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Getting started with S3 storage on RackCorp Hybrid Cloud

This document will cover the basics to get up and running to use RackCorp’s S3 storage service, including setting up access keys and secrets, creating buckets and transferring/manipulating your files via a number of third party client applications on Windows.

 There are several ways to host your files on RackCorp S3. This document focuses on Windows Clients but most applications are also available for Mac and Linux.

You are free to use a S3 compliant application of your choosing, although the following applications are validated with our service and for which we can provide limited support and assistance.

Windows

MAC

LINUX

FileZilla Pro Payware

FileZilla Pro Payware

FileZilla Pro Payware

Cyberduck (Browser) Free 

Cyberduck (Browser) Free

rclone

Mountain Duck (Drive) Trial

Mountain Duck (Drive) Trial

 

CloudBerry MSP360 Explorer Free

Cloudberry MSP360 Explorer Free

 

rclone

rclone

 

TNT Drive Trial

 

S3Browser Freeware

 
WinSCP  

 

 

OBJECT STORAGE

 


1. Create your S3 credentials in RackCorp Portal. 

The Storage tab in RackCorp Portal manages your CREDENTIALS and BUCKETS

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Think of your access key as your username
Think of your ‘secret’ key as your password.

 

Once you have created or updated your key, a summary result is displayed. A progress spinner is displayed while your keys are generated and a green tick means they are ready to view.

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Click on the access key to retrieve your access key and secret. This is a ONE-TIME PROCESS.

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TAKE A NOTE OF YOUR ‘SECRET’ DISPLAYED IN THIS POPUP.
It is NOT retrievable.

 

You now have the three elements needed to securely access your files in RackCorp S3

 

In RackCorp S3, there is a many to many relationships between access keys and buckets. This means all keys created under a customer can access all the buckets created under that customer.

 

 

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For bucket names please use alphanumeric characters, dash and no spaces.

 

 

PUBLIC ENABLE  = No key is required to access the bucket.

PUBLIC DISABLE = Access key is required to access the bucket.

 

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 We will demonstrate two types of windows applications as client examples for RackCorp S3. A ‘FTP’ style application and a drive-letter type app, where buckets are mounted as windows drive letters, allowing files to be natively accessed by windows applications without having to GET or PUT them from the S3 server first.

S3 Applications

 

FileZilla Pro Payware

https://filezillapro.com/

Cyber Duck (Browser) Freeware

https://cyberduck.io/

Mountain Duck (Drive) Trial

https://mountainduck.io/

CloudBerry MSP360 Explorer Freeware

https://www.msp360.com/explorer.aspx

CloudBerry MSP360 Drive Trial

https://www.msp360.com/drive.aspx

TNT Drive Trial

https://tntdrive.com/

S3Browser Freeware

https://s3browser.com/

WinSCP

https://winscp.net/eng/index.php

rclone

https://rclone.org/downloads/

These require your files to be downloaded to your computer and then uploaded back to the server when needed.

These types of clients are ideal for managing files that are not often edited and for which you may require additional features to manipulate your files and buckets.

 

Accounts -> Add New Account to setup your keys in the client

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For ‘S3 Browser’, simply drag and drop your files between your PC and your bucket. 

 

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We can see here that our credential has access to two buckets as that’s what we created in the portal.

These applications mount each bucket a driver letter in windows explorer, allowing you to manage your files as if they are native in your windows system. Downloads/uploads occur when you copy files to/from that particular drive letter/bucket.

These are better for managing large numbers of content rich files that would be edited by the end user such as photos text or video, and for those who would like ease of use.

 

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 This document is intended to get you up and running with the RackCorp S3 Storage service using popular Windows client applications.

To use advanced features like file versioning, encryption, Access Control Lists, cross-region replication, Transfer Acceleration, bucket logging and API access, please contact your account manager for additional information. These features may require specific settings or regions to work.

 

Document History:

006: Added WinSCP and rclone

005: Multi Language support

004: Add support and usage guidance for Cyber Duck and Mountain Duck from iterate GmbH

 

Security Token How-To

1. Choose user 

Log into the portal using your username and password and navigate to ADMINISTRATION  -> MY DETAILS

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Click on MY DETAILS. The CLIENTS AND USERS PAGE is displayed. 

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Click USERS to display the assigned users under your CLIENT (customer) account, and select a USER to edit

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2. Find token link 

Note your user details, there should be a SECURITY TOKEN link visible ready to be used for the first time.