Getting started with AWS Organizations

What is AWS Organizations?

AWS Organizations helps you centrally manage your environment as you grow and scale your workloads on AWS. Whether you are a growing startup or a large enterprise, Organizations helps you centrally manage billing, create new accounts, and categorize your accounts using tags.

Which central governance and management capabilities does AWS Organizations enable?

AWS Organizations enables the following capabilities:

  • Consolidate billing across multiple AWS accounts
  • Automate AWS account creation and management
  • Attach tags to your accounts

What is AWS Organizations?

To get started, you must first decide which of your AWS accounts will become the master account. You can either create a new AWS account or select an existing one.

  1. Sign in as an administrator to the AWS Management Console using the AWS account you want to use to manage your organization.
  2. Go to the AWS Organizations console.
  3. Choose Create Organization.
  4. Select what features you want to enable for your organization. Either consolidated billing only features or all features.
  5. Add AWS accounts to your organization by using one of the following two methods:
    1. Invite existing AWS accounts to join your organization by using their AWS account ID or associated email address.
    2. Create new AWS accounts.
  6. Model your organizational hierarchy by grouping your AWS accounts in OUs.

You can also use the AWS CLI (for command-line access) or SDKs (for programmatic access) to perform the same steps to create a new organization. Learn more about AWS Organizations in the documentation.

Note: You can initiate the creation of a new organization only from an AWS account that is not already a member of another organization.