Landing Zone Accelerator on AWS - v1.5.2

Landing Zone Accelerator on AWS

The Landing Zone Accelerator on AWS (LZA) is architected to align with AWS best practices and in conformance with multiple, global compliance frameworks. We recommend customers deploy AWS Control Tower as the foundational landing zone and enhance their landing zone capabilities with Landing Zone Accelerator. These complementary capabilities provides a comprehensive low-code solution across 35+ AWS services to manage and govern a multi-account environment built to support customers with highly-regulated workloads and complex compliance requirements. AWS Control Tower and Landing Zone Accelerator help you establish platform readiness with security, compliance, and operational capabilities.

Landing Zone Accelerator is provided as an open-source project that is built using the AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK). You install directly into your environment to get full access to the infrastructure as code (IaC) solution. Through a simplified set of configuration files, you are able to configure additional functionality, controls and security services (eg. AWS Managed Config Rules, and AWS Security Hub), manage your foundational networking topology (eg. VPCs, Transit Gateways, and Network Firewall), and generate additional workload accounts using the AWS Control Tower Account Factory.

There are no additional charges or upfront commitments required to use Landing Zone Accelerator on AWS. You pay only for AWS services enabled in order to set up your platform and operate your controls. This solution can also support non-standard AWS partitions, including AWS GovCloud (US), and the US Secret and Top Secret regions.

For an overview and solution deployment guide, please visit Landing Zone Accelerator on AWS

IMPORTANT: This solution will not, by itself, make you compliant. It provides the foundational infrastructure from which additional complementary solutions can be integrated. The information contained in this solution implementation guide is not exhaustive. You must be review, evaluate, assess, and approve the solution in compliance with your organization’s particular security features, tools, and configurations. It is the sole responsibility of you and your organization to determine which regulatory requirements are applicable and to ensure that you comply with all requirements. Although this solution discusses both the technical and administrative requirements, this solution does not help you comply with the non-technical administrative requirements.

This solution collects anonymized operational metrics to help AWS improve the quality of features of the solution. For more information, including how to disable this capability, please see the implementation guide.

Included Services, Features, and Configuration References

The latest version of our configuration reference is hosted here: Direct links to specific service configuration references are included in the following sections.

Documentation for previous minor releases:

NOTE: You can navigate to patch release versions of the solution's configuration reference by modifying the version number of the URL. For example, to navigate to v1.3.2 documentation, you can use

Account Configuration

Used to manage all of the AWS accounts within the AWS Organization. Adding a new account configuration to accounts-config.yaml will invoke the account creation process from Landing Zone Accelerator on AWS.

Service / Feature Resource Base Configuration Service / Feature Configuration Details
AWS Accounts Account AccountsConfig AccountConfig / GovCloudAccountConfig Define commercial or GovCloud (US) accounts to be deployed by the accelerator.

Global Configuration

Used to manage all of the global properties that can be inherited across the AWS Organization. Defined in global-config.yaml.

