Once a POSIX storage gateway has been configured on an endpoint, permitted users can then create collections using the storage gateway. These collections allow permitted Globus users access to the storage system that the storage gateway is configured for.

To create a collection using a storage gateway on an endpoint, first find the endpoint in the Manage Endpoints section of the Globus web interface. Endpoints (and their associated storage gateways) can be found by searching for the endpoint name itself, or by searching for keywords associated with the endpoint or the storage gateways it hosts.

Search for endpoint

Once the endpoint has been located, click on the ‘My Shares’ tab for the endpoint and then click the ‘Add Shared Endpoint’ button to begin the flow for creating a new collection on the endpoint. A list of the storage gateways available on the endpoint will be displayed. Click on the storage gateway you wish to use to create the new collection.

Select Storage Gateway

If this is the first time you’ve created a collection using this storage gateway, you’ll be prompted to select the Globus identity you wish to associate with this collection as well as the local account on the server that this collection should be associated with. If the the Globus user does not have an identity from the identity domain that the storage gateway is configured to use, then the Globus user will not be able to create a collection using the storage gateway. The same is true if the Globus user’s identity cannot be mapped to an appropriate local account on the server hosting the endpoint. See the --domain option in the Managing Storage Gateways section of the GCSv5.1 Installation Guide for more details.

You will next be taken to a form in which you will be prompted to choose various properties of the new collection such as Display Name, Description, etc.

Select Collection Settings

After filling out the form, click the ‘Create Endpoint’ button to create the new collection. The new collection should now be accessible to you.

If you like, you can now grant other users the ability to access your collection by setting ACLs on the collection granting access to other Globus users or Globus groups. In addition, you can also grant other Globus users or Globus Groups certain management abilities for your collection by assigning roles. To learn more about how to do perform such operations, see our documentation here.