AWS DataSync
User Guide

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Working with Agents

An agent is a virtual machine (VM) that is owned by the user, and is used to read or write data from an on-premises storage system. To create an agent to read from an on-premises source location, you download the AWS DataSync .ova image and deploy it in a VMware ESXi hypervisor and activate it.


The default credentials for the OVA are login: admin, password: password. You can change the password on the VM local console. You don't need to log in to the VM for basic DataSync functionality. The credentials are needed 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 Configuring Your Agent on the VM Local Console.