Service / Feature Resource Base Configuration Service / Feature Configuration Details
AWS Backup Backup Vaults GlobalConfig BackupConfig Define AWS Backup Vaults that can be used to store backups in accounts across the AWS Organization.
AWS Budgets Budget Reports GlobalConfig / ReportConfig BudgetReportConfig Define Budget report configurations for account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).
AWS CloudTrail Organization and Account Trails GlobalConfig / LoggingConfig CloudTrailConfig When specified, Organization and/or account-level trails are deployed.
Amazon CloudWatch Log Group Dynamic Partitioning GlobalConfig / LoggingConfig CloudWatchLogsConfig Custom partition values for CloudWatch Log Groups sent to centralized logging S3 bucket.
AWS Control Tower Control Tower GlobalConfig ControlTowerConfig It is recommended that AWS Control Tower is enabled, if available, in the desired home region for your environment prior to installing the accelerator. When enabled, the accelerator will integrate with resources and guardrails deployed by AWS Control Tower.
AWS Control Tower Control Tower Controls GlobalConfig ControlTowerControlConfig Define AWS Control Tower controls to be deployed into organizational unit(s).
AWS Cost and Usage Cost and Usage Report GlobalConfig / ReportConfig CostAndUsageReportConfig Define a global Cost and Usage report configuration for the AWS Organization.
AWS Regions Enabled Regions GlobalConfig GlobalConfig.enabledRegions Define one or more AWS Regions for the solution to manage.
Amazon S3 Lifecycle Rules GlobalConfig / LoggingConfig AccessLogBucketConfig / CentralLogBucketConfig Define global lifecycle rules for S3 access log buckets and the central log bucket deployed by the accelerator.
AWS Systems Manager Session Manager Session Manager logging configuration GlobalConfig / LoggingConfig SessionManagerConfig Define global logging configuration settings for Session Manager.
AWS Systems Manager Parameter Store GlobalConfig SsmParametersConfig Define parameters to be stored in SSM Parameter Store.
AWS SNS Topics SNS Topics Configuration GlobalConfig SnsTopicConfig Define SNS topics for notifications.
AWS Tags Tags Configuration GlobalConfig GlobalConfig.tags Define tags to apply to Landing Zone Accelerator created resources.

Identity and Access Management (IAM) Configuration

Used to manage all of the IAM resources across the AWS Organization. Defined in iam-config.yaml.

Service / Feature Resource Base Configuration Service / Feature Configuration Details
AWS IAM Users IamConfig UserSetConfig Define IAM users to be deployed to specified account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).
AWS IAM Groups IamConfig GroupSetConfig Define IAM groups to be deployed to specified account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).
AWS IAM Policies IamConfig PolicySetConfig Define customer-managed IAM policies to be deployed to specified account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).
AWS IAM Roles IamConfig RoleSetConfig Define customer-managed IAM roles to be deployed to specified account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).
AWS IAM SAML identity providers IamConfig SamlProviderConfig Define a SAML identity provider to allow federated IAM access to the AWS Organization.
AWS IAM Identity Center Permission sets IamConfig IdentityCenterConfig Define IAM Identity Center (formerly AWS SSO) permission sets and assignments.
AWS Managed Microsoft AD Managed directory IamConfig ManagedActiveDirectoryConfig Define a Managed Microsoft AD directory.

Network Configuration

Used to manage and implement network resources to establish a WAN/LAN architecture to support cloud operations and application workloads in AWS. Defined in network-config.yaml.

