Using Globus

Browse endpoints, folders and files

Once you are logged in to Globus you can use it to transfer files. The main part of the interface is two lists of files that is empty until you choose a location. Each side can be different locations or the same. In Globus a location is always known as an "Endpoint".

Blank Transfer Interface

If you click on the Endpoint input box at the top left of the screen.

Transfer Endpoint Hightlight

It will search for all available servers and locations that you could possibly transfer files. If you search for the word "usask" you will find the USASK GLOBUS Gateway endpoint. This endpoint will let you access Datastore and Plato files and folders.

Transfer Search

It will then ask you for your Usask NSID username and password (e.g. abc123).

Transfer Login

Below the endpoint entry box where you found "USASK Globus Gateway" there is also a path.

The path '/datastore/' will let you see the folders on Datastore (you will only be able to access folders that you have permission to access)

The path '/plato/' will let you access your folder and files on Plato.

Transfer folder list

You can move up one folder by clicking on the button above the file list.

Transfer Up One Folder

There is a little menu of three lines right above the file list that lets you create new folders, rename files and folders, or delete files and folders.

Transfer Menu

Transfer Files and Folders

To transfer files and folders using Globus Transfer there is a left side and a right side. The left and right hand sides can be using the same endpoint and path but more commonly different ones. To transfer you need to choose an endpoint and path for both sides. To get the second endpoint (whether it is the same or different) click on the endpoint input box in the top right side of the screen and navigate to a path that you want to transfer from or to.

Transfer Two Endpoints

Once you have chosen an endpoint and path for both sides you can click on a folder or file on either side you want to transfer and one of the big arrows in the top middle of the page will show in blue instead of gray. Click on the blue arrow to initiate the transfer.

Transfer Arrow

You can choose multiple files and folders by holding the "ctrl" key on Windows and Linux or the "command" key on OS X and click on each file or folder individually. Alternatively, you can use the shift key to select the first and the last one in a list of files and folders to transfer.

Transfer Two Selected

At the very bottom of the screen there are several handy options for transferring.

You can label your transfers with a name that makes it easy to check its progress later on in the "Activity" tab which we will talk about next.

You can also choose options to sync, delete files on the destination that don't exist on the source (useful if you are deleting files and want to clean things up in both places).

Transfer Selected

A green notification will pop up telling you the transfer has started and under "Recent Activity" in the top right corner there will be a new green circle if the transfer started correctly, yellow triangle if there is something wrong, such as no free space, or a red octogon if there is an error, such as you don't have permission to transfer.


Transfer Selected

To monitor how your transfers are doing you can click on the "Activity" menu option in the top right of the page and it will take you to a list of transfers:

Activity List

Click on any of the transfer titles to access the details of the transfer such as its speed and status.

Activity In Progress

To view any errors or warnings click on the "Event Log" tab and then expand the error using the little gray arrow on the right hand side:

Activity Expand Error

If you want to transfer files between your laptop / desktop and a server (Datastore, Plato, Cedar, Graham etc.) checkout this guide to install Globus Connect Personal.

If you are transferring between servers that already have Globus (Datastore to Plato or Datastore to Cedar / Graham) you can find more information about the endpoints available here.

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