Rally - On-premises: How to generate a PEM file for SFTP backups


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Version 2.0 of Rally on-premises introduces a new method for using remote SFTP backups.  Instead of storing username and passwords, the appliance now stores a PEM file generated from the appliance that is stored on the SFTP server.

This article discusses the steps on generating that key pair, uploading it and configuring the backup settings in the appliance.


Component: ACPREM


SSH into the on-premises appliance
Run this command to generate a 2048 bit RSA key
$ ssh-keygen -t rsa -b 2048 -v

This will prompt you for a filename.  Enter something simple and unique like "rally".  There is no need to enter a password.

Generating public/private rsa key pair.
Enter file in which to save the key (/home/ops/.ssh/id_rsa): rally
Enter passphrase (empty for no passphrase): 
Enter same passphrase again: 
Your identification has been saved in rally.
Your public key has been saved in rally.pub.
The key fingerprint is:
SHA256:a2JVkaY7V2VtCum+uP6pcsuxCYLSDmM3Di5lMBl3GWI [email protected]
The key's randomart image is:
+---[RSA 2048]----+
|XE=...ooooo      |
|&=o.. +          |
|oB  o+.o . .     |
|. .. + o.= + .   |
|     . =S* .     |
|    o . =.       |
|     o o         |
|    .........    |
|     +=++.       |

Next we need to copy the key to the SFTP server.  In this example, the SFTP server is, however yours will likely be different.
$ ssh-copy-id -i rally.pub [email protected]

/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: Source of key(s) to be installed: "rally.pub"
The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
ECDSA key fingerprint is SHA256:ps0kmToFDj85quAVhRZhycd84KBnn1k7otGCQ30Senc.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: attempting to log in with the new key(s), to filter out any that are already installed
/usr/bin/ssh-copy-id: INFO: 1 key(s) remain to be installed -- if you are prompted now it is to install the new keys
[email protected]'s password: 

Number of key(s) added: 1

Now try logging into the machine, with:   "ssh '[email protected]'"
and check to make sure that only the key(s) you wanted were added.

Next you'll want to test the accessibility with an SFTP command:
$ sftp -i rally [email protected]

Connected to

Run a pwd to ensure that the files are being uploaded where you expect.  For example, in this configuration it is expected to see files being sent to the /upload directory.
sftp> pwd

Remote working directory: /upload

The next step is to take the contents of the "rally" file and paste them into the Private Key PEM section in the Snapshot & Restore settings:

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