Service / Feature Resource Base Configuration Service / Feature Configuration Details
Delete Default Amazon VPC Default VPC NetworkConfig DefaultVpcsConfig If enabled, deletes the default VPC in each account and region managed by the accelerator.
AWS Direct Connect Gateways, virtual interfaces, and gateway associations NetworkConfig DxGatewayConfig Define Direct Connect gateways, virtual interfaces, and Direct Connect Gateway associations.
Amazon Elastic Load Balancing Gateway Load Balancers, endpoint services, and endpoints NetworkConfig / CentralNetworkServicesConfig GwlbConfig Define a centrally-managed Gateway Load Balancer with an associated VPC endpoint service. Define Gateway Load Balancer endpoints that consume the service, allowing for deep packet inspection of workloads.
AWS Network Firewall Network Firewalls, policies, and rule groups NetworkConfig / CentralNetworkServicesConfig NfwConfig Define centrally-managed firewall rule groups and policies. Define Network Firewall endpoints that consume the policies, allowing for deep packet inspection of workloads.
Amazon Route 53 Resolver Resolver endpoints, rules, DNS firewall rule groups, and query logging configurations NetworkConfig / CentralNetworkServicesConfig ResolverConfig Define centrally-managed Resolver endpoints, Resolver rules, DNS firewall rule groups, and query logging configurations. DNS firewall rule groups, Resolver rules, and query logging configurations can be associated to VPCs defined in VpcConfig / VpcTemplatesConfig.
AWS Site-to-Site VPN Customer gateways and VPN connections NetworkConfig CustomerGatewayConfig Define Customer gateways and VPN connections that terminate on Transit Gateways or Virtual Private Gateways.
AWS Transit Gateway Transit Gateways and Transit Gateway route tables NetworkConfig TransitGatewayConfig Define Transit Gateways to deploy to a specified account and region in the AWS Organization.
AWS Transit Gateway Transit Gateway peering connections NetworkConfig TransitGatewayPeeringConfig Create Transit Gateway peering connections between two Transit Gateways defined in TransitGatewayConfig.
Amazon VPC Customer-managed prefix lists NetworkConfig PrefixListConfig Define customer-managed prefix lists to deploy to account(s) and region(s) in the AWS Organization. Prefix lists can be referenced in place of CIDR ranges in subnet route tables, security groups, and Transit Gateway route tables.
Amazon VPC DHCP options sets NetworkConfig DhcpOptsConfig Define custom DHCP options sets to deploy to account(s) and region(s) in the AWS Organization. DHCP options sets can be used by VPCs defined in VpcConfig / VpcTemplatesConfig.
Amazon VPC Flow Logs (global) NetworkConfig VpcFlowLogsConfig Define a global VPC flow log configuration for VPCs deployed by the accelerator. VPC-specific flow logs can also be created in VpcConfig / VpcTemplatesConfig.
Amazon VPC VPCs, subnets, security groups, NACLs, route tables, NAT Gateways, and VPC endpoints NetworkConfig VpcConfig Define VPCs to deploy to a specified account and region in the AWS Organization.
Amazon VPC VPC endpoint policies NetworkConfig EndpointPolicyConfig Define custom VPC endpoint policies to deploy to account(s) and region(s) in the AWS Organization. Endpoint policies can be used by interface endpoints and/or gateway endpoints defined in VpcConfig / VpcTemplatesConfig.
Amazon VPC VPC peering connections NetworkConfig VpcPeeringConfig Create a peering connection between two VPCs defined in VpcConfig. NOTE: Not supported with VPCs deployed using VpcTemplatesConfig.
Amazon VPC IP Address Manager (IPAM) IPAM pools and scopes NetworkConfig / CentralNetworkServicesConfig IpamConfig Enable IPAM delegated administrator and configuration settings for IPAM pools and scopes. NOTE: IPAM is required for VPCs and subnets configured to use dynamic IPAM CIDR allocations.
Amazon VPC Templates VPCs, subnets, security groups, NACLs, route tables, NAT Gateways, and VPC endpoints NetworkConfig VpcTemplatesConfig Deploys a standard-sized VPC to multiple defined account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).

AWS Organizations Configuration

Used to manage organizational units and policies in the AWS Organization. Defined in organization-config.yaml.

Service / Feature Resource Base Configuration Service / Feature Configuration Details
AWS Account Quarantine Quarantine OrganizationConfig QuarantineNewAccountsConfig If enabled, a Service Control Policy (SCP) is applied to newly-created accounts that denies all API actions from principles outside of the accelerator. This SCP is stripped from the new account when the accelerator completes resource provisioning for the new account.
AWS Organizations Backup Policies OrganizationConfig BackupPolicyConfig Define organizational backup policies to be deployed to account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).
AWS Organizations Organizational Units OrganizationConfig OrganizationalUnitConfig Define organizational units (OUs) for the AWS Organization. NOTE: When using AWS Control Tower, OUs must be registered in the Control Tower console prior to defining them in the configuration.
AWS Organizations Service Control Policies (SCPs) OrganizationConfig ServiceControlPolicyConfig Define organizational service control policies to be deployed to account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).
AWS Organizations Tag Policies OrganizationConfig TaggingPolicyConfig Define organizational tag policies to be deployed to account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).

Security Configuration

Used to manage configuration of AWS security services. Defined in security-config.yaml.

Service / Feature Resource Base Configuration Service / Feature Configuration Details
AWS Audit Manager Audit Manager SecurityConfig / CentralSecurityServicesConfig AuditManagerConfig Enable Audit Manager delegated administrator and configuration settings.
Amazon CloudWatch Metrics, Alarms, and Log Groups SecurityConfig CloudWatchConfig Define CloudWatch metrics, alarms, and log groups to deploy into account(s) and/or organizational unit(s). You can also import existing log groups into your configuration.
AWS Config Config Recorder, Delivery Channel, Rules, and Remediations SecurityConfig AwsConfig Define an AWS Config Recorder, Delivery Channel, and custom and/or managed rule sets to deploy across the AWS Organization.
Amazon Detective Detective SecurityConfig / CentralSecurityServicesConfig DetectiveConfig Enable Detective delegated administrator and configuration settings. Note: Requires Amazon GuardDuty to be enabled for at least 48 hours.
Amazon EBS Default Volume Encryption SecurityConfig / CentralSecurityServicesConfig EbsDefaultVolumeEncryptionConfig Enable EBS default volume encryption across the AWS Organization.
Amazon GuardDuty GuardDuty SecurityConfig / CentralSecurityServicesConfig GuardDutyConfig Enable GuardDuty delegated administrator and configuration settings.
AWS IAM Access Analyzer SecurityConfig AccessAnalyzerConfig If enabled, IAM Access Analyzer analyzes policies and reports a list of findings for resources that grant public or cross-account access from outside your AWS Organizations in the IAM console and through APIs.
AWS IAM Password Policy SecurityConfig IamPasswordPolicyConfig Define a password policy for IAM users in the AWS Organization.
AWS KMS Customer-Managed Keys SecurityConfig KeyManagementServiceConfig Define customer-managed KMS keys to be deployed to account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).
Amazon Macie Macie SecurityConfig / CentralSecurityServicesConfig MacieConfig Enable Macie delegated administrator and configuration settings.
Amazon S3 S3 Public Access Block SecurityConfig / CentralSecurityServicesConfig S3PublicAccessBlockConfig Enable S3 public access block setting across the AWS Organization.
AWS Security Hub Security Hub SecurityConfig / CentralSecurityServicesConfig SecurityHubConfig Enable Security Hub delegated administrator and configuration settings.
Amazon SNS Subscriptions SecurityConfig / CentralSecurityServicesConfig SnsSubscriptionConfig Configure email subscriptions for security-related SNS notifications. NOTE: DEPRECATED Use SnsTopicConfig in the global configuration instead.
AWS Systems Manager Automation Automation Documents SecurityConfig / CentralSecurityServicesConfig SsmAutomationConfig Define SSM Automation Documents to be deployed to account(s) and/or organizational unit(s).

Customization Configuration

Used to manage configuration of custom applications and CloudFormation stacks. Defined in the optional file customizations-config.yaml.

Service / Feature Resource Base Configuration Service / Feature Configuration Details
AWS CloudFormation Stacks CustomizationsConfig / CustomizationConfig CloudFormationStackConfig Define custom CloudFormation Stacks.
AWS CloudFormation StackSets CustomizationsConfig / CustomizationConfig CloudFormationStackSetConfig Define custom CloudFormation Stacksets.
Amazon Elastic Load Balancing Application Load Balancers CustomizationsConfig / AppConfigItem ApplicationLoadBalancerConfig Define an Application Load Balancer to be used for a custom application.
Amazon Elastic Load Balancing Network Load Balancers CustomizationsConfig / AppConfigItem NetworkLoadBalancerConfig Define a Network Load Balancer to be used for a custom application.
Amazon Elastic Load Balancing Target Groups CustomizationsConfig / AppConfigItem TargetGroupItemConfig Define a Target Group to be used with an Elastic Load Balancer.
Amazon EC2 Autoscaling Groups CustomizationsConfig / AppConfigItem AutoScalingConfig Define an autoscaling group to be used for a custom application.
Amazon EC2 Launch Template CustomizationsConfig / AppConfigItem LaunchTemplateConfig Define a launch template to be used for a custom application.
Amazon EC2 Next-generation firewalls (standalone or autoscaling) and firewall management appliances CustomizationsConfig Ec2FirewallConfig Define third-party EC2-based firewall appliances.
AWS Service Catalog Portfolios, products, and shares CustomizationsConfig / CustomizationConfig PortfolioConfig Define Service Catalog portfolios, products, and grant access permissions. You may also share portfolios to other accounts and OUs.

Other Services and Features

Other mandatory and non-configurable services/features deployed by the solution are described in the Architecture overview and Architecture details section of the solution Implementation Guide.

Centralized Logging

The Landing Zone Accelerator Centralized Logging solution provides the ability to consolidate and manage log files from various sources into a Centralized Logging Account. This enables users to consolidate logs such as audit logs for access, configuration changes, and billing events. You can also collect Amazon CloudWatch Logs from multiple accounts and AWS Regions. The following sections discuss the types of logs that are centralized and the mechanisms used by the accelerator to centralize them.

Supported Log Types

  • ELB Access Logs
  • VPC Flow Logs
  • Macie Reports
  • Cost and Usage Reports
  • Config History
  • Config Snapshots
  • GuardDuty Findings
  • CloudWatch Logs
  • CloudTrail Digest
  • CloudTrail Insights
  • CloudTrail Logs
  • S3 Server Access Logs
  • SSM Inventory
  • SSM Session Manager
  • Security Hub Findings

Log Centralization Methods

  • S3 Replication - Log types that do not support service-native central logging methods or logging to CloudWatch Logs are stored in account-specific S3 buckets. These buckets are configured with an S3 replication rule to replicate logs to centralized logging S3 bucket in the central logging account.
  • Service-Native - The AWS Service writes directly to the centralized logging bucket in the central logging account.
  • Log Streaming - Some services do not support native centralized logging capability and do not allow writing directly to S3 in a centralized account. In order to enable this functionality, the accelerator utilizes CloudWatch and native log forwarding capabilities via the following workflow:
    • Log Group is created in CloudWatch.
    • A subscription filter is added to the CloudWatch Log Group.
    • The subscription filter points to a Log Destination.
    • The Log Destination is a region specific Kinesis Stream in the Central Logging Account.
      • Each enabled region has its own Kinesis Stream in the Central Logging Account.
    • The Kinesis Streams are forwarded into a Kinesis Firehose in the same specific region.
    • The logs are processed by a Lambda function and written to the Central Logging S3 Bucket in the Home Region.
  • Not Replicated - Log types that are not replicated to the centralized logging S3 bucket.
Bucket Type Bucket Name Purpose
Centralized Logging Bucket aws-accelerator-central-logs-{account#}-{region} Stores all Landing Zone Accelerator centralized logs that have been enabled via the accelerator. This mechanism allows the solution to store a combined set of logs in a single account and single region.
ELB Access Logs aws-accelerator-elb-access-logs-{account#}-{region} Stores ELB Access logs in the centralized logging account on a per region basis.
S3 Access Logs aws-accelerator-s3-access-logs-{account#}-{region} Stores S3 Access logs on a per account/region basis.
Log Type S3 Path Example Supported Centralization Methods
ELB {account#}/{region}/* s3://aws-accelerator-elb-access-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/{account#}/{region}/*.log.gz S3 Replication
VPC Flow Logs* vpc-flow-logs/AWSLogs/{account#}/vpcflowlogs/{region}/{year}/{month}/{day}/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/vpc-flow-logs/AWSLogs/123456789016/vpcflowlogs/us-east-1/2023/04/14/*.log.gz Log Streaming / S3 Replication
Macie Reports macie/{account#}/AWSLogs/{account#}/Macie/{region}/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/macie/123456789016/AWSLogs/123456789016/Macie/us-east-1/*.jsonl.gz Service-Native
