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Creating an Encrypted Disk - a Step by Step Guide

  • After completing the wizard process, and signing in to your Porticor Virtual Appliance console, you’ll get to the “Master Key” page. This page will appear one time only per project. The Master Key guarantees that only you control your data. It is important you copy and save this key in a safe place. Please note: Porticor requires the master key as part of the system boot process. Losing the master key will render no access to any encrypted disks, and the data stored on them cannot be recovered. After you save your project master key, click the “OK, I HAVE SAVED IT!” button:

  • You should now see the “project successfully created” page. Click continue to configure your Porticor virtual appliance.
  • Click the “Protected File Systems” button from the Porticor Dashboard:

  • Note: VMware or IBM cloud users - please ignore this next step. AWS users; you will need to enter your AWS credentials once per project before you can start creating encrypted disks. Your AWS credentials are saved in your private project within your own account. Neither Porticor nor anyone else ever sees them. Enter your AWS credentials and click the “store to your private project storage” button:

Store AWS credentials

  • To create an encrypted disk, assign the disk name (the disk name should be a value between “sdf” and “sdp”) and disk size. Next click on the “Create new” link. The Porticor virtual appliance disk initiation process will begin:

Create first disk

  • After ~30 seconds, an uninitialized disk is created. Select the encrypted disk file system and click the “secure this disk” image:

File storage type

  • That’s it! Your encrypted disk has been created. For additional mount instructions, click the “use it” link:

  • A window with specific instruction will provide specific mount details for your newly created encrypted disk:

Use it


  • In addition to encrypted disks creation, the Porticor virtual appliance supports a “disk lock” operation. Locking a disk will render the stored data inaccessible. To lock a disk click the “key” icon:

  • The disk is now locked. To reopen the disk simple select the storage type and click the “key” icon again: