Configure a source location - AWS DataSync

Configure a source location

A task consists of a pair of locations that data will be transferred between. The source location defines the storage system or service that you want to read data from. The destination location defines the storage system or service that you want to write data to.

For a list of all DataSync supported source and destination endpoints, see Working with AWS DataSync locations.

In the following walkthrough, we give an example of configuring a Network File System (NFS) file system as the source location.

To configure a different location type as your source location, see the following topics:

To create an NFS location

  1. On the Configure source location page, choose Create a new location or Choose existing location. Create a new location enables you to define a new location and Choose existing location enables you to choose from locations that you have previously created in this AWS Region.

  2. For Location type in the Configuration section, choose your NFS server from the list.

  3. For Agents, choose your agent from the list. You can add more than one agent. For this walkthrough, we add only one agent.


    In many cases, you might be transferring from an in-cloud NFS file system or an Amazon EFS file system. In such cases, make sure that you choose an agent that you created in an Amazon EC2 instance that can access this file system.

    You can't use agents that are created with different endpoint types for the same task.

  4. For NFS server, enter the IP address or domain name of your NFS server. An agent that's installed on-premises uses this hostname to mount the NFS server in a network. The NFS server should allow full access to all files.

  5. For Mount path, enter a path that's exported by the NFS server, or a subdirectory that can be mounted by other NFS clients in your network. The path is used to read data from or write data to your NFS server.

  6. Choose Next to open the Configure destination location page.