Cost and Usage Reports cur/{account#}/accelerator-cur/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/cur/123456789016/accelerator-cur/20220901-20221001/*.snappy.parquet S3 Replication
Config History config/AWSLogs/{account#}/Config/{region}/{year}/{month}/{day}/ConfigHistory/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/AWSLogs/123456789016/Config/us-east-1/2023/4/10/ConfigHistory/*.json.gz Service-Native
Config Snapshots config/AWSLogs/{account#}/Config/{region}/{year}/{month}/{day}/ConfigSnapshot/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/AWSLogs/123456789016/Config/us-east-1/2023/4/10/ConfigSnapshot/*.json.gz Service-Native
GuardDuty guardduty/AWSLogs/{account#}/GuardDuty/region/{year}/{month}/{day}/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/guardduty/AWSLogs/123456789016/GuardDuty/us-east-1/2023/04/08/*.jsonl.gz Service-Native
CloudWatch Logs CloudWatchLogs/{year}/{month}/{day}/{hour}/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/CloudWatchLogs/2023/04/17/14/*.parquet Log Streaming
CloudTrail Organization Digest cloudtrail-organization/AWSLogs/{organizationId}/{account#}/CloudTrail-Digest/{region}/{year}/{month}/{day}/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/cloudtrail-organization/AWSLogs/o-abc12cdefg/123456789016/CloudTrail-Digest/us-east-1/2023/04/14/*.json.gz Service-Native
CloudTrail Organization Insights cloudtrail-organization/AWSLogs/{organizationID}/{account#}/CloudTrail-Insight/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/cloudtrail-organization/AWSLogs/o-abc12cdefg/123456789016/CloudTrail-Insight/*.json.gz Service-Native
CloudTrail Organization Logs* cloudtrail-organization/AWSLogs/{organizationId}/{account#}/CloudTrail/{region}/{year}/{month}/{day}/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/cloudtrail-organization/AWSLogs/o-abc12cdefg//123456789016/CloudTrail/us-east-1/2023/04/14/*.json.gz Log Streaming / Service-Native
S3 Access Logs aws-accelerator-s3-access-logs-{account#}-{region}/* s3://aws-accelerator-s3-access-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/* Not Replicated
SSM Inventory ssm-inventory/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/ssm-inventory/AWS:ComplianceSummary/accountid=123456789016/region=us-east-1/resourcetype=ManagedInstanceInventory/*.json Service-Native
SSM Sessions Manager* session/{account#}/{region}/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/session/123456789016/us-east-1/*.log Log Streaming / Service-Native
Security Hub CloudWatchLogs/{year}/{month}/{day}/* s3://aws-accelerator-central-logs-123456789016-us-east-1/CloudWatchLogs/2023/04/21/00/*.parquet Log Streaming

* These log types are only written to the documented S3 path when configured to store their logs in S3, otherwise they are stored in the CloudWatch Logs S3 path. You may configure dynamic partitioning of CloudWatch Logs if you would like these logs to be delivered to a custom S3 path.

Package Structure


A CDK Application. The core of the accelerator solution. Contains all the stack definitions and deployment pipeline for the accelerator. This also includes the CDK Toolkit orchestration.


A pure typescript library containing modules to manage the accelerator config files.


Contains L2/L3 constructs that have been built to support accelerator actions, such as creating an AWS Organizational Unit or VPC. These constructs are intended to be fully reusable, independent of the accelerator, and do not directly access the accelerator configuration files. Example: CentralLogsBucket, an S3 bucket that is configured with a CMK with the proper key and bucket policies to allow services and accounts in the organization to publish logs to the bucket.


Contains a CDK Application that defines the accelerator Installer stack.

