Connecting to your Cloud Storage from Windows using SSHFS

In this tutorial, we'll look at connecting to ElasticHosts Cloud Storage Folders from Windows 10, via SSHFS, using SFTP Net Drive.

The client's name is a bit confusing, but since it will effectively add the folder as a network drive on your desktop, it does act as an SSHFS client. Once you set it up and connect to the cloud storage, you can simply move files from and to it as you can do with any other local storage.

Table of Contents

  1. What is Cloud Storage
  2. Log into ElasticHosts
  3. Creating a Cloud Storage
  4. View Connection Details
  5. Download SSHFS client
  6. Install SSHFS
  7. Connect to Cloud Storage
  8. Using the Cloud Storage

What is Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage is our new storage product specifically built for the needs of Linux system administrators and works out of the box with common Linux tools such as Rsync and can be accessed via SSH, SSHFS, and WebDAV. It's a folder backed by regular HHD, available in Lon-b and Dallas zones.

SSD storage? Another zone? If you are looking for cloud storage in another zone or backed on SSD, you will exactly get that from our "Folders". These are the default storage for our Linux Containers but in fact, they can be used by themselves as cloud storage. Folders differ in two areas:
1) They are backed on Solid State Drives (SSD) = faster I/O, slightly higher price;
2) they can be mounted on Containers, whereas Cloud Storage folders can't.

Log into ElasticHosts

The first step is to log into your account in the zone you intend to create your cloud storage. For the sake of this tutorial, we will
Log into your ElasticHosts account

If you don't already have an ElasticHosts account, you can create a trial account here (no credit card needed): 5-day free trial.

Creating a Cloud Storage

Now that you're logged in, you can see your control panel. Here, open the "Add" menu and select Cloud Storage:
Add a new Cloud Storage

A small window will pop up where you can name the storage and finalise its creation.
Name your Cloud Storage

Note: If you want an SSD-backed solution or use a data location that's not Lon-B or Dallas, create a Folder instead of Cloud Storage.

View Connection Details

To connect to the cloud storage, first, we will need to look up the login credentials for the cloud storage. This is very easy to do on the control panel: find the box representing your cloud storage in the control panel and click on the 👁 symbol.
Click on the eye symbol

This will bring up a popup window with every detail you might need - and much more!
See the Connection details

See the "Mounting a folder via SSHFS" heading. It tells us that we will need to use the SSH hostname with the username and password to connect to the cloud storage via SSHFS. But we need an SSHFS client first, so click on the link SFTP Net Drive.

Download SSHFS client

The link brings you to the basic description of the client on the manufacturer's website. To continue, click "Download and Try!" Once on the download page, click on the SFTP Net Drive Free link to download the installer.
Download SSHFS client

Install SSHFS client

Run the installer once it's downloaded.
Install the SSHFS client

Then launch the program.

Connect to Cloud Storage

To set up the Cloud Storage as a network drive in SFTP Net Drive, create a new profile.
Create new profile in SFTP Net Drive

In the next step, we will add the host name for the Cloud Storage. Copy the SSH host name from the Connection details we opened before on the ElasticHosts control panel.
Enter the hostname for the Cloud Storage

In the next step, copy the username and password from the same place.
Enter the username and password

You have all the credentials needed. Press "Connect".
Connect to the Cloud Storage

If you connected to the cloud storage successfully, you should see the following panel. Press "Accept", and then you should see the mounted network drive in the File Explorer.
Validate the Cloud Storage

Using the Cloud Storage

The mount Cloud Storage acts as any other storage drive. You have full control over the storage: you can create, delete and modify every file and subfolder. To see, open it with File Explorer.
Open Cloud Storage in File Explorer

Let's create an empty text file called Example.txt in the Documents folder on your hard drive. Now try to copy it to the network drive via the usual drag and drop.
Copy files from and to the Cloud Storage

Yup, it works like a charm.


You have your network drive up and ready.

Are you looking for other ways to use Cloud Storage? Check out the list of tutorials!

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