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Article Number: 000019618

ECS: Connecting ECS buckets with WINSCP

Summary: Connecting to ECS buckets for use can be done in WINSCP although there are better tools such as S3browser. WINSCP takes more of a setup off the ECS, so this will be to explain what toSee more

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This setup must be done with a load balancer connected to the ECS, this does not work without one. You will need to create a DNS record locally.  Any special characters in bucket names or namespaces do not work, WINSCP throws an error about the name being invalid (a.g. brian's_bucket).


Use the baseURL in ECS GUI to setup the hostname for WINSCP use. The name is an identifier and can be anything. The baseURL must match later setup and can look something like this <>. Do not use anything already taken within the DNS records as this needs to be setup on DNS later.

To setup a DNS record create the following A and CNAME records using formatting examples:

Example of an A record pointing to the load balancer IP:

Below is the wild card CNAME record example pointing to the A Name record above:

Below is an example of an ECS user information where you can copy the secret key to populate the the WINSCP configuration to access the bucket:

To setup WINSCP using Amazon S3 protocol. The access key ID and Secret access key are what gives you access to buckets and namespaces, the Access key ID is the user the bucket is assigned to and Secret access key is the S3 object access key (in picture below just check show secret key). Whoever you put in your Access key ID will mean you can only see their buckets. Use your baseURL as the hostname and put the namespace for any buckets you are trying to access before such as <namespace.baseURL>.


Additional Information

There was found to be a way to access buckets the user was given access to as well using <bucket.namespace.baseURL>. This will show you that bucket and it's contents as long as the user has been granted access to the bucket.
Please refer to the KB article : 533858 ECS : How to connect ECS with S3 Browser ? to have more information on how to connect to the ECS S3 Buckets using S3 browser application

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ECS Appliance Hardware Gen1 U-Series


ECS Appliance Hardware Gen1 U-Series

Last Published Date

20 Nov 2020



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