How do I start using Trusted Advisor?

Last updated: 2020-04-14

I want to use the AWS Trusted Advisor service. How do I get started?

Short Description

AWS Trusted Advisor provides a set of best practice checks and recommendations to help you reduce costs, increase availability and performance, and improve security.

Trusted Advisor inspects your resources across all AWS Regions and presents a summary of check results. The status types for the check results are as follows:

  • No problems detected (check mark in a green square)
  • Investigation recommended (exclamation mark in a yellow triangle)
  • Action recommended (exclamation mark in a red circle)

Resolution

Explore the Trusted Advisor console

Open the Trusted Advisor console to view the check results across the following five categories in the Trusted Advisor Dashboard:

  • Cost Optimization
  • Performance
  • Security
  • Fault Tolerance
  • Service Limits

Potential monthly savings indicates the total amount that you can save each month, if you act on all recommendations across all the checks in the pillar.

The What's New section shows information on latest checks, new features, and updates to the existing checks across different categories.

The Recent Changes section displays the status changes from recent checks.

If you have an AWS Developer or Basic Support plan, then you have access to all the checks in Service Limits and the six Security checks only through the console.

If you have an AWS Business or Enterprise Support plan, then you have access to AWS Support API and Amazon CloudWatch integration in addition to all the checks.

  • You can use the AWS Support API to pull the check results into your own tools for analysis and tracking purposes.
  • You can use Amazon CloudWatch to set an alarm to notify you based on Trusted Advisor metrics. You can use Amazon CloudWatch Events to detect and react to the changes in the Trusted Advisor checks.

Review your Trusted Advisor recommendations

To access the recommendations against each of the checks, choose one of the following options:

  1. Choose a category in the navigation pane to see all the related checks. For example, choose Cost Optimization to see all the cost optimization checks.
  2. To see more details for your check, choose the Expand/Collapse icon next to your check.

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To download an Excel spreadsheet with the same level of detail, choose the Download icon. This Excel spreadsheet has a tab for each check with check-level metadata.

Set your preferences for resource analysis and email notifications

To disable Trusted Advisor from accessing your resources and performing the checks:

  1. Open the Trusted Advisor console.
  2. From the navigation pane, choose Preferences.
  3. Choose Disable Trusted Advisor.

To enable weekly email notifications from Trusted Advisor:

  1. Open the Trusted Advisor console.
  2. From the navigation pane, choose Preferences.
  3. For Recipients, select the appropriate option.
  4. For Notification Language, choose a language.
  5. Choose Save Email Preferences.

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