SSH and SFTP

To login to one of the Department servers remotely, or to transfer files between your own system and one of the Department servers, you must use client software supporting SSH version 2. Among your choices for SSH Windows software are the following:

If you are currently accessing our servers from a Mac/Linux system, I recommend using the ssh/sftp software probably already installed on your system.


Using SSH Secure Shell

  1. From Start then Programs, go to SSH Secure Shell and choose Secure Shell Client.
  2. Press the Connect button:


    to begin the process of connecting to a remote host.
  3. A Connect to Remote Host dialog box will open:


    Enter Host Name and User Name and press the Connect button.
  4. A Host Identification dialog box will now open:


    Choose Yes to save the host key to the local database. That way, you won't be bothered with this dialog box when you connect in the future.
  5. Another dialog box will appear, prompting you to enter your password. Do so.
  6. At this point, you should be connected to the host. You will be prompted to save the host profile:


    Saving the profile makes logging on the next time a bit easier. If you aren't prompted to save the profile, just click the Profiles button and choose Add Profile.
  7. If you want to change your session settings, click on the Settings button:


    After editing the settings, open the File menu and choose Save Settings.
  8. After completing your SSH session, logout from the host and close the SSH client.

Using SSH Secure File Transfer

  1. From Start then Programs, go to SSH Secure Shell and choose Secure File Transfer Client.
  2. Press the Connect button:


    to begin the process of connecting to a remote host.
  3. A Connect to Remote Host dialog box will open:


    Enter Host Name and User Name and press the Connect button.
  4. A Host Identification dialog box will now open:


    Choose Yes to save the host key to the local database. That way, you won't be bothered with this dialog box when you connect in the future.
  5. Another dialog box will appear, prompting you to enter your password. Do so.
  6. At this point, you should be connected to the host. You will be prompted to save the host profile:


    Saving the profile makes logging on the next time a bit easier. If you aren't prompted to save the profile, just click the Profiles button and choose Add Profile.
  7. If you want to change your session settings, click on the Settings button:


    After editing the settings, open the File menu and choose Save Settings.
  8. Use the client to navigate to the remote host folder which you will use for the file transfer. On your local workstation, open the folder you will use for the transfer. Now, simply drag the desired files from one folder to the other in order to transfer them.
  9. Once you're finished transferring files, click the Disconnect button to close your session:



Last updated May 8, 2017.
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