hands-on lab

Archiving On-Premises Storage With AWS DataSync

Up to 1h
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AWS DataSync is a service that aids the discovery and movement of data between network-accessible storage systems. It can be used to securely migrate data from on-premises storage systems or other cloud providers into the AWS cloud. AWS DataSync uses a purpose-built network protocol to move data as efficiently as possible.

Learning how to use AWS DataSync to transfer data between storage systems will benefit anyone expecting to work with data storage in the AWS cloud.

In this hands-on lab, you will create and activate an AWS DataSync agent and use the AWS DataSync service to migrate data from a Network File System server to an Amazon S3 bucket.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this beginner-level lab, you will be able to:

  • Create and activate an AWS DataSync agent
  • Create an AWS DataSync location
  • Create an AWS DataSync task
  • Execute an AWS DataSync transfer

Intended audience

  • Candidates for the AWS Certified Data Engineer Associate certification
  • Cloud Architects
  • Data Engineers
  • DevOps Engineers


Familiarity with the following will be beneficial but is not required:

  • AWS DataSync
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

The following content can be used to fulfill the prerequisites:

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About the author

Learning paths

Andrew is a Labs Developer with previous experience in the Internet Service Provider, Audio Streaming, and CryptoCurrency industries. He has also been a DevOps Engineer and enjoys working with CI/CD and Kubernetes.

He holds multiple AWS certifications including Solutions Architect Associate and Professional.

Covered topics

Lab steps

Logging In to the Amazon Web Services Console
Deploying the AWS DataSync Agent
Activating an AWS DataSync Agent
Executing an AWS DataSync Task
Examining Your AWS DataSync Task