IAM Roles for EC2 - Overview
IAM Roles for EC2 allow you to access Amazon S3 storage from EC2 without transferring your Access Key ID and Secret Access Key to the instance.
You define the Role in your IAM AWS Console and launch the EC2 instance with this role. Applications running on such instance are now able to obtain temporary Access Keys from instance metadata. These access keys are rotated during the day providing you an additional layer of security.
To connect to Amazon S3 from EC2 via IAM Role:
1. Start S3 Browser and click Accounts -> Add New Account.Click Accounts -> Add New Account
Add New Account dialog will open:Add New Amazon S3 from EC2 via IAM Role Account dialog
2. Enter Account Name - any name of your choice to label the account.
3. Choose Amazon S3 on EC2 via IAM Role as Account Type.
4. Click Add new account.
You can now choose the newly added account from the accounts menu:Click Accounts -> Account Name to switch between accounts.
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