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Getting started with Filer (Storage servers)

Filer template

In Hostens you are able to install Filer template really easy and fast, only with few mouse clicks:

  1. Login to the Clients Portal;
  2. Select at the top of menu the “Services > VPS Hosting” tab;
  3. Press the “Manage” button at the service table;
  4. Press the “Install OS” button;
  5. Choose operating system, agree with warning and press “Continue”;
  6. Wait for 5-10 minutes and refresh VPS management page.

Filer template contains:

  • Rsync tool
  • FTP (vsFTPd) service
  • Samba (smbclient, smbd) service

1. Rsync usage

1.1. You can securely sync data between target server and the Server by using SSH keys. Instructions how to do that:

a. Generate SSH key on the target server:

ssh-keygen -f ~/.ssh/id_rsa -q -P ""

b. Copy created SSH key to the Server from the target server:

ssh-copy-id -i ~/.ssh/id_rsa.pub [email protected]_server_IP

c. Test connection between the target server and the Filer Server. Execute this command from the target server:

rsync -avz -e "ssh -o StrictHostKeyChecking=no -o UserKnownHostsFile=/dev/null" --progress /home server_IP:/home/storage

2. FTP usage

2.1. “Filer” OS template have FTP service (vsFTPd) installed and ready to use. You can easily login by using any popular FTP client.

Example login details:

FTP hostname: xxxx.hostens.cloud
Username: root
Password: root_user_password
Port: 21

3. SAMBA usage

3.1. Login to the Server SAMBA from another Linux systems:

smbclient //xxxx.hostens.cloud/storage -U root

3.2. In order to connect (mount) Server and Windows systems (to use it as attached storage) use this guide:

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4026635/windows-map-a-network-drive

(In “Folder” put your server hostname. For example: \\xxxx.hostens.cloud)

3.3. In order to connect (mount) Server and MAC OS systems (to use it as attached storage) use this guide:

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204445

(In “Server Address” enter your server hostname. For example: smb://xxxx.hostens.cloud)

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