Introduction to the Elastic File System


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Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) provides simple, scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud. With Amazon EFS, storage capacity is elastic, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files, so your applications have the storage they need, when they need it.

Amazon EFS has a simple web services interface that allows you to create and configure file systems quickly and easily. The service manages all the file storage infrastructure for you, avoiding the complexity of deploying, patching, and maintaining complex file system deployments.



This is a beginner level Lab, however, in order to follow the next steps you should be able to:

  • Describe and launch EC2 instances;
  • Connect to an EC2 instance using SSH;
  • Describe, create and configure Security Groups.

We recommend this Lab as a prerequisite:


Learning Objectives:

By the end of this Lab, you should be able to:

  • Create file systems;
  • Mount file systems to EC2 instances;
  • Read/write files to a file system.


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Logging in to the Amazon Web Services Console

Your first step to start the Lab experience

Create a File System

In this step, you will create a new File System in the Elastic File System console.

Mount a File System

In this step, you will mount a File System in an EC2 instance.

Retrieve files from EFS

In this step, you will use another EC2 instance to retrieve files from a File System.