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Common Action Settings

Last Updated: Oct 28, 2013 02:00PM EDT

All actions share the following settings:

Name

This is the name of the action. It does not affect the functioning of the action at all. It is only a reference to the action for yourself. You can call it anything you want.

Is Active

If an action is active, it will execute at it's normally scheduled time. If an action is not active, it will not execute.

Access Key

Indicate which access key should be used to execute the action. The access key must have the proper permissions to execute all commands associated with the action.

Region

All EC2 instances live in a single region. When controlling EC2 instances, the correct region must be specified. The default region can be set in Preferences.

Time Zone

This is the time zone in which the schedule for the action is based. Specifying the correct time zone is critical to ensure the action schedules correctly as daylight savings takes affect.

Time of Day

This is the time of day at which you want your action to execute. The time of day is relative to the specified time zone.

Start Date

Specifies the first day on which the action could execute.

End Date

Optional. Specifies the last day on which the action could execute.

Repeat Type

Select whether the action should repeat monthly, weekly, daily, or never repeats.

When an action repeats monthly, if a month does not have the particular day in it, then the last day of the month will be used. For example, for actions repeating on the 31st of each month, those actions will execute on the 30th of any months without 31 days.

Days of the Week

When an action is set to repeat Daily, then an additional field will appear where you can choose which days of the week to execute on. For example, if the action should execute daily, but only on weekdays, then all days should be selected except for Saturday and Sunday.

If no days are selected, then the action will not execute.

Months of the Year

When an action is set to repeat Monthly, then an additional field will appear where you can choose which months of the year to execute on. For example, if the action should execute monthly, but only in March and August, then only March and August should be selected.

If no months are selected, then the action will not execute.

Trigger by SNS

Check this option to enable this action to be triggered using Amazon SNS. For security purposes, leave this unchecked if you do not plan on using SNS to trigger this action.

Comments

Optional. Fill this with anything you want.

Tags

Optional. Tags can be used to group actions. Separate tags with spaces.

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