Configuring for Faspex

The steps below describe configuring as the transfer server for IBM Aspera Faspex.

  1. Install Enterprise/Connect Server.

    If you haven't already, follow the steps in Standard Installation to install (the transfer server).

    The transfer server can be set up in either of the following configurations:
    • locally, on the same host as Faspex
    • remotely, on a separate host

    Note: For a local setup, most configuration is taken care of automatically when Faspex is installed in a later step. For this reason, Enterprise Server/Connect Server should be installed first.

    All steps must be performed as root.

  2. (LOCAL SETUP ONLY) Check aspera.conf settings and adjust if necessary.
    In the aspera.conf file (/opt/aspera/etc/aspera.conf) check the following:
    • Look for <persistent_store> in the <central_server> section, and be sure that it is set to enable (default value). This setting allows the retention of historical transfer data used by the stats collector.
    • Look for the <dir_allowed> setting for the faspex user, and ensure that it's set to true.

    If you change settings, you must restart asperacentral and asperanoded.

    # /etc/init.d/asperanoded restart
    # /etc/init.d/asperacentral restart

    If you are installing locally (on the same machine as Faspex), continue by installing Faspex as described in the Aspera Faspex Admin Guide.

    If you are setting up as a remote transfer server node, continue with the steps below.

  3. Create the system user on the transfer-server host.

    The system user authenticates the actual ascp transfer and must be an operating system account. Run the following commands to: (1) create the group faspex; (2) create the system user faspex; and (3) configure it to use the Aspera secure shell, aspshell.

    # /usr/sbin/groupadd -r faspex
    # /usr/sbin/useradd -r faspex -s /bin/aspshell-r -g faspex
  4. Create and configure the Faspex packages directory.

    Run the following commands to create the packages directory /home/faspex/faspex_packages:

    # mkdir -p /home/faspex/faspex_packages
    # chown -R faspex:faspex /home/faspex/faspex_packages 
  5. Add the faspex user to Enterprise/Connect Server.

    Launch the desktop application and click Configuration.

    Click the Configuration.

    In Server Configuration, select the Users tab. Then click the Add user button.

    In the Add User dialog that appears, fill in the name "faspex" and click OK; faspex is then added to the user list.

    To specify a docroot, make sure faspex is selected in the user list, and click the Docroot tab in the right panel. For the Absolute Path setting, check the Override box, and under Effective Value fill in /Users/faspex/faspex_packages. For the read, write, and browse settings, check the Override boxes and select true.

    You can also add and configure the faspex user for by modifying aspera.conf, instead of using the application GUI. For details, see Setting Up Users.

  6. Modify aspera.conf.

    The aspera.conf file is found in the following location:


    Below is a typical aspera.conf file. Yours may differ, particularly if you have installed other Aspera products. Copy any absent portions from the example below. Modify the following settings, as necessary:

    • Add the Faspex package directory as a docroot. In the file below, look for the <absolute> tag to see how the docroot has been defined in this installation, and adjust yours accordingly.
    • Look for the <server_name> tag, and ensure that server_ip_or_name has been replaced with the name or IP address of your server.
    • Look for <persistent_store> in the <central_server> section, and be sure that it is set to enable (the default value).
    • Look for the <dir_allowed> setting for the faspex user, and ensure that it's set to true.

    <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
    <CONF version="2"> 

    After modifying aspera.conf, restart the asperacentral and asperanoded services.

    # /etc/init.d/asperacentral restart
    # /etc/init.d/asperanoded restart
  7. Verify that you have a valid transfer server license installed.

    Verify that the transfer server has a valid Faspex-enabled license for . To check this from the command line, run ascp -A and review the enabled settings list. For example:

    Enabled settings: connect, mobile, cargo, node, proxy, http_fallback_server, 
    group_configuration, shared_endpoints, desktop_gui

    If the list includes connect and http_fallback_server, you have a Faspex-enabled server license.

    You can also check the license from the desktop client GUI. The License dialog (Tools > License) includes the fields Connect Clients Enabled and Http Fallback Server Enabled. If both are set to Yes, you have a Faspex-enabled license.

    Because this Faspex configuration uses as a remote transfer service, it requires the Aspera Node API. For this reason, whenever you update your license (see Updating the Product License), you must reload the asperanoded service afterwards. Reload the asperanoded service by running asnodeadmin, found in the following location:

    # /opt/aspera/bin/asnodeadmin --reload 
  8. Set up the node user.

    Set up the node user and associate it with the faspex user by running the asnodeadmin command, as in the following example--where node-admin is the node user, s3cur3_p433 is the node user's password, and faspex is the system user. Then run asnodeadmin again to reload asperanoded.

    # /opt/aspera/bin/asnodeadmin -a -u node-admin -p s3cur3_p433 -x faspex
    # /opt/aspera/bin/asnodeadmin --reload 
  9. Install the Connect key.

    First, locate your Connect key:


    Then, create a .ssh folder (if it does not already exist) in the faspex user's home directory:

    # mkdir -p /home/faspex/.ssh

    Run the following commands to create the keyfile authorized_keys (if it does not already exist), and append the key text to it:

    # cat /opt/aspera/var/ >> /home/faspex/.ssh/authorized_keys

    Run the following commands to change the key directory and keyfile's ownership to the faspex user, to allow access by the faspex group, and to set permission bits:

    # chown -R faspex:faspex /home/faspex/.ssh/authorized_keys
    # chmod 600 /home/faspex/.ssh/authorized_keys
    # chmod 700 /home/faspex
    # chmod 700 /home/faspex/.ssh
  10. Ensure the firewall is set up correctly on your transfer server
    For details, see Configuring the Firewall.
  11. Configure your remote transfer server in the Faspex Web GUI.

    Follow the instructions in Aspera Faspex Admin Guide: Transfer Server for configuring your remote transfer server in the Faspex Web GUI underServer > File Storage.