Depending upon your workload requirements, you may have the need to share data between multiple VMs within Skytap. This article provides a Skytap Administrator with some example solutions to meet this requirement. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list, only a select handful that Skytap has identified as reliable options.
Adding and sharing files with the Assets page
The Assets page is a Skytap feature for storing files, primarily accessed by Skytap users with a web-browser. You can upload and download files from the Assets page, share files with other users through projects, and host ISOs for use in VMs.
For additional information please see the following page in the following Skytap Help Document:
Using Azure Files
Azure Files provides a fully Cloud-Based file repository and sharing solution that supports several protocols making it easy to share content between Virtual Machines in your Skytap environments. These include:
- Server Message Block (SMB) protocol
- Network File System (NFS)
- Azure Files Rest API
Access is supported by many versions of Windows and Linux. Furthermore, Azure Files provides full replication from your Skytap to Azure files and vice versa. Connectivity from Skytap to Azure Files can be done via:
- Skytap VPN to Azure via an Azure Virtual network gateway
- Skytap ExpressRoute via an Azure ExpressRoute gateway
- Directly from a Skytap Virtual Machine via SMB 3.0 or later via TCP 445 (Default for SMB)
Leveraging a Skytap VM
Skytap VMs can be used to provide file sharing services to Virtual Machines in the same or different environments. Such a VM can be either Windows or Linux, and the Operating System and version of the client should be used to determine the corresponding Operating System and version of the file sharing server. For accessibility from multiple environments there are two options:
- Skytap’s Intra Configuration Network Routing (ICNR) feature
- Providing access to a Skytap VM via a Published Service or Public IP
Please note, there are some limitations of using the ICNR solution such as:
- Limited to up to 100 connections
- Environments must be in the same region to connect using ICNR
Taking advantage of Skytap Course Manager
Skytap’s Course Manager solution features an integrated content sharing service. More information on Skytap Course Manager and content sharing can be found in our online help and documentation. If you would like to add Skytap Course Manager to your subscription or learn more about this offering, please contact your Skytap Account Representative or reach out to us at email@example.com.
Other cloud based file sharing services
For easy desktop access to content, any file sharing service that supports your Client Operating System can be used. Installing one of these solutions on each machine that need to share files is quick and easy. Some of these solutions include: