Create a source location for AWS DataSync - AWS DataSync

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Create a source location for AWS DataSync

A source location defines the storage system or service where you want AWS DataSync to transfer data from.

The following instructions describe how to create a source location for your Network File System (NFS) share.

If you want to create a different type of source location, see these topics:

To create a source NFS location by using the console
  1. Open the AWS DataSync console at

  2. In the left navigation pane, expand Data transfer, then choose Tasks and Create task.

  3. On the Configure source location page, select Create a new location.

    Alternatively, select Choose existing location if you've already created a location in your AWS Region.

  4. For Location type, choose Network File System (NFS).

  5. For Agents, choose the agent that will read your NFS server.

  6. For NFS server, enter the IP address or domain name of your NFS server.

    An agent that's deployed on-premises uses this to mount the NFS server, which should allow full access to all files.

  7. 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.

    DataSync uses this path to read data from your NFS server.

  8. Choose Next to create your destination location.