File Sharing – SFTP

If you can’t get connected to the GCC server directly via Windows, you can try the slightly-more-complicated but far-more-bulletproof method of using SFTP.  If you already have an FTP client application installed on your machine (capable of doing SFTP/SSH connections) and you’re comfortable setting up a new connection on it, simply set it up as a new SFTP connection to using your BUNETID login credentials.  For a more detailed walkthrough, read on.

First, make sure you are connected to a wired campus network connection, BUSecure wireless (BUGuest will NOT work), or your own home network.  If you are having trouble getting on BUSecure, please visit the Technology Help Desk in the Library.  Then visit the Cyberduck website and download the most recent version for Windows.  The download link is at the right side of the page.

Once the download is complete, open the installer file to begin installing Cyberduck.  Click the Next button at the window pictured below.

At the Bonjour installation screen, leave it unchecked and click Next.

At the Install Location screen, leave the default value and click Install.

Click Finish after the installer is done.  Leave the “Run Cyberduck” item checked and it will launch the program for you.  You can find it later under the Windows (Start) button.

At the Cyberduck main window, click the Open Connection button in the upper left.

Fill out the Open Connection window as shown below.  Make sure you select SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol) as the connection type.  Use your BUNETID credentials for the username and password.  Click the Connect button when you’re done.

You may be presented with this warning the first time you connect.  Make sure the “Always” selection is checked and click Allow.

Once connected, all the available share points will appear in the main window.  Note: when launching Cyberduck again later, it will automatically connect to the last server it was connected to and put you into the directory you left it in.  If you do not see the list of share points, use the navigation tools at the top of the window to back out to the “/” directory, or  the root.

Bookmark this location for easy access later by clicking the Bookmark pull-down menu and selecting New Bookmark.  You can close the bookmark window that pops up after clicking the menu item.

Navigate through the share points as you like.  Copying files works very similarly to using any other regular folder.  To copy something from a shared folder on Cyberduck to your computer, simply drag the file out of Cyberduck and drop it on your desktop or local folder.  To put something into a shared folder, drag the file from your computer and drop it onto the folder on Cyberduck that you’d like it to go into.  Keep in mind that you do not have permission to read or write to all folders in all share points.  Take a look here for an explanation of how Private and Dropbox folders work.  If you find a folder that you think you should be able to get into but can’t, let us know by submitting a trouble ticket.