Step 1: Create your Amazon EFS file system - Amazon Elastic File System

Step 1: Create your Amazon EFS file system

In this step, use the Amazon EFS console to create an Amazon EFS file system that has the service recommended settings.

If you want to create a file system with a customized configuration, see Creating a file system with custom settings by using the Amazon EFS console.

To create your Amazon EFS file system
  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the Amazon EFS console at

  2. Choose Create file system to open the Create file system dialog box.

  3. (Optional) Enter a Name for your file system.

  4. For Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), choose your VPC, or keep it set to your default VPC.

  5. Choose Create to create a file system that uses the following service recommended settings:

    • Automatic backups enabled. For more information, see Backing up your Amazon EFS file systems.

    • Mount targets configured with the following settings:

      • Created in each Availability Zone in the AWS Region in which the file system is created.

      • Located in the default subnets of the VPC you selected.

      • Using the VPC's default security group – You can manage security groups after the file system is the created.

      For more information, see Managing file system network accessibility.

    • Regional file system type – For more information, see EFS file system types.

    • General Purpose performance – For more information, see Performance modes.

    • Elastic throughput – For more information, see Throughput modes.

    • Encryption of data at rest enabled using your default key for Amazon EFS (aws/elasticfilesystem) – For more information, see Encrypting data at rest.

    • lifecycle management – Amazon EFS creates the file system with the following lifecycle policies:

      • Transition into IA set to 30 days since last access.

      • TransitionToArchive set to 90 days since last access.

      • Transition into Standard set to None.

      For more information, see Managing file system storage.

    After you create the file system, you can customize the file system's settings with the exception of availability and durability, encryption, and performance mode.

    The File systems page appears with a banner across the top showing the status of the file system you created. A link to access the file system details page appears in the banner when the file system becomes available.

    For more information about file system status, see File system status.