Secure Collator Setup

Overview

This tutorial requires a certain technical background if you don't have any background please follow this guide carefully and use Google to learn more about what you are doing.
The Astar/Shiden ecosystem has raised incredible attention in the past few months, and this is just the beginning. Many individuals joined the adventure and set up their own collator node, which is great for decentralization. Running a collator on a mainnet is a lot of responsibility!
We recommend monitoring your validator and setting up alerts in case something is going wrong with your server. As a future Astar/Shiden collator, this monitoring is mandatory.
This guide is based on the guide made by one of our ambassadors, Polkadot Wiki, W3F secure validator repo. Creating the ultimate guide to secure your validator.
GitHub - w3f/polkadot-validator-setup: Polkadot Validator Secure Setup
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Understanding

A validator or collator in the Polkadot/Kusama ecosystem plays an essential role in Aster/Shiden network and is responsible for crucial tasks, including block production and transaction confirmation. A collator needs to maintain a high communication response capability to ensure seamless operation of the network. It is also necessary for them to establish a good reputation in the community to attract more nominators who nominate their tokens to improve the network’s security. Based on network affordability and security considerations, validator seats will gradually open after the launch of Plasm/Shiden.
As a future validator, it's very important that you know what you are doing. I don't want to encourage you to move forward but it's important to understand that running a collator comes with responsibility. Also, who doesn't want to learn something new? Reading, learning, understanding, and setting things up would take between 2-4 hours.

Walkthrough

These are the steps you should walk through when you want to become a validator on Shiden:
Now the fun starts! Let's install all software: