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How do I get an access key for Amazon S3?

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How do I get an access key for Amazon S3?


Use an ac​cess key ID and secret access key to authenticate an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account in a Cloud Storage migration project. An AWS secret access key can’t be retrieved after it has been created. Once lost, it cannot be recovered; a new access key must be created.

Follow the steps below to create a new secret access key for an AWS account:

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the IAM console.
  2. In the navigation pane, choose Users.
  3. Add a checkmark next to the name of the desired user, and then choose User Actions from the top.
    Note: The selected user must have read and write access to the AWS S3 bucket for the migration.
  4. Click on Manage Access Keys.

  5. Click on Create Access Key.
    Note: Each AWS account can only have two access keys. If the secret access keys are lost, one of the existing access keys must be deleted, and a new one created.​

  6. Click on Show User Security Credentials.
  7. Copy and paste the Access Key ID and Secret Access Key values, or click on Download Credentials to download the credentials in a CSV (file).

    Note: To learn how to delete a secret access key once the Cloud Storage migration project is completed, read KB005286: How do I delete an Amazon S3 access key when the Cloud Storage migration project is complete?​