[ aws . datasync ]



Creates a transfer location for an Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP file system. DataSync can use this location as a source or destination for transferring data.

Before you begin, make sure that you understand how DataSync accesses FSx for ONTAP file systems .

See also: AWS API Documentation


--protocol <value>
--security-group-arns <value>
--storage-virtual-machine-arn <value>
[--subdirectory <value>]
[--tags <value>]
[--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml]
[--generate-cli-skeleton <value>]
[--endpoint-url <value>]
[--output <value>]
[--query <value>]
[--profile <value>]
[--region <value>]
[--version <value>]
[--color <value>]
[--ca-bundle <value>]
[--cli-read-timeout <value>]
[--cli-connect-timeout <value>]
[--cli-binary-format <value>]


--protocol (structure)

Specifies the data transfer protocol that DataSync uses to access your Amazon FSx file system.

NFS -> (structure)

Specifies the Network File System (NFS) protocol configuration that DataSync uses to access your FSx for OpenZFS file system or FSx for ONTAP file system’s storage virtual machine (SVM).

MountOptions -> (structure)

Specifies how DataSync can access a location using the NFS protocol.

Version -> (string)

Specifies the NFS version that you want DataSync to use when mounting your NFS share. If the server refuses to use the version specified, the task fails.

You can specify the following options:

  • AUTOMATIC (default): DataSync chooses NFS version 4.1.
  • NFS3 : Stateless protocol version that allows for asynchronous writes on the server.
  • NFSv4_0 : Stateful, firewall-friendly protocol version that supports delegations and pseudo file systems.
  • NFSv4_1 : Stateful protocol version that supports sessions, directory delegations, and parallel data processing. NFS version 4.1 also includes all features available in version 4.0.


DataSync currently only supports NFS version 3 with Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP locations.

SMB -> (structure)

Specifies the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol configuration that DataSync uses to access your FSx for ONTAP file system’s SVM.

Domain -> (string)

Specifies the fully qualified domain name (FQDN) of the Microsoft Active Directory that your storage virtual machine (SVM) belongs to.

If you have multiple domains in your environment, configuring this setting makes sure that DataSync connects to the right SVM.

MountOptions -> (structure)

Specifies the version of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol that DataSync uses to access an SMB file server.

Version -> (string)

By default, DataSync automatically chooses an SMB protocol version based on negotiation with your SMB file server. You also can configure DataSync to use a specific SMB version, but we recommend doing this only if DataSync has trouble negotiating with the SMB file server automatically.

These are the following options for configuring the SMB version:

  • AUTOMATIC (default): DataSync and the SMB file server negotiate the highest version of SMB that they mutually support between 2.1 and 3.1.1. This is the recommended option. If you instead choose a specific version that your file server doesn’t support, you may get an Operation Not Supported error.
  • SMB3 : Restricts the protocol negotiation to only SMB version 3.0.2.
  • SMB2 : Restricts the protocol negotiation to only SMB version 2.1.
  • SMB2_0 : Restricts the protocol negotiation to only SMB version 2.0.
  • SMB1 : Restricts the protocol negotiation to only SMB version 1.0.


The SMB1 option isn’t available when creating an Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP location .

Password -> (string)

Specifies the password of a user who has permission to access your SVM.

User -> (string)

Specifies a user that can mount and access the files, folders, and metadata in your SVM.

For information about choosing a user with the right level of access for your transfer, see Using the SMB protocol .

Shorthand Syntax:


JSON Syntax:

  "NFS": {
    "MountOptions": {
      "Version": "AUTOMATIC"|"NFS3"|"NFS4_0"|"NFS4_1"
  "SMB": {
    "Domain": "string",
    "MountOptions": {
      "Version": "AUTOMATIC"|"SMB2"|"SMB3"|"SMB1"|"SMB2_0"
    "Password": "string",
    "User": "string"

--security-group-arns (list)

Specifies the Amazon EC2 security groups that provide access to your file system’s preferred subnet.