@aws-accelerator/ui (future)

A web application that utilizes the aws-ui-components library to present a console to configure the accelerator


Contains common utilities and types that are needed by @aws-accelerator/* packages. For example, throttling and backoff for AWS SDK calls


Contains L2 constructs that extend the functionality of the CDK repo. The CDK repo is an actively developed project. As the accelerator team identifies missing features of the CDK, those features will be initially developed locally within this repo and submitted to the CDK project as a pull request.


Accelerator tester CDK app. This package creates AWS Config custom rules for every test cases defined in test case manifest file.

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Creating an Installer Stack

The Installer Stack, a CDK Application, can be deployed through a CloudFormation template produced by your CLI by navigating to the directory for the installer and running a CDK synthesis. The template can either be deployed directly via the AWS CLI or console. Below are the commands for completing the deployment of the Installer stack.

1. Build the Installer stack for deployment

  • Install dependencies for the Installer stack
- [Node](
- [AWS CDK](
- [Yarn](
- [AWS CLI](
  • Install project dependencies
cd <rootDir>/source
yarn install
  • To run the CDK synthesis
cd <rootDir>/source/packages/@aws-accelerator/installer
yarn build && yarn cdk synth

After running these commands, the Installer stack template will be saved to <rootDir>/source/packages/@aws-accelerator/installer/cdk.out/AWSAccelerator-InstallerStack.template.json

2. Create a GitHub personal access token

Follow the instructions on GitHub Docs to create a personal access token (Classic).

When creating the token select public_repo for the selected scope.

3. Store Token in Secrets Manager

Store the personal access token in Secrets Manager.

  1. In the AWS Management Console, navigate to Secrets Manager
  2. Click Store a new secret
  3. On the Choose secret type step select Other type of secret
  4. Select the Plaintext tab
  5. Completely remove the example text and paste your secret with no formatting no leading or trailing spaces
  6. Select the aws/secretsmanager encryption key
  7. Click Next
  8. On the Configure secret step set the Secret name to accelerator/github-token
  9. On the Configure rotation step click Next
  10. On the Review step click Store

4. Deploy the Installer stack

  • Configure the AWS CLI CloudFormation command for the Installer stack

  • Create an S3 bucket and copy the generated template file.

cd <rootDir>/source/packages/@aws-accelerator/installer
aws s3 mb s3://<bucket name>
export ACCOUNT_ID=$(aws sts get-caller-identity --query Account --output text)
aws s3api head-bucket --bucket <bucket name> --expected-bucket-owner $ACCOUNT_ID
aws s3 cp ./cdk.out/AWSAccelerator-InstallerStack.template.json s3://<bucket name>
  • Create the Installer stack with AWS CLI command:
aws cloudformation create-stack --stack-name AWSAccelerator-InstallerStack --template-body https://<bucket name>.s3.<region> \
--parameters ParameterKey=RepositoryName,ParameterValue=<Repository_Name> \
ParameterKey=RepositoryBranchName,ParameterValue=<Branch_Name> \
ParameterKey=ManagementAccountEmail,ParameterValue=<Management_Email> \
ParameterKey=LogArchiveAccountEmail,ParameterValue=<LogArchive_Email> \
ParameterKey=AuditAccountEmail,ParameterValue=<Audit_Email> \
ParameterKey=EnableApprovalStage,ParameterValue=Yes \
ParameterKey=ApprovalStageNotifyEmailList,ParameterValue=comma-delimited-notify-emails \
ParameterKey=ControlTowerEnabled,ParameterValue=Yes \
--capabilities CAPABILITY_IAM
  • Alternate deployment of CloudFormation via AWS console:

- From your Management account, navigate to CloudFormation page in the AWS console
- SelectCreate Stackand from the dropdown pickwith new resources (standard)’
- For the prerequisite template, selectTemplate is ready
- When specifying the template, selectUpload a template file
- Ensure that you select the correct fileAWSLandingZoneAccelerator-InstallerStack.template.json
- Fill out the required parameters in the UI, and create the stack once the parameters are inputted.

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