Adding an Amazon EC2 account

When an Amazon EC2 account is added to IBM Spectrum® Protect Plus, an inventory of the instances that are associated with the account is captured. You can then run backup and restore jobs and generate reports for the instances.

Before you begin

An access key is required to add an EC2 account. The access key enables IBM Spectrum Protect Plus to connect to and inventory EC2 instances for data protection. Access keys that are already entered in IBM Spectrum Protect Plus are provided in a selection list. If the access key that you want to use is not in the list, you must add the access key and security key. Ensure that you have the access key and secret key that you want to add.


To add an EC2 account, complete the following steps:

  1. In the navigation panel, click Manage Protection > Virtualized Systems > Amazon EC2.
  2. Click Manage Accounts.
  3. Click Add Account.
  4. Populate the fields in the Account Properties section:
    Account Name
    Enter a meaningful name to identify the access key that you select for the account.
    Use existing access key
    To specify a previously entered access key for the account, select this option and then select the key from the Select a key list.
    If you do not select this option, complete the following fields to add a key.
    Access Key
    Enter the access key.
    Secret Key
    Enter the secret key.
  5. Click Save.
    IBM Spectrum Protect Plus confirms a network connection, adds the EC2 account to the database, and then catalogs the account instances.
    If a message indicates that the connection is unsuccessful, review your entries. If your entries are correct and the connection is unsuccessful, contact a network administrator to review the connection.

What to do next

When you add an EC2 account to IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, an inventory is automatically run on each instance that is associated with the account. Instances must be detected to ensure that they can be backed up. You can run a manual inventory at any time to detect updates. For instructions about running a manual inventory, see Detecting Amazon EC2 instances.