Setting Up Users

Your Aspera server uses your system accounts to authenticate connections. These system accounts must be added and configured as transfer accounts before attempting an Aspera transfer. When creating transfer accounts, you may also specify user-based settings, including those for bandwidth, document root (docroot) and file handling.

You must create systems accounts for transfer users before they can be configured on your Aspera server. After these system accounts have been created and initialized on your local host, follow the steps below to configure their transfer accounts.

Note: User names are case sensitive on Windows as of version 3.0.0.
  1. Add a system user to your Aspera server.
    Log into your computer with your Administrator account and launch the application by clicking Start menu > All Programs > Aspera > Point-to-Point . Right click Point-to-Point and click Run as administrator. Click Configuration in the UI.
    Click the Configuration.

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

    Add the test user.
  2. Enter user's name and optional domain, and set login requirement.
    In the Add User dialog, enter the user's name and optional domain, then click OK. For domain users, you can require that they log into their accounts using the DOMAIN\username format (which is also recommended by Aspera). To set this requirement, click the Options button under the Users tab in the Server Configuration window. Select the checkbox to set the requirement for new users and/or click the Convert existing users button to set the requirement for existing domain accounts.
    Add the test user login requirement.
    Note: Usernames cannot contain the "@" symbol, except when using the user@domain format. For additional information, see Product Limitations.
  3. Set the user's docroot.
    You can limit a user's access to a given directory using the document root (docroot). To set it up, click Configuration > Users >username > Docroot. Select the Override box for Absolute Path and enter or select an existing path as the user's docroot -- for example, C:\sandbox\aspera_user_1 . Make sure that at least the Read Allowed and Browse Allowed are set to true. When finished, click OK or Apply.
    Set up the docroot.

    If there is a pattern in the docroot of each user, for example, C:\sandbox\username, you can take advantage of a substitutional string. This allows you to assign an independent docroot to each user without setting it individually for each user.

    Substitutional String Definition Example
    $(name) system user's name C:\sandbox\$(name)
    $(DOMAIN) domain user's domain name C:\sandbox\$(DOMAIN)\$(name)
    $(home) system user's home directory $(home)\Documents

    To set up a docroot with a substitutional string, in the Server Configuration dialog, select the Global tab and the Docroot tab, and enter the docroot into the Absolute Path field. This value will be duplicated in all user settings.

    Use the substitutional string for the docroot.