Cloud Folders are supported on the US East Region only.
CloudShare offers a feature that enables you to quickly move your local files (code, content, configurations and software) into your CloudShare machines using Cloud Folders. Your Cloud Folder is available to all machines in your environment and to all environments you have access to.
To upload small files directly from your local machine via drag & drop you can use the RDP File to connect via Windows Remote Desktop Connection or a similar tool. This method is not recommended for large transfers.
- When configuring your FTP client of choice, make sure to use FTP passive connection mode
- Upload to your Cloud Folder using the above FTP information using binary mode for binary files or ASCII for text files. Note: ASCII mode transfer on binary files will result in a corrupted file
You may have used the mapped local drive within the RDP session to transfer files to CloudShare machines. While this approach works well for small files, the RDP connection is not optimized for transferring large files and can time out. You could also use the regular Internet connection to download files to machines but this is not available during the free trial period for security reasons.
Cloud Folders provide 3 benefits:
- Speed - FTP provides a fast mechanism to upload large files, which has been a challenge uploading over a slower RDP connection that users have used.
- Privacy - You can upload only the required files into your Cloud Folder and make it visible in the machines. [The RDP connection maps your entire local drive to the machine]. With collaboration features, multiple users (developers, QA, customers) may have access to your machine when you're logged in.
- Sharing content between machines and environments - The Cloud Folder can be mapped to any of the machines you have access to, and enables rapid sharing of content between machines as well as all environments you have access to.
- Space - 30 GB
Linux builds require the CIFS client to be installed for Cloud Folders to be accessible:
sudo apt-get install cifs-utils
If you do not wish to install CIFS, you can still use an FTP client to connect to the folder.
If you receive a security prompt to confirm the certificate, you can confirm this with the SHA keys below:
SHA1 Fingerprint =0C:1F:D0:99:3F:33:D3:01:71:8B:62:21:44:3E:B4:7C:2C:BB:EB:50
You can access your Cloud Folders FTP information and regenerate your password, simply by clicking the new Cloud Folders tab in your CloudShare application.
- Path: folders.cloudshare.com
- User: your CloudShare user-id (the email address used for your CloudShare Account
- Password: your Cloud Folders FTP password. You can regenerate your password by clicking the regenerate link
- You can click on the link in order to see your Cloud Folders in your default FTP client software.
In order to make your Cloud Folders available on a machine in your environment, all you need to do is to go to your Environment Viewer in CloudShare, and click the 'Environment Actions' option, then 'Show' your cloud folder in the left panel. Once shown, the same Cloud Folder will be available in all machines in your environment.
On Windows you can click the Cloud Folders shortcut on your desktop to see the files on your CloudShare Folders. On Linux you should go to /CloudFolders directory.
You can also mount your Cloud Folder to all machines in your environment at once by clicking the 'Show my Cloud Folder from your environment view page.
Your Cloud Folder and all your uploaded content in it is now locally available to all the machines in your environment. You can move files, install software and start working.
If you or your organisation requires a more secure connection we have included secure protocols for Cloud Folders as well by connecting over secure ports.
To use FTPS’ secure functions, simply bring up your preferred file transfer application
- Use the standard CloudShare host address: folders.cloudshare.com
- Set the port as 21, or port range 18000-18020
- Set the encryption method as FTP over TLS