Migrating files to Amazon WorkDocs - Amazon WorkDocs

You must be an Amazon WorkDocs system administrator to complete the steps in this guide. If you need help using Amazon WorkDocs, see Getting started with Amazon WorkDocs in the Amazon WorkDocs User Guide.

Migrating files to Amazon WorkDocs

Amazon WorkDocs administrators can use the Amazon WorkDocs Migration Service to perform a large-scale migration of multiple files and folders to their Amazon WorkDocs site. The Amazon WorkDocs Migration Service works with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). This lets you migrate departmental file shares and home drive or user file shares to Amazon WorkDocs.

During this process, Amazon WorkDocs provides an AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) policy for you. Use this policy to create a new IAM role that grants access to the Amazon WorkDocs Migration Service to do the following:

  • Read and list the Amazon S3 bucket that you designate.

  • Read and write to the Amazon WorkDocs site that you designate.

Complete the following tasks to migrate your files and folders to Amazon WorkDocs. Before you begin, confirm that you have the following permissions:

  • Administrator permissions for your Amazon WorkDocs site

  • Permissions to create an IAM role

If your Amazon WorkDocs site is set up on the same directory as your WorkSpaces fleet, you must follow these requirements:

  • Do not use Admin for your Amazon WorkDocs account user name. Admin is a reserved user role in Amazon WorkDocs.

  • Your Amazon WorkDocs administrator user type must be Upgraded WS User. For more information, see User roles overview and Editing users.


Directory structure, file names, and file content are preserved when migrating to Amazon WorkDocs. File ownership and permissions are not preserved.