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AFU to a secure FTP server

This procedure assumes you have completed the steps in Enable and set timing for AFU and wish to continue with configuration of upload to a secure FTP Server (SFTP).

When using an FTP server to download a file, it is possible to start the download while that file is still in the process of being recorded. This results in an incomplete file. To avoid this, check the status of the file in the Admin panel before beginning the download process.

To configure upload to a secure FTP (SFTP) server:

  1. Select SFTP Client from the protocol drop down list in the Automatic File Upload configuration page; the lower half of the page reflects the selection.

  1. Specify the target Server address. If your system is configured with DHCP or has a valid DNS configuration (see Configure DHCP), you can use the server’s fully qualified domain name instead of the IP address.
  2. Specify the Server Port used for the target SFTP server. The standard port is 22.
  3. Enter the SFTP account username in the Login field.
  4. Enter the SFTP account password in the Password field; the characters are masked with dots. (Alternatively you can choose to use a private key instead of a password for authentication.)
  5. Select Use temp file to name files with a temporary filename extension (.part) on the server until upload is complete.

For secure file transfer you can upload an SSH identity for your Standalone VGA Grid. This key must be trusted by the destination server. Details for generating the key and setting up this trust are beyond the scope of this document.

  1. If desired, scroll down to the section labelled SSH identity for SCP and SFTP clients.
    1. If no identity is uploaded, or to upload a new identity (overwrites the old identity):
      1. Click Choose File; a file selection dialog opens.
      2. Select the private key file from your hard drive and click Open.

      The system accepts RSA keys for SSH-1; DSA, ECDSA, EC25519 and RSA for SSH-2. Keys must be in OpenSSH format.

      1. Click Upload to upload the file.
    2. Use the Test your key field to test your uploaded key against the secure server, if desired.
  2. Click Apply; if there are any problems the system notifies you with a message: One or more parameter values are not valid and those were not applied!

The following table describes the options applicable to configuring upload to a SFTP server.

SFTP Automatic Upload Configuration Options

NameDescription / Options
Server addressThe IP address (or fully qualified domain name) of the SFTP server.
Server portThe port used by the target SFTP server. Standard port is 22.
LoginUsername for the SFTP server.
PasswordPassword for the SFTP user.
Use temp file Causes files to be named with .part extension on the server during active upload. When the upload completes, the file is renamed to the appropriate extension (.mov, .mp4 or .avi).