Remote SFTP/SSH Access to Cloud Hosting packages with Cloudnexa


A common task when leveraging Cloudnexa’s Starter cloud hosting packages is how to gain access via SFTP or SSH to an Auto Scaled environments. With Starter hosting and the power of DevOps, you can quickly provision SFTP or SSH based docker containers for remote access to your application files. Cloudnexa has streamlined this process with AWS Cloudformation and Docker to ensure consistency and reliability. To get started, login to your vNOC account.

  1. After navigating to Hosting -> Packages, you will see the hosting summary screen, from here select your package name / package id number and click the Details Icon.

  2. Select Remote Access Task and enter a password for the SFTP access.

  3. In about 5 minutes from being requested, you will see connection details show up.

  4. Authorize your IP Address for access. Access to the SFTP/SSH server and Database is restricted by not only user name and password, but also by IP address. If you do not know your IP address, you can find it by using this site:

  5. Download SFTP Client Tools: For Windows users, if you have not already, please download WinSCP and unzip/install the program.

  6. Select SFTP connection from the drop down.

  7. Enter the servers Host name, User name and Password. Optionally you can configure key pair access via the Advanced tab.

  8. Select Login.

  9. NOTE: If you are running a Starter VPS Cloud Hosting package, once logged into the sftp server, you will see a folder with the web application name first, then conf and www underneath it. By default, the initial created application on your VPS environment is called default. To identify all your web applications running on your VPS package, click on Manage Web Applications.

  10. Once you have logged into your SFTP server and selected the correct Web Application name (as discussed above), you will see a folder structure for conf and www. The folder for conf will hold a configurable php.ini and an apache vhost.conf file. The www folder is where all the web application files should be stored.

  11. With WinSCP, once navigated into the www folder, you can drag and drop your web application files in to upload.