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Using SSH and SFTP for Windows


SSH and SFTP are secure alternatives to telnet and FTP. Telnet and FTP transmits data in a manner that is easily intercepted. SSH and SFTP transmit your uniqname and password in an encrypted form that is not easily intercepted.

To Access the SSH/SFTP software: Getting to the SSH Software:

  1. Double click on My Computer.
  2. Select the L: drive.
  3. Double click on the ITS Recommended Applications folder.
  4. Double click on the SSH Client folder.
  5. Double click on SSH client application.


Using SSH to connect to a server:

  1. When using SSH for the first time select Quick Connect. If you have used SSH previously and created a profile, click on Profiles and select the profile you created. The rest of these steps do not need to be followed if you have a profile created.
  2. Enter the server name you would like to connect to in the Host Name: box. Enter your uniqname in the User Name: box. Click Connect.
    Quick Connect
  3. When asked if you would like to save the host key, select Yes. If you select No, the window will appear every time you connect to this server, asking you if you would like to save the host key.
  4. You will receive a message notifying you that only authorized users are allowed and use may be monitored.
  5. Click Ok.
  6. The server will prompt you for your password. Enter your password and click Ok.
  7. You are now connected to the server.

Using SFTP to transfer files:

  1. Open the SSH/SFTP software following the directions under To Access the SSH/SFTP software section.
  2. Click on the New File Transfer Window.
  3. A new SFTP window will open. If you were already connected to a server in the SSH window, you will be connected to that server in the SFTP window. If you have not yet connected to a server select the Quick Connect button, or a server from you profile.
  4. To upload a file click on Operation, then select Upload Dialog.
  5. An upload window will display, select the file you wish to upload and press Upload.
  6. To download a file, select the file, click on Operation, and Download Dialog. Once you select Download Dialog it will ask you where to save the file. Select the location you would like to save the file to on your computer.
  7. Click Download. The file will now be in the location you specified.

Changing between ASCII and binary modes in SFTP:

  1. Click on Edit.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. If there is a _ sign next to Global Settings, press it to display the full Global Settings menu.
  4. From the Global Settings menu find File Transfer. If there is a _ sign next to File Transfer, press it to display the full File Transfer menu. From the File Transfer menu select Mode.
  5. Select the desired mode, ASCII or Binary. By default Auto Select is selected.

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