December 3, 2020 - 1:45 CST

Globus Connect Personal Basics

Trial Checklist: Get the most out of your free Globus subscription

Getting Started

  • Install Globus Connect Server and set up a managed endpoint
    Endpoints use Globus Connect Server (GCS) to connect a file system to Globus. A managed endpoint is an endpoint with full administrative capabilities enabled. (management console, usage reports), capable of hosting shared endpoints, and for which you can receive technical support from the Globus team.
  • Install Globus Connect Personal
    With Globus Connect Personal (GCP) you can share and transfer files to/from a local machine, campus server, desktop or laptop-even if it is behind a firewall.
  • Enable login with your organization's identity provider
    If your institutional identity provider is federated with InCommon/CILogon and configured to release the Research and Scholarship attributes it will automatically appear in the Globus Login Pulldown menu. If you don’t see your institution in the list on this page, find out what’s required to add it. Now the researchers at your organization can use their institutional identities to authenticate to Globus and identify themselves within the Globus ecosystem. 
  • Move some files
    Go ahead and try moving some files. For an initial test some tutorial endpoints have been already set up.

Understanding The Basics

  • Set up a guest collection and share data

    Globus Guest Collections are indispensable tools for providing a method of access to your local file system to those that do not have local accounts. This gives you a way to create incoming or outgoing data repositories quickly and securely to foster collaboration. They also have an often overlooked functionality in that roles can be granted to other Globus users to give them a level of control over the collection.

    Sharing from Globus guest collections allows your researchers to share data and collaborate with peers at other institutions, but unlike other methods such as setting up ftp/sftp sites, emailing large files, sending disks via courier, etc. it takes the administrative burden off of already busy research computing staff and provides a safe, reliable, secure, fast and auditable mechanism for file sharing.

  • Learn about Endpoint roles, what they mean and how to use them
    For redundancy, security and flexibility Globus allows you to assign roles on your managed endpoint to other Globus users. Administrator, Access Manager, Activity Manager and Activity Monitor roles may be delegated to others. This is especially handy for endpoints managed by a group of technical staff.
  • Set up a group
    Globus groups can greatly simplify sharing with multiple people, both within and outside your organization. Groups can also be used to delegate management of Globus endpoints to multiple administrators and others on your team.

Management Features and Benefits

  • Monitor activity with the management console
    The management console provides an interface to monitor and manage activity on managed endpoints and is available to subscribers. This allow activity monitors to identify and troubleshoot faults that may indicate underlying infrastructure issues, and manage resources on their infrastructure.
  • View Globus usage reports to see how researchers are using the service
    Subscription Manager Identities will have access to monthly usage reports that will be generated for your subscription. These reports can be found at the Globus Guest Collection named "Globus Usage Reports". If you're a subscription manager for your institution, you can navigate to this collection and use Globus to transfer the usage reports. You will see a directory with the name of your institution, a dash and the UUID of the subscription you are seeking usage reports for, e.g. “University of Chicago-9cb39bd2-eb60-11e9-8a5a-0e35e66293c2”. Since single institutions can have multiple subscriptions, including the subscription UUID is necessary. Inside this directory you will find two types of reports:
    • A set of spreadsheets containing monthly usage summary data and charts. They provide a number of "views" of the activity on your Globus endpoints for the given month, and can help you compare actual usage to your subscription levels. Spreadsheets are named using the year and month as a prefix; for example, data for August 2015 would be in the file 202101_Globus_Usage_Monthly_Summary.xlsx. New reports are automatically generated at the beginning of the month, containing data for the previous month.
    • A CSV (Comma Separated Values) file called Globus_Usage_Transfer_Detail.csv that contains complete usage history for all your endpoints. This is useful if you want to analyze the data using your own reporting/BI tool. There is always just one copy of this file, and it is updated monthly with the most recent file transfers to/from your endpoints.
  • Learn about performance and tuning of your Endpoints

    Globus Connect Server (GCS) is software that is installed on physical or virtual hardware commonly called a Data Transfer Node (DTN). Globus utilizes a transfer protocol that can yield exceptional performance. When you set up a new endpoint, Globus will configure a set of default “network use” parameters to control performance. In most cases these defaults are optimal but you can modify them to increase throughput, if needed. Network use parameters are listed in the Server tab of the endpoint configuration page on the Globus Web App. You can learn more about the various parameters here.

    Note: Data transfer speeds between DTNs are only as good as the network that connects them and the capabilities of the data transfer nodes. For questions regarding network configuration best practices and selecting hardware for DTNs we refer you to our partners at ESNet. Their Faster Data web site has tons of great information on maximizing data transfer throughput by using a Science DMZ and network tuning.

  • Enable HTTPS access to allow data downloads directly via your browser
    Enable browsing, preview, and downloading of files on Globus endpoints directly within a web browser (without requiring Globus Connect Personal). Files may also be accessed by other applications that support HTTPS data access, all with full enforcement of user-specified access control.

Advanced Features

  • Learn about the Globus Platform Services
    The Globus platform enables developers to provide robust file transfer, sharing and search functionality within their applications and services, while leveraging identity management, single sign-on, and authorization capabilities with a number of developer APIs
  • Experiment with the Command Line Interface (CLI)
    The Globus CLI provides an interface to Globus services from the shell, and is a great way to automate simple repetitive tasks, integrate Globus commands into your existing scripts, or run ad hoc Globus commands—for those users that prefer to live on the command line. Watch an overview video, install CLI, and try running through the QuickStart Guide.
  • Learn more about the developer APIs
    Globus offers a number of APIs including Globus Auth, Groups, Search, Transfer and a Python SDK. Take a look at the developer documentation which assists developers to integrate the APIs with applications and services.

Subscription Upgrade Options

  • Learn about the premium storage connectors
    Premium storage connectors enable a uniform interface for accessing, moving and sharing across a diverse set of storage systems ranging from cloud object stores to tape archives and more. Connectors are available for Google Cloud, Google Drive, Amazon S3, Caringo, Wasabi, Box, Quantum ActiveScale, Spectra Logic BlackPearl, HPSS, Ceph, iRODS and Hadoop HDFS.
  • Manage protected data
    The High Assurance and HIPAA/BAA subscription levels allow use of Globus with data that requires additional protection, including Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Protected Health Information (PHI), and controlled but unclassified data. Subscribers at these levels may identify storage systems with sensitive data that require a higher level of assurance and Globus will ensure that stricter access policies, as required by the institution, are enforced. Subscribers also have access to comprehensive documentation describing Globus operations and processes for compliance with HIPAA and NIST 800-171. High Assurance and HIPAA/BAA subscriptions currently apply to Globus file transfer and sharing functionality, and their underlying platform services such as Globus Auth—search and Globus ID are not included. Request pricing for this capability.

Technical Support

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Find Other Globus Users at Your Institution

Ever wonder who else at your organization might be using Globus? You can discover this by email domain through the Globus Search functionality.

  • If you have a Guest Collection configured you can use it. If you do not, you can create one on the “Globus Tutorial Endpoint 1” by following the instructions located here: 
  • When you get to the point where you “Add Permissions - Share With”, in the “User name or Email” text box, enter the domain used by your institution’s email addresses, for example “”. Search will supply a list of Globus users that used an email address from this domain associated with an identity that has been used with Globus.