTunes, and Google Play.

Accessing Amazon Web Services

As we discussed earlier, AWS can be accessed using the AWS Management Console as it provides a list of options to access. Now, let’s talk about accessing AWS in a sequence.

Step 1: Click on services. We get a list of various services.

Step 2: Among the list of categories available, select the categories, and then we get their subcategories such as Database and Computer category.

Step 3: Choose the services of your choice, and the console of that service will open.

Now comes customizing the dashboard and creating services shortcuts. On the navigation bar, click on the edit menu, then appears a list of services. We can create shortcuts for the selected options by simply dragging them from the menu bar to the navigation bar.

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Features of Management Console in AWS

Let us see some of the features of the AWS Management console that help to boost current revenues with industry-centric approaches. 

Administering AWS Account

The Console facilitates cloud management services through various aspects including managing security credentials, monitoring monthly spending by service, and also setting up of new IAM users. 

Finding Services in the AWS Console

For every action, there are incredible ways for which you can locate or else navigate the required services that you need. The user can easily make use of the search functionality, by expanding the All Services section for browsing through the given list of all the services, offered by AWS and the selected services from the Recently Visited Services Section.

One can also quickly go through the selected Services Menu in given top-level navigation that shows the search functionality and provided lists of services can easily be grouped or else arranged in an alphabetical model. 

Learning More about AWS

The specific features of AWS Console Home Page feature different types of resources which mainly help to learn about the services and features of AWS. It can be used to build solutions in a faster manner. There are probably two sections as follows: 

Building a Solution: A simple section includes automated wizards and workflows to provide a practical solution with ease.

The Learn to Build: It will lead to various aggregated learning and training resources, which is organized by solution type and use case. The given resources include tutorials, self-paced labs, documentation, and project guides.

Pin Service Shortcuts 

Personalize the required AWS console experience by creating some of the shortcuts to have users who visit often. Generate a pin on the global navigation bar, which allows drag and drop service links on this toolbar to have shortcuts.

Resource Groups

With the help of resource groups, one can have the command over different resources to share with certain common tags. The usage of a streamline of the console helps in creating various resource groups for each service, application, and collection of multiple resources that work regularly. 

Tag Editor

The usage of Tag editor will quickly help to manage all the resource types which can support tags in any of the regions. At a time, one can easily apply tag keys and specific values to various multiple resources. It also supports bulk editing and global tag search, which helps to find all the resources with ease. You can even do tag changes across numerous resources with precise few clicks. 

Manage AWS Resources from your Mobile Device 

With the help of AWS console Mobile App, one can easily and quickly view the current resources that include CloudWatch alarms. It also helps to perform some of the required operational tasks from the mobile device. 

Important Requirements

First of all, the essential requirement is an existing AWS account. If the required person completes the sign-in process with an Access Management (IAM) user account and AWS Identity, there is a requirement of account details that includes some of the email addresses from the administrator. 

Requirements of AWS Management Console

Here, we’ll be discussing the needs of the AWS Management Console to access AWS services. If you are an existing AWS user and want to log in, you will provide your account alias used in the email address of your account.

Browsers Support

  • Microsoft Edge
  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Safari Browser

AWS has introduced a new interface for its users, which was improved and modified. However, it has some issues like synchronization, search, and others that rattle the customers. 

AWS Management Console Benefits

The significant features of the Management Console of Amazon Web Service are as follows:

  • AWS Management Console comes with a feature of allowing search using AWS EC2 within the cloud. However, you can pin it using the drag and drop feature for regular use.
  • CloudWatch is the other important feature provided by the Management Console to view your system information easily. However, there exist some drawbacks such as “unable to filter the list of EC2 instances”, and information about running EC2s and S3 Contents.
  • Several new updates arrived which are better than the older ones making it better than any other applications. The user sticks to the service for this unmatched benefit.

Limitations of Management Console in AWS

Till now, we have discussed the working, features, and advantages of the AWS Management Console. Let’s look into its limitations now:

Since there are minimal limitations in the AWS Management Console, the user can update a certification in IAM (Identity and Access Management) through CLI (Common Line Interface). The process cannot be performed using Console.

The user cannot get the details of the Amazon dashboard from the billing systems about the traffic sent out of Amazon.

In case of failures, it is essential to get the information in detail, but Amazon fails in doing so, as it only provides information regarding Direct Connect Link (DCL) whether it is up or down.

It is not possible to edit and modify A-Type records time-to-live in one shot. Moreover, it appears in multiple places on the console.

Editing A-type records and changing time-to-live in one attempt isn’t possible in Console Moreover, it exists in multiple instances on the console.

AWS Free Tier

Amazon Free Tier provides distinct resources to start your work and understand supporting ephemeral workloads by maintaining a state of continued infrastructure. It enables you to control AWS resources like Lambda, EC2, AWS Identity Access Management, and S3.

The free tier is intended to evaluate a purpose and offers enough resources and sufficient time (a whole year) to put the services through their paces and get the hands-on experience you need to make an intelligent decision.

Final Words

You have studied the AWS Management Console, a whole new technology to monitor your work in AWS. It provides the app facility and also a web-based interface. Even though there are some flaws in terms of security, it is the on-demand AWS tool to provide fast and secure results. For any queries regarding this Console, feel free to comment.

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Prasanthi is an expert writer in MongoDB, and has written for various reputable online and print publications. At present, she is working for MindMajix, and writes content not only on MongoDB, but also on Sharepoint, Uipath, and AWS.

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