How To #616 - Use Secure FTP

Secure File Transfer Client (SSH) is a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) program for transferring files between a server and a desktop computer. Secure File Transfer Client is available on Windows computers in the IT computer pods. You can get a copy of the SSH Client configured for UNM at the IT Download page. You can get an unconfigured copy at www.ssh.com; follow the Download link.

Connect with SFTP

For IT computers or other IT-configured copies of SSH (If you have an unconfigured copy see Quick Connect.):

1. Double click the FTP icon on the desktop, or click Start> Programs> Secure Telnet and FTP> FTP. A Connect to Remote Host window will appear.

2. At the User Name field, type your NetID and click Connect. The first time you connect a Host Identification dialog may appear. Click Yes.

3. A Password dialog appears. Type your password and click OK.

4. The local directory (desktop computer) appears in the left pane and the remote directory (UNIX account) appears in the right pane. Navigate through the files using the scroll bars to the right of each directory. (View screenshot.) Double click a directory folder to access that directory.

5. In most cases you can drag a file from the local directory to the remote directory (i.e., upload) or from the remote directory to the local directory (i.e., download). If an error dialog appears, see the following Upload and Download instructions.

Upload

To transfer a file from your local computer to your UNIX account:

1. Locate the file in the local directory window (left pane) and right click. A context menu will appear. (View screenshot.)

2 Click Upload. The Transfer tab near the bottom of the window will display the progress and result(s) of your file tranfer(s). (View screenshot.)

Download

To transfer a file from your UNIX account to your local computer:

1. Locate the file in the remote directory (right pane) and right click on it. A context menu will appear. (View screenshot.)

2. Click Download. The Transfer tab near the bottom of the window will display the progress and result(s) of your file transfer(s).

Quit SFTP

1. Click File> Disconnect. A Confirm Disconnect window will appear. Click OK.

2. Click the X in the top right corner to quit SSH Secure File Transfer.

Quick Connect

Follow these directions to connect with an unconfigured copy of Secure File Transfer client. If you are connecting to a server other than ftp.unm.edu, enter the appropriate information as required. The server must support secure FTP.

1. Click Quick Connect. A Connect to Remote Host window will appear.

2. At the Host Name field, type ftp.unm.edu.

3. At the User Name field, type your NetID.

4. From the Authentication Method pop-up list, select Password.

5. Click Connect. An Enter Password window will appear. Type your password. Click OK.

6. The local directory (desktop computer) appears in the left pane and the remote directory (UNIX account) appears in the right pane. Navigate through the files using the scroll bars to the right of each directory. Double click a directory (folder) to access that directory.

7. In most cases you can drag a file from the local directory to the remote directory (i.e., upload) or from the remote directory to the local directory (i.e., download). If an error dialog appears, see Upload and Download, above.