One of our community members stumbled across a great way to host your Breakout Wallet on the cloud in a windows environment 100% free for one year. This is particularly helpful to BRX holders who stake and need their wallets running 24/7 in a stable environment. Normally I would recommend a VPS running Linux. However, not everyone wants to manage their own Linux server. Also running the Breakout Wallet on Linux has no GUI ( Graphical Interface) for the client so everything you do has to be done from the command line using console commands. While this is more stable it is not necessary for the average user.
The solution is AWS Free Tier Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Base – ami-21587144
Amazon Web Solutions has a plethora of options for remote hosting. For our purposes were just going to cover just this one. Amazon has a 1 year Free Tier for personal use option for many of their web products. There is not a catch. There are no hidden fees nor do you need to be a member of Amazon Prime. You simply need to understand this is free for one year only and to cancel your acct before that year is up to avoid being charged.
Here are some instructions for getting you started. The end result give you full remote access to a virtual windows desktop. With a bit of set up you can transfer files from your local machine to your Virtual Machine quickly.
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3) Login to your acct. You may have to wait It says it can take up to 24 hours to activate. Mine activated quickly about 20 minutes.From the main page click on EC2
4) To start using Amazon EC2 you will want to launch a virtual server, known as an Amazon EC2 instance. Choose “Launch Instance” You will get a list of available instances to choose. Select – Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Base – ami-21587144
Once you have gotten your PW/Key file. Simply Click on Download Remote Desktop File. Think of this file as an invitation to connect to your Virtual Desktop. Simply click on it to connect to your new virtual desktop server.
Now you can see and use your new Virtual Windows Desktop. You will get a question do you want to turn on Network Sharing? Answer Yes so you can enable the transfer of files from your local machine to your Virtual Desktop. This is important. The security settings on Internet Explorer are a pain. But you don’t need to browse the web. You can transfer the files you need from your local machine.
- Click Start, point to All Programs (or Programs), point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
- Click Options, and then click the. Local Resources tab.
Click the local Disk Drives you want access to, and then click Connect.
More info can be found here on configuring remote desktop for file transfers.
Once this is complete you can click network in on your Virtual Desktop file folder and have access to your local files. Click on network and you will see “tsclient.” If you click on that you will have access to your local drives you selected for access. Make sure you have access to the latest Windows Breakout Wallet Installer and a fresh copy of your wallet.dat.
Install The Breakout Wallet on your virtual desktop. Let it sync. This may take several hours. Once fully synced shut the wallet down. On your virtual desktop navigate to the Breakout Roaming folder. Type %appdata% in search. This will bring up the appdata folder. Click on Roaming and then Breakout. The path should be C:\Users\Administrator\AppData\Roaming\Breakout
You will find your wallet.dat here. Replace it from a recent backup of your wallet.dat from your local machine.
Now you can close your folders and restart the Breakout Wallet from the desktop icon. Once synced all your coins will show up and you can unlock your wallet and begin staking. You do not need to stay logged into your remote server. It will run 24/7 regardless. Just make sure it’s unlocked and actively staking. The free service does not have a ton of resources available so my advice is to only use it for your wallet and nothing else. I would not try using any other resources.
Your free virtual desktop with the wallet running will look something like this.