Node API Setup

The Aspera Node API comes with your installation of Point-to-Point. To use it, you must set up a Node username and password and configure your server.

  1. Create an Aspera transfer user.
    The Aspera transfer user authenticates the actual ascp transfer, and must be an operating system user on the node. If the operating system user does not exist, create the user.

    Create a user account—for example, aspera_user_1—on your operating system by clickingControl Panel > User Accounts. (Creating a user account requires administrator permissions.)

    Note: After creating a Windows user account, log in as that user as least once in order for Windows to set up the user's home folder—for example, C:\Users\aspera_user_1. Once the user's home folder has been created, log back in as an administrator and continue the steps below.

    Configure the operating system user in Point-to-Point to make it an Aspera transfer user. For instructions, see Setting Up Users.

    Note: The Aspera transfer user must have a docroot configured (see Document Root). After setting the user's docroot, restart the Node service, as described in Configuring the Server for the Node API.
  2. Configure the Aspera transfer user with a Node API username and password.
    Aspera's Web applications authenticate to the remote node service using a Node API username and password. The following command creates a Node API username and password, and associates it with a file transfer user, in this example aspera_user_1. Different nodes may use different Node API username-password pairs.
    > asnodeadmin -a -u node_api_username -p node_api_passwd -x aspera_user_1

    Adding, modifying, or deleting a node user triggers automatic reloading of the configuration and license files, as well as the user database.

  3. (Optional) Change HTTPS port and/or SSL certificate.
    The Aspera Node API provides an HTTPS interface for encrypted communication between node machines (on port 9092, by default). To modify the HTTPS port, see Configuring the Server for the Node API. For information on maintaining and generating a new SSL certificate, see Setting up SSL for your Nodes.