Activate your agent - AWS DataSync

Activate your agent

To activate your agent, first get the IP address of your agent and use it to get an activation key. The activation key securely associates the agent with your AWS account.

The activation process requires the agent's port 80 to be accessible from your browser. After the agent is activated, it closes port 80 and the port is no longer accessible. For information about ports and network requirements, see Network requirements for DataSync.

To activate your agent

  1. In the Service Endpoint section, choose the endpoint type for this agent.

    A DataSync agent can transfer data through public service endpoints, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) endpoints, and VPC endpoints. For more information about endpoint activation, see Creating and activating an agent.


    When you configure your agent to use VPC endpoints, the data transferred between your agent and the DataSync service doesn't cross the public internet. Thus, this data doesn't require public IP addresses. For more information about configuring your agent to use VPC endpoints, see Using AWS DataSync in a virtual private cloud.

  2. In the Activation key section, enter the agent's IP address or the domain name for your agent for Agent address, and choose Get key. Your browser connects to the IP address and gets a unique activation key from your agent.

    Activation information appears in the Activation key section. If activation succeeds, the activation key is displayed. If the activation fails, make sure that your security group is configured properly and verify that your firewall allows the required ports.

    Alternatively, you can obtain the activation key from the agent's local console. This method doesn't require connectivity between the browser and your agent. For more information about using the local console to get the activation key, see Obtaining an activation key using the local console.

  3. (Optional) For Agent name, enter a name for your agent.

  4. (Optional) For Tags, enter a key and value to add a tag to your agent. A tag is a key-value pair that helps you manage, filter, and search for your agents.

  5. Choose Create agent. Your agent is listed on the Agents page. In the Service endpoint column, verify that your service endpoint is correct.

  6. In the Tasks section of the page, choose Create task. The Configure source location page appears.