Getting started with S3 storage on RackCorp Hybrid Cloud - Windows & Mac

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

Mountain Duck

Expan Drive

Expan Drive

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/

Expan Drive

https://www.expandrive.com/

WINDOWS

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.


3.1.2 Cloudberry Explorer for Windows

Please add a 'S3 Compatible' Connection

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Choose your S3 Source either in the left or right pane of the application

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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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