Cloud Config records each configuration change and relationship change of the resources that it monitors in detail, and displays the changes over time in a configuration timeline. After you activate Cloud Config, Cloud Config starts to record your resource configuration changes and resource relationship changes. By default, Cloud Config keeps the data for 10 years.

Background information

The configuration timeline of a resource indicates the configuration change history and relationship change history of the resource. The following table describes the elements included in the configuration timeline.
Element Description
Points on a configuration timeline
  • Start point: If a resource is created before you activate Cloud Config, the start point of the configuration timeline is the time when you activate Cloud Config. If a resource is created after you activate Cloud Config, the start point of the configuration timeline is the time when the resource is created.
  • Node: Cloud Config checks the configuration and relationship of a resource at intervals of 10 minutes. If the new configuration or relationship is different from that detected 10 minutes ago, Cloud Config generates a record. This record is displayed as a node on the configuration timeline.
  • Breakpoint: If you remove a resource type from the monitoring scope of Cloud Config, Cloud Config stops monitoring this type of resource and does not update the configuration timeline of each resource of this type.
Information of a node on a configuration timeline Each node on a configuration timeline records a configuration change or a relationship change of the relevant resource. The node may contain one of the following groups of information:
  • Resource configuration change: the basic information, detailed change in the core configuration, associated resources, and corresponding ActionTrail events of the resource.
  • Resource relationship change: the basic information, detailed change in the relationship, associated resources, and corresponding ActionTrail events of the resource.
Note Cloud Config detects configuration and relationship changes at regular intervals of 10 minutes. If you change the configuration or relationship of a resource and then restore the resource to the previous configuration or relationship within the same 10-minute interval, Cloud Config cannot identify the change or display the change on the configuration timeline.

Use an ordinary account

If you use an ordinary account, you can view the configuration timelines of resources within your account.

  1. Log on to the Cloud Config console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Resources > Global Resources.
  3. On the Global Resources page, enter a resource ID or set filter conditions to search for the specified resource.
    • You can enter a resource ID to search for the specified resource.
    • You can filter the resources based on the resource type, region, compliance status, and resource status to search for the specified resource with high efficiency.
  4. Click the ID of the required resource in the Resource ID / Resource Name column.
  5. Click the Configuration Timeline tab to view the configuration timeline of the resource.
    • Resource configuration change
      • In the Basic Information section, you can view the ID, name, type, and tags of the resource, the time when the resource was created, and the region and zone in which the resource resides.
      • In the Change Details of Core Resource Configurations section, you can view the relevant resource configurations before and after the current configuration change in the JSON format.
      • In the Resource Relationships section, you can view the resources that are associated with the current resource.
      • In the ActionTrail section, you can view the ActionTrail events that correspond to the current configuration change.
    • Resource relationship change
      • In the Basic Information section, you can view the ID, name, type, and tags of the resource, the time when the resource was created, and the region and zone in which the resource resides.
      • In the Change Details of Resource Relationship section, you can view the association with or dissociation from other resources in the JSON format.
      • In the Resource Relationships section, you can view the resources that are associated with the current resource.
      • In the ActionTrail section, you can view the ActionTrail events that correspond to the current configuration change.
      Note For more information about the resource relationships supported by Cloud Config, see Alibaba Cloud services that are supported by Cloud Config.

Use a management account

If you use a management account, you can view the configuration timelines of resources within your account and those within the member accounts in all account groups.

  1. Log on to the Cloud Config console.
  2. In the left-side navigation pane, choose Resources > Global Resources.
  3. On the Global Resources page, click the required account group tab.
  4. On the account group tab, enter a resource ID or set filter conditions to search for the specified resource.
    • You can enter a resource ID to search for the specified resource.
    • You can filter the resources based on the resource type, region, compliance status, and resource status to search for the specified resource with high efficiency.
  5. Click the ID of the required resource in the Resource ID / Resource Name column.
  6. Click the Configuration Timeline tab to view the configuration timeline of the resource.
    • Resource configuration change
      • In the Basic Information section, you can view the ID, name, type, and tags of the resource, the time when the resource was created, and the region and zone in which the resource resides.
      • In the Change Details of Core Resource Configurations section, you can view the relevant resource configurations before and after the current configuration change in the JSON format.
      • In the Resource Relationships section, you can view the resources that are associated with the current resource.
      • In the ActionTrail section, you can view the ActionTrail events that correspond to the current configuration change.
    • Resource relationship change
      • In the Basic Information section, you can view the ID, name, type, and tags of the resource, the time when the resource was created, and the region and zone in which the resource resides.
      • In the Change Details of Resource Relationship section, you can view the association with or dissociation from other resources in the JSON format.
      • In the Resource Relationships section, you can view the resources that are associated with the current resource.
      • In the ActionTrail section, you can view the ActionTrail events that correspond to the current configuration change.
      Note For more information about the resource relationships supported by Cloud Config, see Alibaba Cloud services that are supported by Cloud Config.