Using WinSCP to access eRSA storage via SFTP
- Once you have downloaded and put the application where you want to keep it, double-click it to open.
- You should see a screen like this:
- Make sure the File Protocol menu is set to SFTP
- Enter the hostname:
- Enter your username for your eRSA account.
- Enter your eRSA password.
- Click the Login button.
- You may be presented with a dialogue box, similar to the one illustrated below:
- If you are presented with this dialogue box, click Yes.
- You may be prompted for your password again.
- If necessary, re-enter your password.
- You should then see a screen similar to that below.
- Note that there are two main panes:
- The left-hand pane, which represents the computer on which you are running WinSCP;
- The right-hand pane, which represents the eRSA storage server.
- When you first log in to the eRSA storage server with WinSCP, on the right-hand side you will be taken to the top or root level, and this will contain a number of icons representing various folders/directories, including a projects folder.
- Note: For future reference, the root or top of the folder hierarchy is sometimes represented by the / slash symbol.
- Note: In this document, we use the term folder and directory interchangeably.
- All client data are kept in a subdirectory of the projects folder.
- Double click on the projects folder.
- This will cause the right-hand pane to change so that it displays the contents of the projects folder.
- You will see a number of folders.
- Each of these folders represent the storage allocation for a given allocation.
- Usually, storage allocated from April 2014 onwards will be named after a shortname that you will have negotiated with eRSA.
- The correct folder name and path should be provided to you by eRSA when we hand over your storage.
- In this demonstration, the folder is called
- Double-click on the folder you wish to enter, e.g.
ersatest, and the right-hand pane will change to display the contents of that folder.
- Since this is a brand new storage allocation, the folder is almost empty.
- You will see an icon with and up arrow and two dots (‘..’ or dot dot).
- Two dots is a Unix convention meaning “the folder above this one”.
- If you were currently ‘in’ the
/projects/ersatestdirectory, then your current directory would be
ersatestand .. would be
/projectsi.e. the directory ‘above’ you.
- You can double click on the .. icon to navigate back up to the projects directory.
- You will see the “dot dot” icon in all folders except the absolute topmost folder, and .. can be used in the same way wherever you see it.
- Double-clicking on the dot dot icon will navigate to the folder that contains the folder where you saw the “dot dot” symbol- that is, the parent of the current folder.
- You will also see a pop-up menu (in the red rectangle above) that has the name of the current folder you have navigated to.
- If you click this, the menu pops out and you can navigate to any point up the hierarchy using this menu.
- You can create folders on the eRSA storage by right-clicking and choosing the New->Directory.
- You should get a dialogue box that looks like this:
- Enter the new folder name, in this case
- The other portions of the dialogue box let you set permissions.
Permissioning is beyond the scope of this basic intro, so unless you are familiar with Unix permissions or you want to change the folder name, just click OK.
- To move data from your computer to the eRSA storage, you simply navigate to the location of the data on your computer using the left-hand pane.
- Then drag the data to the right-hand eRSA storage pane.
- You will get a confirmation dialogue.
- Click OK.
- Downloading data to you computer is the same, with the direction reversed; that is, you drag the data from the right-hand eRSA storage pane, to the left-hand pane which represents your computer.
Data on the right-hand storage pane can be organised by dragging it to the icons representing folders or the “dot dot” icon, to move it up a level.
- Most tasks can be done in a number of ways. The methods demonstrated here are relatively simple and straightforward, but others may be more efficient, so click around and explore.
- When you have finished, simply click the cross icon on the top right of the window to log out.