Port 3001 (relays-new.cardano-mainnet.iohk.io) mainnet-topology

im deleting my aws firewalls

Take care with ssh port
Don’t cut ur access

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xxxx ALLOW x.x.x.x
xxxx/tcp ALLOW x.x.x.x
xxxx/udp ALLOW x.x.x.x
xxxx/udp ALLOW x.x.x.x
xxxx/tcp ALLOW x.x.x.x
top line is SSH
bottom 4 are private ip and public ip of my relay

im testing if it works now that i deleted my firewall rules in aws

I set my block up as a relay and it seems its caught up now, seems like its ahead of pooltool.io stats. is it okay to generate kes number if the slot number is ahead:

pooltool.io = Slot:293144 (67%)

Slot : 293183 67.9%

Check the block instead of the Slot. This should show the same number.
Think the slot number on pooltool just is a little behind time
→ Generally I think you cannot be ahead of time. So everything should be fine

my block Block : 5,378,962
pool tool Height: 5,378,960

Block : 5,378,967
Height: 5,378,964

Looks like i am up and running finally, had to make a new KES / node .cert.

Now is there any key files i shouldnt keep on my block producer after certifying?

yes, you should not keep on your server:

  1. payment.skey and stake.skey files (for wallet funds control)
  2. COLD KEYS

make a copy of them and keep them somewhere safe and delete them from the server… or if you want to keep them (not recommended) you can encrypt them but be careful to not lose the password!

I dont have those files on there.

Okay I have generated my payment address, and copied it to my hot environment.

How do I backup my wallet so I don’t lose funds to this address? Before sending funds.

Is there a way to recover the wallet?

copy all files generated for the wallet like payment.addr payment.skey payment.vkey, etc
With these files u can access the wallet funds

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I appreciate all the help man!

So these files I should make sure their secure? Is it like a recovery seed?

yes, it’s most like your wallet infos… if someone will steal these files from you he can access your wallet and move your funds; that’s why should be kept in your offline machine…
your Producer needs only 3 files to run as a Producer
–shelley-kes-key “{POOL_DIR}/{POOL_HOTKEY_SK_FILENAME}”
–shelley-vrf-key “{POOL_DIR}/{POOL_VRF_SK_FILENAME}”
–shelley-operational-certificate “{POOL_DIR}/{POOL_OPCERT_FILENAME}” \

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What is stored in this? Is this where the pledge goes? I just sent 5,000,000 lovelace for testing. It showed up.

What is the operational certificate? node.cert?

these files are from my servers… which using cntools, perhaps your files has another name

So should I remove
kes.vkey
vrf.vkey

from my block producer?

Whats stored in the wallet/payment address? pledge? registration?

check this topic:

thanks i have everything done on the list.

Can you check out my new thread, im stuck on this step

answered… replace NODE_HOME with ur relative path and try again

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