SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) is an encrypted file transfer method used to move files between your local computer and a file server.
When you are logged into a Lab computer, files that you save onto the hard drive will not remain after you log off of that machine. SFTP is especially helpful in storing files if you do not have a disk with you on which to save them. Once your files are stored using SFTP, you may later retrieve them to use on another computer.
The Student microcomputer Labs offer SFTP access to your home directory space through any computer in the Labs.
As a student of the University of Texas at Dallas, you are allotted 50 MB of storage space in your home directory. Your home directory is already full of several different types of file and folders. Included are your web folders, storage data, and personal preferences.
If you would like to access your Home Directory from off-campus using sftp, you will need to connect to giant.utdallas.edu while connected to the VPN or connect to pubssh.utdallas.edu.
Public SSH: PubSSH Is a public-facing SSH/SFTP server. Although the UTD VPN is not needed to access pubssh you will need to use NetIDplus two factor authentication in order to login. The hostname is pubssh.utdallas.edu, and the IP address is 22.214.171.124.
Files stored in you home directory public_html folder are later accessible using a web browser from www.utdallas.edu/~netid where netid is your University NetID. For more information, see: Personal Webpage
These are the instructions for using SFTP to move files between your local computer and a file server on Windows. The Windows computers located in the Labs offer SFTP through a program named WinSCP.
If you do not already have access to WinSCP, you can download it at www.winscp.net. After downloading the program, follow the instructions below.
These are the instructions for using SFTP to move files between your local computer and a file server on Macintosh. Cyberduck is a commonly used free SFTP client for Mac computers. After downloading the program, follow the instructions below.
Using SFTP from any UNIX machine requires usage of the Terminal. It is assumed that you are familiar with basic UNIX commands. You can also refer to this about.com reference page for useful SFTP commands
To access your home directory using Terminal: