A folder is an organizational unit in a resource directory. A folder may indicate a branch, line of business, or project of your enterprise. Each folder can contain member accounts and child folders. This forms a tree-shaped organizational structure. You can manage accounts and resources based on the usage of folders. For example, you can allocate resources, manage permissions, and implement security control and compliance control based on the folder.

Background information

After a resource directory is enabled, the Root folder is automatically created. This topic shows you how to create the following two folders based on best practices:

  • The Core folder contains member accounts that are used for management.
  • The Applications folder contains member accounts that are used for specific business purposes.

By default, these two folders are created in the Root folder. You can also specify existing level-1 folders in the Root folder as the Core and Applications folders. For more information, see the following sections:

Note If you use a management account within which no resource directory is enabled as described in the Step 1: Specify a management account topic, a resource directory is automatically enabled when you follow the steps in this topic to create folders.

Scenario 1: Create the Core and Applications folders

  1. In the Core Folder Pending section of the Create Folder page, select Use resource folder with the same name: Core.
  2. In the Application Folder Pending section of the Create Folder page, select Use resource folder with the same name: Applications.
  3. Click Start.
  4. Click Next Task: Specify Billing Account.

Scenario 2: Specify the Core and Applications folders

  1. In the Core Folder Pending section of the Create Folder page, select Select Existing Folder.
  2. Click Select Folder. In the resource directory, select an existing folder as the Core folder.
    1. In the Specify Core Folder panel, select a level-1 folder of the Root folder.
    2. Click OK.
  3. In the Application Folder Pending section of the Create Folder page, select Select Existing Folder.
  4. Click Select Folder. In the resource directory, select an existing folder as the Applications folder.
    1. In the Specify Application Folder panel, select a level-1 folder of the Root folder.
    2. Click OK.
  5. Click Start.
  6. Click Next Task: Specify Billing Account.