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How to Start with Elastic Cloud Gate

After successful registration, the first login will redirect you to the page where you have to setup your AWS API Credential:

Credentials
  • Account Name: this name will be used to identify given AWS account. It will appear on drop down list, on each page where you can switch between accounts.
  • Account Number: It is your AWS account number. To get this number login to AWS Management Console and then go to My Account. https://console.aws.amazon.com/billing/home?#/account
    This number will be visible as Account ID under Account Settings.
  • AWS Access Key: see below
  • AWS Secret Key: see below

After you provide all necessary information click “Add New Account”. The entered credential will be verified, and if correct you will be able to start using our portal.

To protect our clients, we have very restricted policy regarding storing credential. All access keys are encrypted and stored safely.

What are access keys?

Access keys consist of an “Access Key ID” and “Secret Access Key”, which are required to make API call to AWS web services.

There are two access keys:

  • Root account access keys
  • IAM user access key

Root Access Keys

Root access keys are keys created directly under your master AWS account. These keys have full permission to access all features provided by AWS API. Using master keys you won’t be able to limit permission.

Although we are not recommending to use this kind of access keys, below you will find how to create them step by step:

  1. Login to AWS Management Console
  2. From the top menu select “Security Credentials”
    Root Access Keys
  3. Expend “Access Keys (Access Key ID and Secret Access Key)
    Root Access Keys
  4. Click “Create New Access Key”
    Root Access Keys
  5. Click “Download Key File”
    All access keys will be located inside “Download File”. Remember to keep this file in secure location.

    Root Access Keys

If you have decided to use Root Access Keys, to increase security we recommend to rotate key(s) every few months by creating a new one, and updating your account settings under our portal.

IAM User Access Keys

Those access keys can be created for every IAM user. Because this type of key requires specific permission for actions and resources, it makes them more secured than Root Keys; therefore we strongly recommend to create IAM user and provide his key on our portal.

Here is how to create IAM and get access keys:

  1. Login to AWS Management Console
  2. Click “IAM” under Deployment & Management section
    IAM User Access Keys
  3. Click “Users” on the left hand site
    IAM User Access Keys
  4. Click “Create New Users”
    IAM User Access Keys
  5. Enter user name. Please make sure that “Generate an access key for each user” box is checked
    IAM User Access Keys
  6. Click “Create”
  7. Click “Download Credentials”
    *All access keys will be inside download file. Remember to keep this file in secure location.

    IAM User Access Keys
  8. Go back to Users and click on newly created user
    IAM User Access Keys
  9. Click “Attach User Policy”
    IAM User Access Keys
  10. Select a policy template or generate a new policy. To get access to all features offered by our portal, you can select “Administrator Access” template
    IAM User Access Keys
  11. Click “Apply Policy”
    IAM User Access Keys
    IAM User Access Keys

*The policy can be changed at any time

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