Using the Grid/Vbrowser quickstart
In the virtual laboratory for e-science (VL-e) project, a VL-e toolkit has been developed. Background an more detailed information can be found on the vbrowser homepage.
What is it for
The Vbrowser, part of the toolkit is a functional tool that can be used as a a desktop file-management client. After proper setup it provides an explorer-like interface to different storage resource available to your VO (i.e on the grid). You can transfer files from your local system to your user interface machine, or directly to a storage element or the LFC. The tool also supports third party transfers. So you can directly move or copy a file from one SE to another.
The latest release can be found here:
When using this tool please subscribe to the Vlet-users mailinglist.
For questions please notify grid support or use the mailinglist.
Very quick start
The vbrowser works pretty much out-of-the-box. It needs your grid certificate installed on your local machine.
Here a short explanation of three types of storage resources that can be used. Right click in the resource tree of vbrowser to create them.
- srm (Storage resource manager)
At your disposal are differents srm servers. All storage elements speak SRM, do a
lcg-infosites --vo <YOURVO> SE
on your user interface to see the ones available to you.
- sftp (secure ftp connection)
Can be used to connect to and transfer files from and to a secure file transfer server, your user interface (UI) can be connected to in that way. Right click in the resource tree; and select 'new sftp resource'. To transfer files just drag and drop, or use right click 'copy'.
Interacts with the logical file catalog 'lfc.grid.sara.nl' is the lfc server at your disposal.
lcg-infosites --vo <YOURVO> lfc
- instructions written for EBioScience: http://amc-app1.amc.sara.nl/twiki/bin/view/EBioScience/VBrowser
- http://www.nikhef.nl/~ptdeboer/vbrowser/ Vbrowser homepage]