Working with agents - AWS DataSync

Working with agents

An agent is a virtual machine (VM) that's owned by the user, and it's used to read or write data from a self-managed storage system. To create an agent to read from a self-managed source location, you download the AWS DataSync image and deploy it in your hypervisor and activate it. DataSync supports VMware ESXi, Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors.


The default credentials for the DataSync image are login: admin, password: password. You can change the password on the VM local console. We recommend changing the default password. You do this by running the passwd command from the local console menu. (Item 5 on the main menu opens the command prompt. For VMware VMs, choose item 6.) For information about how to run the command, see Running AWS DataSync commands on the local console.

You don't need to log in to the VM for basic DataSync functionality. You need these credentials for troubleshooting tasks, such as running a connectivity test or opening a support channel with AWS. The credentials include network-specific settings such as for setting up a static IP address. For information about how to access the VM local console, see Working with your agent on the local console.