Site Prep and Installation

This page explains how to prepare your environment for Globus Connect Server 5. Most of this work can be done within an hour, but in some cases (when you need to reach out to other groups), it may take a few business days for all the setup to be done.

No High-Risk Data

Globus may only be used at Stanford with Low or Medium Risk data. Please do not install this software on systems which have access to any form of High Risk data (including PCI and PHI data).

“Site Prep and Installation” includes three steps:

  • Configuring the firewall.

  • Getting a Globus Connect Server v5 UUID.

  • Installing Globus Connect Server.


Firewall Configuration

Globus Connect Server requires a public IP address, which means your system is at least going to be behind a host firewall. For Globus Connect Server to work, certain inbound and outbound ports will need to be opened.

If you filter inbound traffic, here is what you will need to open:

Don't forget the network firewall

Not only do these ports need to be opened on your server, they need also to be opened on the network firewall. If you need help, talk to your LNA.

  • From any IP address (in the untrust zone), to TCP port 443.

    Starting with version 5, Globus Connect Server sends traffic for three different functions over port 443:

    • Globus management traffic.

    • GridFTP control traffic (used to coordinate transfers).

    • HTTPS endpoint access.

  • From any IP address, in any zone, to all TCP and UDP ports from 50000 up to and including 51000.

    These ports are used for data-transfer traffic. The large range is to facilitate a large number of connections. Almost all transfers are using TCP, but some legacy transfers may use UDP, so it is helpful to keep that open.

    Please do not change this port range! Although Globus does support using a different port range, that can cause problems when exchanging data with a site that also uses a firewall: Their firewall may only be expecting connections to come from—or go to—this port range, and may block everything else.

    The “any” zone is used here; in case you have multiple firewall zones in the same vsys, if there are Globus endpoints in those other zones, they will need to be able to connect to you.

If you also filter outbound traffic, you need to open the following ports:

  • To any IP address, in any zone, on all TCP and UDP ports from 50000 up to and incuding 51000.

    Again, it is important that the entire range be opened up.

  • To (in the untrust zone), on port 443.

    This is the AWS CloudFront IP range which hosts It needs to be open long enough for software packages to be downloaded.

  • To (in the untrust zone), on port 443.

    This is where Globus’ API servers live in AWS. Globus Connect Server communicates back to Globus during endpoint setup and maintenance.

If you use filter outbound traffic and wish to use the Google Drive connector, then you will also need to allow all outbound traffic on port 443. The reason is, Google does not have a fixed set of IP ranges for Google Drive, so limiting is not possible.

Once firewall rules have been submitted, you should proceed to get your Globus Connect Server v5 UUID.


Globus Connect Server v5 UUID

Each Globus Connect Server 5 installation has a unique ID assigned for it.

To , begin by going to Click on “Register a new Globus Connect Server v5”.


When you click on the “Register…” link, you will be prompted to “Log in to Globus Auth”. Choose “Stanford University” from the list of institutions, click “Continue”, and log in.


Globus Connect Server 5 uses OAuth to authenticate back to Globus, so setting up a new Globus Connect Server 5 installation is similar to setting up a new OAuth client. Begin by clicking on “Add another project”.


For the “Project Name”, . For the “Contact Email”, use a group email address (such as a mailing list). Once the project is created, you will see a note saying that the project is empty.

Before you continue, you should proceed to add other team members as admins. You can do this by clicking on the project’s “Add…” button, and choosing “Add/remove Admins”. Globus uses “” as the username format. If you try adding someone, and Globus is unable to find them, then they may not have used Globus before. Ask the user to log in to Globus, and then try again to add them as an admin.

Now you can create a set of credentials for the

Go back to the project, click on the project’s “Add…” button, and choose “Add new Globus Connect Server”.


Software Installation

To install the Globus Connect Server software, you will be installing the globus-connect-server package for your Linux distribution. Follow the instructions from Globus Connect Server installation guide Section 3.1.

Use the Repo

Be sure to get packages directly from the Globus repository, instead of trying to download and install them manually. Doing so ensures that Globus will be updated whenever you do regular server patching.

Expect Many Packages

The `globus-connect-server` package has a large number of dependencies, because Globus Connect Server consists of multiple products (GridFTP, MyProxy, etc.). It may be possible to only install a subset of packages, but this has not been documented. Assistance is welcomed in this area!

Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, and Scientific Linux users

On these distributions, Globus Connect Server requires the `udt` package from EPEL. If you are not comfortable enabling the entire EPEL repository on your system, you should use the appropraite EPEL repository from []( The EPEL repository there is a curated subset of the entire EPEL repository, and includes the `udt` package.

Once packages are installed, you are ready for initial configuration!