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Prepare Alibaba Cloud account

Last Updated: Jan 15, 2019

Like Alibaba Cloud, Alibaba Cloud DTplus products adopt the RAM primary account/subaccount logon system:

  • Alibaba Cloud account (or the primary account) represents the ownership of Alibaba Cloud resources and is the basic subject for metering and billing resource usage. The primary account allows you to create sub-accounts for your enterprise and manage and authorize these sub-accounts.

  • Created and managed by the primary account in the RAM system, the sub-account has no resources, and cannot perform metering and billing independently. All sub-accounts are controlled and paid by their primary account.

Therefore, you must have an Alibaba Cloud account and manage your sub-accounts by using the RAM before you use Alibaba Cloud DTplus products.


Register an Alibaba Cloud account

If you have not yet registered an Alibaba Cloud account, go to the Alibaba Cloud Official Website and click Free Account. This takes you to the Alibaba Cloud account registration page, where you can create a new Alibaba Cloud account.


The Alibaba Cloud system recognizes the primary account you create as a resource-consuming account with high-level permissions. Be sure to keep your account name and password safe. Change your password periodically and do not lend your account to others.

Perform real-name registration on the new Alibaba Cloud account

For users using resources in mainland China. You must perform real-name registration on your Alibaba Cloud account before you purchase and use Alibaba Cloud products. If you have not yet completed real-name registration, go to Account Management > Real-name Registration to go through the process. To save you any trouble in the future, be sure to complete the real-name registration.

If you are an enterprise user, we strongly recommend that you to complete the enterprise-level authentication for greater convenience.

Create an AccessKey

To guarantee smooth processing of tasks in Data DataWorks, you must create an AccessKey. Unlike the account name and password you enter to log on, an AccessKey is primarily used for access permission verification between various Alibaba Cloud products. An AccessKey comprises an AccessKey ID and an AccessKey Secret. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Log on to the Alibaba Cloud official website, and click AccessKey under the username in the upper-right corner to enter the AccessKey Management page.


  2. Click Create an AccessKey in the upper-right corner, and click Agree and Create in the dialog window that appears to create an AccessKey.

  3. When an AccessKey is successfully created, the system automatically jumps to the AccessKey Management page, where you can view the status of the AccessKey and disable or delete it.

Once an AccessKey is disabled, services that use this AccessKey encounter operational failures and report errors. Therefore, if you change your AccessKeys, you must promptly make the corresponding changes for the products and services that use the affected AccessKeys.


The AccessKey is critical to an account. After creating an AccessKey, be sure to keep the AccessKey ID and AccessKey Secret safe. Do not reveal this information to others. If a risk exists that this information may have been leaked, immediately disable and update your AccessKey.