Web :: Using Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

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Secure FTP (SFTP) is FTP over a SSH (Secure Shell) connection that provides for secure network services over an insecure connection. SSH Secure Shell replaces other, less secure terminal applications, such as Telnet and regular FTP, offering all the same levels of functionality but much more securely. It enables you to securely log into remote host computers, to execute commands safely on a remote computer, and to provide secure encrypted and authenticated communications, such as file transfers and uploads,over any connection .

The following is a list of common host names for some of the web servers at HSU:

Central Web Server - www.humboldt.edu
User Web Server - users.humboldt.edu
Network Folders - users.humboldt.edu
 
Use the guidelines below to connect securely to an HSU web server to transfer files from your Windows PC or Mac.
 

Windows - SFTP Connection Guide

We recommend the use of the SSH Secure Shell application for Windows for secure file uploads. Please download and install SSH Secure Shell before following the instructions below to transfer a file. The instructions are based on SSH Secure Shell 3.2.2.

Note: Command line access is not allowed on the Central Web Server for terminal or SSH connections.

  1. Open SSH Secure File Transfer.
  2. Click "Quick Connect" on the toolbar.
  3. Enter the following information:
    1. Host Name: ServerName.humboldt.edu (i.e., users.humboldt.edu, www.humboldt.edu, etc.)
    2. User Name: Your HSU User Name (e.g., abc123)
  4. Click "Connect"
  5. If prompted, click "Yes" to save the identifying host key.
  6. Enter your HSU Password

You may find it useful to save this connection information so that you can easily find it the next time you need to use it. Here's how:

  1. Click File > Profiles > Add Profile
  2. Name your connection (something easily identifiable).
  3. Click "Add to Profiles"
  4. The next time you want to get to your HSU folder, open SSH Secure File Transfer, and select File > Profiles > The name you gave the connection

Mac OS X - SFTP Connection Guide

Humboldt State University recommends the use of the CyberDuck or Fugu SFTP application for OS X for secure file uploads. Please download and install your preferred application before following the instructions below to transfer a file.

The following instructions are based on CyberDuck v2.8 and Fugu v1.2.0. Advanced users may use the command line to connect to the server if they wish.

Note: Command line access is not allowed on the Central Web Server for terminal or SSH connections.

CyberDuck

To use CyberDuck to set up an SFTP connection, follow these steps:

  1. Open CyberDuck
  2. Click "Open Connection"
  3. Enter the following information:
    1. Protocol: SFTP (SSH Secure File Transfer)
    2. ServerName.humboldt.edu (i.e., users.humboldt.edu, www.humboldt.edu, etc.)
    3. UserName: Your HSU User Name (e.g., abc123)
    4. Password: Your HSU Password
  4. Click "Connect"

You may find it useful to save this connection information so that you can easily find it the next time you need to use it. Here's how:

  1. Click Bookmark > New Bookmark
  2. Give your connection a Nickname (Central HSU Web Server or something else that's easily identifiable).
  3. Close the window to save your settings (Click on the Red X in the top left-hand corner of the screen)
  4. The next time you want to get to your HSU folder, open CyberDuck and select Bookmarks > The name you selected earlier.

Fugu

To use Fugu to set up an SFTP connection to the HSU Central Web Server, follow these steps:

  1. Open Fugu.
  2. Enter the following information:
    1. Connect to: ServerName.humboldt.edu (i.e., users.humboldt.edu, www.humboldt.edu, etc.)
    2. Username: Your HSU Use Name (e.g., abc123)
    3. Port: 22
  3. Click "Add to Favorites"
  4. Click "Connect"
  5. Enter your HSU Password.

The next time you want to access your HSU folder, open Fugu, select users.humboldt.edu from the "Connect To:" drop-down menu, and click "Connect."

Command Line Access

To set up an SFTP connection to the HSU Central Web Server from the command line, follow these steps:

  1. Open Terminal by selecting Go > Utilities > Terminal
  2. Type: sftp <HSU UserName>@ServerName.humboldt.edu <replacing HSU UserName with your HSU User Name and ServerName with the actual server name> and hit Enter
  3. Enter the password associated with your HSU User Name.

Problems connecting?

Contact the Technology Help Desk at (707) 826-HELP (4357), send an email, or stop by Library 120.

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