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Globus Connect Personal for Windows

Globus Team - Vas
posted this on May 29, 2013 15:49

Globus Connect Personal allows you to share and transfer files to and from your Windows laptop or desktop computer — even if it’s behind a firewall. Follow the easy steps below to turn your personal computer into a full-fledged Globus endpoint.


Click here to create a Globus Connect Personal endpoint and follow the instructions below.


  1. Enter a name for your endpoint. This name can be anything you choose, as long as you haven’t previously created another endpoint with the same name.
  2. Click “Generate Setup Key”.
  3. Select the generated key with your mouse and copy it to the clipboard.

  4. Click "for Windows" to download the Windows installer.
  5. Double click the downloaded file and follow the instructions to install Globus Connect Personal.


  6. When the installation completes, ensure that "Run Globus Connect" is checked and click "Finish".


  7. Since this is the first time you are running Globus Connect Personal, you will see the Initial Setup window below where you are required to enter a setup key.


  8. Paste in the key you generated in step 2 above. The ‘OK’ button will be enabled if the key is valid. Click ‘OK’ to complete the installation. (If the ‘OK’ button is not enabled, please ensure you have properly copied the entire key generated in step 2 above.

Globus Connect Personal will connect to Globus and await transfer commands. You will see the window below while Globus Connect Personal is running - you may minimize this to your task bar.


When Globus Connect Personal is transferring data, the transfer status will show ‘Active’ instead of ‘Idle’.

Windows Platform Notes

Drive Mapping: Globus Connect Personal on Windows will translate a path beginning with /~/ into your home directory, e.g. C:\Users\Demodoc\. To access paths and drives outside of your home directory, use the syntax "/drive_letter/path", for example "/C/xinfo" lists the C:\xinfo directory.

Installing as non-administrator: By default, Globus Connect Personal prompts to be installed in C:\Program Files. Regular users can not write to this folder. Instead, browse to a place you have write access to (e.g. your Desktop folder).



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Derek Man Hon Hung

I am using a Windows 8.1 x64 machine, and the Globus Connect was installed on a secondary hard drive. While validating the key during the initial setup of Globus Connect Personal, this error showed:

 "Could not communicate with server

 1 [main] gsissh_cygwin 5060 find_fast_cwd: WARNING: Couldn't compute FAST_CWD pointer. Please report this problem to

the public mailing list

gss_init_context failed"

Manually running the globus_connect_personal.exe as administrator seemed to solve the problem. Hope this helps anyone with a similar error.



December 25, 2013 23:30
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Rick Westerman

May need to poke holes in your firewall.  See other posts on the forum.  A good one is:



January 28, 2014 15:39
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Gary Casterline

We have parts of users profile redirected to a larger volume on a Windows 2008 R2 server (via GPO).  The volume is shared and used as the path in the GPO, something like \\servername\Users$

When we try to set up Globus Connect Personal for Windows, we get this error:

 "Your user profile is on a network share, at location '\\servername\Users$\username\My Documents'.  To use Globus Connect Personal, you must map this location to a local drive.  Please contact for more information."

Is there a way to tell Globus to use a path?  Perhaps adding a command line argument in the shortcut that starts Globus?  Thanks!   _Gary

February 11, 2014 17:35
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Globus Team - Gigi
globus support

Hello Gary,

Normally, we prefer to answer questions like this through our Help Desk ticket system. However, other users have encountered this same issue, so we've created a FAQ for it.

Please see our FAQ:

March 10, 2014 21:56