Getting started with AWS DataSync - AWS DataSync

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 the 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. Open the AWS DataSync console at

  2. In the upper-right corner, select the AWS Region where you want to run DataSync.

    We recommend choosing the AWS Region where the AWS storage resource that's involved in your transfer resides. For a list of AWS storage services that DataSync supports, see Working with AWS DataSync locations.

  3. On the DataSync home page, choose whether to transfer data Between on-premises storage and AWS or Between AWS Storage services.

  4. 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.