How to configure your Aspera Server for On Demand Entitlement

Aspera highly recommends users to take advantage of our pre-configured images available in AWS or SoftLayer, as these are more reliable and easier to configure. If you must install the software on AWS or SoftLayer manually, ensure you have the supported versions of each.


This document describes the basic steps for installing and configuring an Aspera Enterprise Server for On Demand data transfer metering.

There are also instructions available for enabling entitlement for your On Demand web applications here.


  • Aspera Provided software download credentials for Aspera Enterprise Server
  • Aspera Provided Customer Name
  • Aspera Provided Entitlement ID


  1. Navigate to the Aspera software download site, and download the latest Enterprise Server release. NOTE: the Aspera License Entitlement Engine is currently (April 2013) only available on Linux systems.
  2. Log into your server as the  root user and install the Aspera software:
    # rpm -Uvh aspera-entsrv-3.x.x-linux-64.rpm
  3. Make sure there are no firewall ports open that are blocking outbound TCP 443.
  4. Enable the Aspera Entitlement Service, by running this command:
    #/opt/aspera/bin/ enable
  5. Restart the asperanoded service   
    # /etc/init.d/asperanoded restart
  6. Run the ALEE (Aspera License Entitlement Engine) commands to register the information. In example below, customer_ID is the Customer ID and d18bb7ba-7fac-409d-9200-e2cbaf246d5c is the Entitlement ID
    # /opt/aspera/bin/alee-admin register foo d18bb7ba-7fac-409d-9200-e2cbaf246d5c

    NOTE: If you receive an error about running the command as root (even though you are root or you are running it via sudo), or user should belongs to aspadmins groups, please, run the following command before retrying the previous one:

    # usermod -G aspadmins nobody

  7. Validate with ascp
    # ascp -A
  8. Object Storage access: If you are using the Aspera Server to access supported object storage, then you also need to enable the trapd service. Once the trap service is enabled, you can proceed to configure your users with their Object Storage Document root.
    # /opt/aspera/bin/ enable
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