The security groups must allow outbound traffic on the following ports (depending on the protocol you use):

  • Network File System (NFS) : TCP ports 111, 635, and 2049
  • Server Message Block (SMB) : TCP port 445

Your file system’s security groups must also allow inbound traffic on the same ports.



"string" "string" ...

--storage-virtual-machine-arn (string)

Specifies the ARN of the storage virtual machine (SVM) in your file system where you want to copy data to or from.

--subdirectory (string)

Specifies a path to the file share in the SVM where you’ll copy your data.

You can specify a junction path (also known as a mount point), qtree path (for NFS file shares), or share name (for SMB file shares). For example, your mount path might be /vol1 , /vol1/tree1 , or /share1 .


Don’t specify a junction path in the SVM’s root volume. For more information, see Managing FSx for ONTAP storage virtual machines in the Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP User Guide .

--tags (list)

Specifies labels that help you categorize, filter, and search for your Amazon Web Services resources. We recommend creating at least a name tag for your location.


A key-value pair representing a single tag that’s been applied to an Amazon Web Services resource.

Key -> (string)

The key for an Amazon Web Services resource tag.

Value -> (string)

The value for an Amazon Web Services resource tag.

Shorthand Syntax:

Key=string,Value=string ...

JSON Syntax:

    "Key": "string",
    "Value": "string"

--cli-input-json | --cli-input-yaml (string) Reads arguments from the JSON string provided. The JSON string follows the format provided by --generate-cli-skeleton. If other arguments are provided on the command line, those values will override the JSON-provided values. It is not possible to pass arbitrary binary values using a JSON-provided value as the string will be taken literally. This may not be specified along with --cli-input-yaml.

--generate-cli-skeleton (string) Prints a JSON skeleton to standard output without sending an API request. If provided with no value or the value input, prints a sample input JSON that can be used as an argument for --cli-input-json. Similarly, if provided yaml-input it will print a sample input YAML that can be used with --cli-input-yaml. If provided with the value output, it validates the command inputs and returns a sample output JSON for that command. The generated JSON skeleton is not stable between versions of the AWS CLI and there are no backwards compatibility guarantees in the JSON skeleton generated.

Global Options

--debug (boolean)

Turn on debug logging.

--endpoint-url (string)

Override command’s default URL with the given URL.

--no-verify-ssl (boolean)

By default, the AWS CLI uses SSL when communicating with AWS services. For each SSL connection, the AWS CLI will verify SSL certificates. This option overrides the default behavior of verifying SSL certificates.

--no-paginate (boolean)

Disable automatic pagination.

--output (string)

The formatting style for command output.

  • json
  • text
  • table
  • yaml
  • yaml-stream

--query (string)

A JMESPath query to use in filtering the response data.

--profile (string)

Use a specific profile from your credential file.

--region (string)

The region to use. Overrides config/env settings.

--version (string)

Display the version of this tool.

--color (string)

Turn on/off color output.

  • on
  • off
  • auto

--no-sign-request (boolean)

Do not sign requests. Credentials will not be loaded if this argument is provided.

--ca-bundle (string)

The CA certificate bundle to use when verifying SSL certificates. Overrides config/env settings.

--cli-read-timeout (int)

The maximum socket read time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket read will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-connect-timeout (int)

The maximum socket connect time in seconds. If the value is set to 0, the socket connect will be blocking and not timeout. The default value is 60 seconds.

--cli-binary-format (string)

The formatting style to be used for binary blobs. The default format is base64. The base64 format expects binary blobs to be provided as a base64 encoded string. The raw-in-base64-out format preserves compatibility with AWS CLI V1 behavior and binary values must be passed literally. When providing contents from a file that map to a binary blob fileb:// will always be treated as binary and use the file contents directly regardless of the cli-binary-format setting. When using file:// the file contents will need to properly formatted for the configured cli-binary-format.

  • base64
  • raw-in-base64-out

--no-cli-pager (boolean)

Disable cli pager for output.

--cli-auto-prompt (boolean)

Automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.

--no-cli-auto-prompt (boolean)

Disable automatically prompt for CLI input parameters.


LocationArn -> (string)

Specifies the ARN of the FSx for ONTAP file system location that you create.