AWS DataSync
User Guide

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Getting Started with AWS DataSync

In this topic, you can find step-by-step instructions on how to get started using AWS DataSync on the AWS Management Console.

Before you begin, we recommend reading How AWS DataSync Works to understand the components and terms used in DataSync and how DataSync works. We also recommend reading Using Identity-Based Policies (IAM Policies) for DataSync section to understand the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissions that DataSync requires.

To use AWS DataSync

  1. To use AWS DataSync, open the DataSync Management Console.

  2. In the top right-hand corner of the page, choose the AWS Region where you want to run DataSync. The AWS Region should be the one where you plan to locate your Amazon S3 bucket or Amazon EFS file system. If you haven't created DataSync resources in this AWS Region, the DataSync service home page appears.

  3. On the DataSync home page, choose Get started to begin using DataSync.

    If this is your first time using DataSync in this AWS Region, the Create agent page appears. From this page, you can download your virtual machine (VM) or create an Amazon EC2 instance.

    If you have used DataSync in this AWS Region, the Agents page appears and you can see your agents listed.

Next, take the following steps.