Control multiple AWS organizations' access from a single AWS account

Control multiple AWS organizations' access from a single AWS account

You have your own AWS account (in your organization), and several accounts in client organizations. This post shows you how to manage all accesses in a single account. So that you do not have to log out and log in every time.

Some values used in this post:

  • Your organization ID: 123456789011, alias my-org.
  • Your client's organization ID: 110987654321, alias my-client.

Step 1: Allow users in my-org to access my-client.

Login in to your account in my-client. In IAM console, create a role with the following trust policy. You have to remember the role name, to be used in the next step. Lets name the role to be role-for-my-org.

    "Version": "2012-10-17",
    "Statement": [
            "Effect": "Allow",
            "Principal": {
                "AWS": "arn:aws:iam::123456789011:root"
            "Action": "sts:AssumeRole",
            "Condition": {}
Trusted entity config
Add policies

Step 2: Access my-client from my-org account

Now, log out of your account in my-client, and log in to my-org's account.

Choose Switch Role.

Enter appropriate information:

  • Account: can be my-client or 110987654321
  • Role: the role name was created in step 1, role-for-my-org.
  • Display name: any name for easier to organize.

Select "Switch Role".

Now you are done!.

Step 3 (optional) Access client resources from the command line via my organization account

Suppose that you have already added your my-org account credential in ~/.aws/credentials in a profile name my-org-account (or can be default profile, which does not matter)

aws_access_key_id = 123
aws_secret_access_key = abc

In ~/.aws/config add delegation profile as follows:

[profile my-client]
role_arn = arn:aws:iam::110987654321:role/role-for-my-org
source_profile = my-org-account
You can add other configs such as region = ap-northeast-1 in this section

Now, whenever you run aws command line, add --profile pt to the command to switch the access to my-client organization.

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