Activate your Amazon DataSync agent - Amazon DataSync
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Activate your Amazon DataSync agent

After you deploy your Amazon DataSync agent and specify the service endpoint that it'll connect to, you need to activate the agent. This process associates the agent with your Amazon Web Services account.


You can't activate an agent in more than one Amazon Web Services account and Amazon Web Services Region at a time.

To activate your agent by using the console
  1. On the same Create agent page, go to the Activation key section.

  2. Choose one of the following options to activate your agent:

    • Automatically get the activation key from your agent – This option requires that your browser access the agent by using port 80. Once activated, the agent closes the port.

      • For Agent address, enter the agent's IP address or domain name and choose Get key.

        Your browser connects to the IP address and gets a unique activation key from your agent. If the activation fails, check your network configuration.

    • Manually enter your agent's activation key – Use this option if you don't want a connection between your browser and agent.

      • Get the key from the agent's local console.

      • Back in the DataSync console, enter the key in the Activation key field.


    Agent activation keys expire in 30 minutes if unused.

  3. (Optional) For Agent name, enter a name for your agent.

  4. (Optional) For Tags, enter values for the Key and Value fields to tag your agent.

    Tags help you manage, filter, and search for your Amazon resources.

  5. Choose Create agent.

    Your agent displays on the Agents page. Verify that your service endpoint is correct.

Once created, Amazon manages your agent (including software updates that don't interrupt your transfers). If needed, you can work with an agent directly using its local console.