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The association iip-assoc-xxxxxxxx is not the active association – How to fix

by | Jul 15, 2021

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Often our customers report to us that they get this error while updating the EC2 instance profile.

Here at Bobcares, we handle requests from our customers to fix similar issues as a part of our Server Management Services.

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How to fix The association iip-assoc-xxxxxxxx is not the active association

Generally, this error occurs when we attempt to update the instance profile while a previous disassociation is still unfulfilled by the API.

We can use the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) to identify if an unfulfilled disassociation is causing the error, and to correct the issue.

Note: If you receive errors when running AWS CLI commands, make sure that you’re using the most recent version of the AWS CLI.

Steps to fix this error

1. Firstly, we can run the following command to identify the instance profile associations for the instance:

aws ec2 describe-iam-instance-profile-associations --filters "Name=instance-id,Values=i-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx">

The command output has multiple associations, each with a unique association ID (AssociationID) and status (State). We may get the following output:

"IamInstanceProfileAssociations": [
    "AssociationId": "iip-assoc-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    "InstanceId": "i-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    "IamInstanceProfile": {
      "Arn": "arn:aws:iam::xxxxxxxxxx:instance-profile/xxxxxxx",
      "Id": "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
    "State": "disassociating"
    "AssociationId": "iip-assoc-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    "InstanceId": "i-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx",
    "IamInstanceProfile": {
      "Arn": "arn:aws:iam::xxxxxxxxxxxx:instance-profile/xxxxxxxxx",
      "Id": "xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx"
    "State": "associating"

2. After that, we can run the following command to disassociate all the association IDs, including those in associating and disassociating states. We must replace iip-assoc-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx with the appropriate association-id.

aws ec2 disassociate-iam-instance-profile --association-id iip-assoc-xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

3. After disassociating all association IDs, we can try updating the instance profile again.

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