Configuring AWS Observer jobs

Using the AWS Observer, you can define jobs that read services data from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) through AWS SDK and generate a topology. The AWS Observer supports multiple Amazon web services such as EC2 for its 'elastic compute' services.

Before you begin

Important: The AWS Observer supports the cloud and SaaS AWS version 1.11.

The AWS Observer supports EC2 service and currently processes EC2 resources in the following order. When the account in use has insufficient privileges to access a resource, the observer skips the resource(s) and proceed to the next one.

  • Instance
  • AvailabilityZones
  • NetworkInterfaces
  • Volumes
  • SecurityGroups
  • VPCs
  • Subnets
  • RouteTables

Important: As a minimum, the account in use must have the DescribeInstances policy, or the observer job fails. For more information, see Identity and access management for Amazon EC2.

About this task

You define and start the following job.

Full Topology Upload job

By default, Load jobs are one-off, transient jobs that do a full upload of all requested topology data as soon as they are triggered.

You can also run these jobs (again) from the Observer UI, or schedule them to run at set times when configuring them.


Define or edit the following parameters, then click Run job to save and run the job.

Encryption requirement: See the Configuring observer jobs security topic for more information.

Parameter Action Details
Unique ID Enter a unique name for the job Required
Data Tenant Specify the unique data tenant name to track the discovered data for each job. Required
Access Key Specify the AWS access key Required
Secret Key Specify the AWS secret key Required
Region Specify the AWS region or multiple regions to discover Required
Property to exclude Single or multiple properties to exclude Optional
Proxy Specify the proxy (true or false) Required. If set to true, you must supply the proxy host, port and protocol.
Proxy Host Specify the proxy host Optional (unless proxy is set to true)
Proxy Port Specify the proxy port Optional (unless proxy is set to true)
Proxy Protocol Specify the proxy protocol Optional (unless proxy is set to true)
Generate debug support file Set this parameter to 'True' in order to capture the output of the next scheduled job run as a file. This file will be stored with an observer's log files and can be used to debug observer issues, for example at the request of your designated Support team, or while using a test environment. For one-off jobs (that is, Load jobs), this parameter reverts to 'False' after the next completed run. To examine the output produced, you can load the generated debug file using the File Observer. Optional
Job schedule Specify when the job runs Optional. Load jobs only.
Observer job description Enter additional information to describe the job Optional