How to create AWS Elastic File System

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Hello Readers!! In this blog, we will see how to create AWS Elastic File System. So, Basically, Amazon Elastic File System is a scalable, simple, and fully managed elastic NFS file system. We can use it with both on-premises resources and cloud resources. It is used for content management with web-serving applications which will store and serve information. 

Steps for creating an AWS File System:

Step 1: Open your AWS Management Console. Search EFS. Click on Create File System.


Step 2: Here you will find the minimum configuration needed for creating AWS Elastic File System. If you want you can create from here. For more detailed configuration click on Customize.

create EFS

Step 3: Give here the name of your EFS. This is optional.


Select storage class type. Here we have two options Standard which is used for storing data in multiple availability zones. And One zone for storing data in a single zone.

storage class

We can also enable automatic backup which will use AWS Backup for the file system.

Step 4: Choose a time period for Life cycle management. If the file system is not accessed within 30 days then it will be moved to the standard infrequent access storage class.

Life cycle managment

Here we also have an option for encrypting our file systems.


Step 5: Now choose a method for your file system’s throughput limits. For basic performance requirement select bursting and for high throughput choose the Enhanced option.

performance settings

Step 6: Select the type of performance mode for you. Two options are here General purpose which is Ideal for a variety of diverse workloads, including high-performance and latency-sensitive applications, and Max I/O designed for highly parallelized workloads that can tolerate higher latencies. 

Adittional settings

Step 7: Add tags to your resources if needed. This is also optional one.


Click on Next. 

Step 8: Configure Networking. Choose VPC and security groups where you want EC2 instances to connect to your file system.

network access

Click on Next.

Step 9: Select file system policy. This is also optional.


You can choose the policy from the list or can also create a custom policy by using the policy editor. Click on Next. 

Step 10: Review all your configurations and finally click Create.


My file system is created successfully. It is all set and ready to use.


That’s all for now!!


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Naincy Kumari is a DevOps Consultant at Knoldus Inc. She is always ready to learn new technologies and tools. She loves painting and dancing.