Adding an Azure Node to File Storage

A node is a local, remote, or cloud workstation running an Aspera transfer server product (IBM Aspera Enterprise Server, IBM Aspera Connect Server). In order to make transfers, Faspex communicates with a node through the Node API. The Node API is a daemon on the transfer server that offers REST-inspired file operations and a transfer management API. Aspera web applications authenticate to remote node services using a Node API username and password. Different nodes may use different Node API username and password pairs.

  1. Go to Server > File Storage.
  2. Click Add New Node.
  3. Enter a unique name to identify the node.
  4. To encrypt the connection to the node using SSL, enable the Use SSL? checkbox.
  5. To verify the SSL certificate, enable the Verify SSL Certificate? checkbox.
    For more information on installing a valid SSL certificate, see Installing a Signed SSL Certificate Provided by Authorities.
  6. Configure the following file storage details:
    Field Description
    Host The node's hostname or IP address.
    To avoid connectivity problems, do not specify a hostname that contains underscores.
    Port The Node API port number. By default, the port is 9092.
    Username The Node API username on the node machine.
    Password The Node API password on the node machine.
  7. Specify whether you are connecting to a node using Windows Azure or Windows Azure SAS storage.
    • If you choose Windows Azure, enter your Windows Azure account credentials.
      Field Description
      Storage account The name of the storage account you want to connect to Faspex.
      Access key Your Windows Azure access key.
      Blob container The blob container that acts as the location that receives transferred files.
      Important: Do not use blob names that end with a dot (.) or a forward slash (/). For more information on naming conventions, see
    • If you choose Windows Azure SAS, enter your Windows Azure SAS URL.
  8. Test the node connection by selecting Test Connection.
    If the connection is successful, Faspex displays: "Connection succeeded!" Otherwise, Faspex displays an error. For more information about troubleshooting the connection, see Troubleshooting File Storage Errors.
  9. If you want to designate a primary transfer address or configure a secondary IP address to allow users to start transfers from different IP addresses, expand the Advanced Configuration section and see Configuring File Storage for more details.
  10. Create the node.
    • Select Create to simply create your node.
    • Select Create and Add File Storage to create your node and proceed to add file storage to your node. For more information on file storage and instructions on how to add it to your node, see Adding File Storage to a Node.