Transferring large files using FTP

You can’t map a network drive and directly access your H: drive on private computers but you can use secure FTP to transfer files to and from your computer and your network S: and H: drive.

This page provides instructions on installing, configuring and using CoreFTP LE a shareware FTP transfer program that is available free for Educational users.

Security note: please be aware that plain FTP isn’t a very secure method of file transfer. The username and password are sent over the Internet/network in clear text and can be tracked and intercepted by hackers etc. Because of this risk ITS has implemented a secure FTP server (secureftp.lincoln.ac.nz). You must use an FTP client that supports SSL/TLS authentication (so user names and passwords are encrypted by the FTP client) when connecting to the secure FTP server and you also choose to encrypt sensitive file transfers and file listings, but that isn’t mandatory.

Because of the secure authentication you cannot use the Windows command line FTP client nor without re-configuration can you use an FTP client that has worked in previous times with the Lincoln network.

 
ITS has tested using CoreFTP LE to access the secure FTP server. Other FTP clients are no doubt compatible, but are not supported. You may have to play around a bit with the SSL and TLS settings to find a combination that works for you.

Downloading and installing CoreFTP LE
At the time of writing the latest version of CoreFTP LE is 2.1 and the installer is around 3.3MB in size.

Download the CoreFTP LE 

Pick a location and click the link to download the file. Once the file has downloaded, find it in Windows explorer and double-click the file to start the install.
Accept all the defaults by clicking Next and then click Finish to exit the installation.

Configuring CoreFTP LE
This is very simple. Start the program. The first time you start CoreFTP LE it will ask if you want to make CoreFTP your default web browser FTP client. If you click Yes it will kick in whenever you click on an FTP link in your browser. It is your choice but as we don’t cover its use like that in this document and not many non-tech people use FTP to download stuff off the web, it’s probably just as well to click Cancel – you can change it later. It is also your choice if you want to setup a default text editor – so you can view text files directly in CoreFTP – you can safely click No.

Next the site manager opens up. Enter the following:

Site name Lincoln secure FTP
Host / IP / URL: secureftp.lincoln.ac.nz

Anonymous

Username:

un-tick

Your Lincoln username  e.g. bootr2

Password:

Don't save password

leave blank

tick

Connection type: AUTH SSL

SSL Options:

Tick

 

SSL Listings

SSL Transfer

OpenSSL

 

Your completed Site Manager page should look like this:

Site Manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on Connect

All being well, you will be prompted to accept an SSL certificate for vsecureftp.lincoln.ac.nz. You can either choose to Accept Once in which case you’ll be asked every time, or Always Accept.

Now enter your Lincoln network password when prompted.

You should then be prompted with a Windows-explorer style file manager, with your local PC on the left, and your H: drive on the right.

File Manager

If you have problems with the connection, you may find the information in the Site Manager above with the list of files and directories useful.  And it is this screen-shot that should be sent to IT Help when requesting assistance.

You can right-click a file or folder and either upload it or download it, depending on which way you are going. You can also drag from one pane to the other or select multiple files and then click the arrow buttons. To end your secure FTP session you can use File | Disconnect or click on the two red left and right arrows above the H: drive file window.

S drive access

Within the List of your H drive folders on the right you should see a folder called "LUShare"  this is your access to the S: drive.

S Drive Access is thorough the LUShare Folder

Click into the folder and you should see your files.