Accessing Your Data

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There are a number of different ways to access your data, and move bits around. In general, we encourage the use of encryption and secure connections. The methods and tools below will provide access to your home-directory data (stored on our central file-servers).

Quite simply, you can use ssh or ftp to access your data with your research account by connecting to

Command Line Access



Mac OS-X

Built-in: use Terminal, and issue 'ssh <user>@<target_machine>'

Finder -> Go -> Utilities -> Terminal

gordonps-Computer:~ gordonp$ ssh

If this is the first time you've connected, you will be greeted with a question about whether you want to continue connecting; answer yes:

The authenticity of host ' (' can't be established.
RSA key fingerprint is 6e:60:b0:ce:c2:2a:40:f9:05:de:89:12:41:ad:5e:83.
Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes

If you have connected previously, and the key has changed (for a variety of reasons) you might have to briefly edit your .ssh/known_hosts file to remove the conflicting key. A simpler alternative is to remove your .ssh/known_hosts file altogether, and begin collecting keys anew.


same as Mac OS-X

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GUI Access


WinSCP, freeNX client.


WinSCP is an open source free SFTP client and FTP client for Windows. Legacy SCP protocol is also supported. Its main function is safe copying of files between a local and a remote computer. It can be obtained from

After installing WinSCP, double-click on it. You will be presented with the following screen:
Opening WinSCP screen
Click on New.

Next, type in the following information:

Host name:
Port number: 22
User name: your Research account username
Password: your Research account password
File protocol: SFTP

Then click on Login.
Opening WinSCP screen

You will then be connected to Teleport, and be presented with the file listing of your user storage directory:
Opening WinSCP screen
You can now drag-and-drop files between your local machine's directories and your user storage directory in the Research network.

Mac OS-X


You can obtain Fugu from (or, if this link is broken, try this File:Fugu-1.2.0-English.dmg).

Once installed, you can drag-and-drop files between your local machine, and your centralized Research home directory (or any other machine supporting SSH / SFTP). For all intents and purposes, the behaviour is like traditional FTP, except that all data (including your password!) is encrypted.

When you start Fugu, here are some typical settings you must supply in order to connect:

Fugu Initial Screen

If this is your first time connecting to a server, then you will be prompted to accept the RSA key (which you must do):

Fugu prompt to accept key

Once you successfully connect, this is what a typical session will look like; you can drag-and-drop files in either direction:

Fugu Showing an Established Session

FreeNX Client

This requires X-windows be installed on your Mac. See an Administrator to have XCode tools installed (or prepare by doing this yourself). The X-window session is run "rooted" (that is, it takes over your entire screen); to switch back to OS-X, you press Apple-Option-A.

The FreeNX client goes far beyond simply transferring files - rather, it is a complete "remote desktop". Generally, host-machines are not (yet) configured to provide this service, but if needed will will do so (in preference to Apple Remote Desktop, VNC, or other technologies).

You can download the FreeNX client for Mac from or, use this [[Image:|local copy]]

After running the Wizard (and for subsequent sessions) you should see a screen something like this (please not that my use of Port 222 is non-standard; Port 22 should normally be used):

Typical NX client configuration

Here is an example of a Custom connection command (which you don't require if you're using Gnome or KDE; choose those window-managers rather than Custom). In this case, I am invoking a light-weight window-manager:

Custom NX client settings for lightweight 'ice' window manager

In all circumstances, whether you run a "stock" Gnome/KDE session, or a Custom one, you MUST enable SSL!!! This is what "tunnels" your X-window session over SSH:

NX client enable SSL

After everything is configured, and for every subsequent connect, once you launch NXClient, you should be greeted with this screen:

NX client connect screen

An established connection, showing the remote window-manager and desktop:

Established NX client connection



Typical Konqueror address-bar syntax (where the fish:// protocol means "over SSH"). Replace gordp with your Research username:


You are prompted for your Research password:

Konqueror ssh authorization.png

Resulting connection:


In Konqueror, if you split the window and show both a local directory and the remote one, you can easily drag-and-drop files from one to the other (from the Konqueror menu-bar: Window -> Split View Left/Right):

Konqueror dragndrop.png

FreeNX Client


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NFS/SMB Mounting

NFS mounting is not available off-campus.
SMB mounting is not available off-campus.


SMB mount - automatic upon successful login

Mac OS-X

NFS mount - automatic upon successful login


NFS mount - automatic upon successful login


NFS mount - automatic upon successful login

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