SFTP 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 to the Auto Scaled environments. With SFTP, you can quickly upload your web application files to the package. 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 Task’s Icon.

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

  3. On the same screen, navigate to the Overview Tab and the SFTP Server connection details should show up in about 5 - 10 minutes from being requested.

  4. Authorize your IP Address for access. Access to the SFTP 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: www.whatsmyip.org

  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, navigate back to Tasks, then 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.