Question & Answer
ascp connectivity testing
Aspera transfers are able to function thanks to
ascp which runs on both a server and client when a FASP transfer is being made.
ascp can also be used as a command line tool to make transfers directly with commands rather than a GUI.
ascp command line tool can additionally provide a quick and simple method of checking whether a client can properly connect to a server to make an Aspera transfer at all.
The method involves using an
ascp option that tests and measures the bandwidth between the client and server.
The general syntax for testing
ascp connectivity is the following:
[ASPERA_SCP_PASS=remote_password] ascp -wf -P ssh_port remote_user@remote_host:/
Replace the placeholders in the command as follows:
- remote_host: The IP address or host name of the Aspera server
- remote_user: A valid transfer user on the Aspera server
- ssh_port: The port on the Aspera server used for SSH authentication
- remote_password: The transfer users password (optional)
-wf option specifies that bandwidth should be measured from the client to the server.
ASPERA_SCP_PASSvalue and type in your password after running the ascp command instead.
If a connection can be successfully established between client and server you will see a response like the following after running the command:
Measuring bottleneck bandwidth from 10.0.201.74 to 10.0.201.216 Measured bottleneck capacity: 426.3 Mbps
If a connection cannot be successfully made you will see an error message.
For instance if your SSH (TCP) port is being blocked by a firewall you would see the following:
ascp: Failed to open TCP connection for SSH exiting. Session Stop (Error: Failed to open TCP connection for SSH)
For more information on this TCP connection error see this KB article on the TCP error 44.
If you want to test
ascp connectivity to a server at
myAspera.server.com where the transfer user is jane_doe the password is aspera and the SSH port is 33001 you would use the following command:
ASPERA_SCP_PASS=aspera ascp -wf -P 33001 janedoe@myAspera.server.com:/
You can run this same command without the password value and type in the password when prompted after running the
# ascp -wf -P 33001 janedoe@myAspera.server.com:/ Password:
08 December 2018