How to sync files to Amazon Glacier

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Creating S3 bucket

  • Login to the S3 console:
  • Click on “Create bucket” -> specify bucket name -> make sure the bucket name is unique across all existing bucket names in Amazon S3 -> select a region close to your location -> click Next
  • Click on “Versioning” -> select “Enable versioning” -> click Save
  • Click on “Tags” -> specify key: AccountName, Value – specify here the AWS account name or ID -> click Save
  • Click on “Default encryption” -> select “AES-256” -> click Save
  • Click Next
  • Leave the default settings “Do not grant public read access to this bucket” -> click Next -> click “Create bucket”
  • For more information about S3 pricing model, see:

Configuring IAM policy with read/write access to specific S3 bucket

  • Login to the IAM console:
  • From the left pane, click on Policies -> Create policy:
  • Service: S3
  • Actions: List, Read, Write
  • Resources: Specific
  • Bucket: click on “Add ARN” -> specific the bucket name -> click Add
  • Object: Select Any
  • Click on Review Policy
  • Specify policy name S3ReadWriteSpecificBucket
  • Click on “Create policy”

Configuring S3 access to specific IAM group

  • Login to the IAM console:
  • From the left pane, click on Groups -> click on “Create New Group” -> specify group name -> click “Next Step” -> from the policy list, search for the previously created policy S3ReadWriteSpecificBucket -> select the policy name -> click “Next Step”-> click “Create Group”
  • In the future, in case you need to allow IAM users access to the specific S3 bucket, add them the newly created group

Configure user for accessing the storage bucket using CLI

  • Login to the IAM console:
  • From the left pane, click on Users -> click on “Add user” -> specify the user name -> access type: “Programmatic access” -> do not select “AWS Management Console access” -> click “Next: Permissions”
  • From the “add user to group”, select S3ReadWriteSpecificBucket -> click “Next: Review” -> click on “Create user”
  • Download the CSV file with the “Access key ID” and “Secret access key” and save the CSV file in a secure location
  • Click Close

Configuring the AWS CLI environment

  • Configure a profile for additional AWS IAM account:
aws configure --profile [profile_name]
Note: Replace [profile_name] with your target AWS IAM user previously created

Perform Backup to Glacier

  • Run from command prompt:
aws s3 sync /MySourceFolder s3://MyS3Bucket --storage-class GLACIER --profile profile_name
Note 1: Replace MySourceFolder with the source folder to copy/sync files from
Note 2: Replace MyS3Bucket with the target S3/Glacier bucket name
Note 3: Replace profile_name with the previously AWS configured profile