Getting started 4: Create Amazon EFS automatic backups - AWS Backup

Getting started 4: Create Amazon EFS automatic backups

When you create an Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) file system using the Amazon EFS console, automatic backups are turned on by default. If you want to automatically back up an existing Amazon EFS file system, you can do so using the Amazon EFS console, API, or CLI.

To automatically back up an existing Amazon EFS file system using the console

  1. Open the Amazon EFS console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/efs.

  2. On the File systems page, choose a file system to turn on automatic backups.

  3. Choose Edit in the General settings panel.

  4. To turn on automatic backups, choose Enable automatic backups.

The default backup plan setting is daily backups, 35-day retention. The default backup window (the time frame when the backup will run) is set to start at 5 AM UTC (Coordinated Universal Time) and lasts 8 hours.

Note

The Amazon EFS automatic backup vault aws/efs/automatic-backup-vault is reserved for those automatic backups only. If you use it as a destination for other backup plans, you will receive an "insufficient privileges" error.

AWS Backup creates a service-linked role on your behalf in your account. This role has the permissions required to perform Amazon EFS backups. For detailed information about service-linked roles, see Using service-linked roles for AWS Backup.

For step-by-step instructions on how to turn automatic backups on or off using the Amazon EFS console, API, or CLI, see Automatic backups in the Amazon Elastic File System User Guide.

Next steps

To view the backups that you've created, proceed to Getting started 5: View your backup jobs and recovery points.