How to install AST-Link for Windows (old)

Uploaded by AutomaticSync on 09.02.2010

>> Hello. This is a short video on seting up AST-Link on your Windows PC.
You'll only need to do this once.
Thereafter, just follow the typical operation steps.
These are discussed in a separate video.
AST-Link uses secure file transfer based on public-private key encryption.
Therefore, our first step after installing AST-Link is
to create a public-private key pair.
And then we will place the public key up on the AST server and your private key,
and only your private key, can encrypt messages between these two servers.
So let's jump to the first step.
Installing AST-Link.
Unzip the AST-Link install zip and run the setup.exe.
You'll first need to agree to the license Terms
and Conditions with respect to AST-Link.
Please read these carefully before agreeing.
After the installation is successful you will see a new Automatic Sync folder
under Programs.
And under that folder you will see PuTTY TTY Gen.
This will generate the public-private keys.
So let's make sure that SSH-2 RSA is selected.
And let's set the number of bits to 2,048.
Instead of the default 1,024.
Next, click Generate.
It will ask you to provide some mouse movement to provide the randomness
in generating the key to install the instructions.
It will then generate the key.
And ask you to save the public and private key portions thereof.
Optionally, it would ask you if you would
like to protect it by a passphrase.
You do not need to do so, or should not do so for use
with the AST-Link application.
So let's make sure when we save it, we save the public and private keys
to secure locations on your PC.
So perhaps we'll save the public key here.
And the private key -- yes we are sure that we don't want
to have a passphrase at this point in time.
And let's say private.
Now you will see the public portion of the key up here in this particular pane.
So let's select it all, and copy it.
So, Control-C, copy.
Let's leave that up there.
And now let's log into the AST server.
Okay. And we'll notice a batch in the left-hand nav.
This is where we keep track of SSH keys.
So you can add as many SSH keys as you have clients
and or users running AST-Link.
So let's click the plus key to Add.
And paste the public key we copied from the key generate application in here.
And we add a note.
So -- then we click Add Key.
And we will note that the key is in status of Pending.
And again, you can have as many keys as you need for as many computers
that need to be using AST-Link.
If at some point of time the private key becomes compromised, you can then log
into the AST site and disable this key
so that compromised key can no longer connect to the AST service.
So we will refresh this particular page until we see the status change to Ready.
When the status is Ready we will be able to connect via AST-Link.
And begin uploading from there.
So while we're waiting for that to change to the status of Ready,
the other thing you will note at the outset here is that your settings need
to be verified in the Web Interface for use with AST-Link.
In particular, the advanced settings with respect to which outputs you want,
line lengths, colors, this sort of thing.
So, for example, we selected Real Media, QuickTime,
Windows Media Player, AST, and Google Video.
So we could, for example, remove Google Video, and then "save the
above as default" and apply these changes.
Thereafter all the submissions
that we do via AST-Link will use those preferences.
So it's important that the defaults get set here before you use AST-Link.
You'll be able to see what the settings are in AST-Link, but you're only able
to change them via the Web Interface.
So let's go back to the batch and see if its changed already yet.
Ah, it is.
So we notice that the status is now Ready,
and therefore we can now start AST-Link.
So Program, Automatic Sync Technologies, and AST-Link.
So let's configure.
And the user name is the user name that we log into the server with.
That was bill.
And the private key is where we save the key that we just generated
by the PuTTy Key Gen. There it is.
And the first time you connect you will see a warning message like this.
And it's asking us to verify that this key --
fingerprint here, is in fact AST's server fingerprint.
And indeed it is.
You can check the manual to verify that that's AST's fingerprint.
So click Yes.
It's now going to get the settings from the server, and you'll be able
to see the preferences which we had set using the Web Interface.
So, for example, our text sizes, colors, and that sort of thing.
All right.
We were now ready to begin up loading batches.
This will be covered in a separate video, however.