AWS Systems Manager Explorer is a customizable operations dashboard that reports information about your AWS resources. Explorer displays an aggregated view of operations data (OpsData) for your AWS accounts and across Regions. In Explorer, OpsData includes metadata about your EC2 instances, patch compliance details, and operational work items (OpsItems). Explorer provides context about how OpsItems are distributed across your business units or applications, how they trend over time, and how they vary by category. You can group and filter information in Explorer to focus on items that are relevant to you and that require action. When you identify high priority issues, you can use Systems Manager OpsCenter to run Automation runbooks and quickly resolve those issues.
In this lab we will enable Explorer and review the options for multi-region multi-account deployment.
Choose Get started
Leave all settings default
Select Enable Explorer
You are presented with an option to configure resource data sync – Since we are in the lab and using a single account / single region this won’t be necessary but worth visualizing
This makes it easy to select and configure data collection for:
Only regions your organization is active in
Select all accounts in an AWS Organization
Select OUs within an org
Select Settings (top right) > Under Tags for Reporting > We can enter Patch Group and SSM Managed and then select Save
Several key items to consider when deciding to use Explorer within your environment