FTP_ by malj


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FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is software that can be used to transfer files between
computers. Generally files are transferred between a PC (local system) and Server
(remote system).

To use FTP:
Start -> Programs -> WS-FTP
 Double click the WS-FTP LE icon

Setting up a Session Profile.
 Click the New button.

 Type: a meaningful name for
  the Profile Name.
  Such as ROAD:
  You can create as many
  profiles as desired (Facstaff,
  Departments, etc) by
  repeating these steps.

 Host Name/Address: needs
  to be the actual host name or
  IP address.
  Use webbe.uww.edu

    Some other examples: students.uww.edu or stdorgs.uww,edu

 User ID: Your email username

 Password: Your email password

 Do not click the Save Pwd check box unless you are the only user of the
  computer. A saved password will allow others to use your FTP account.
  However, when the box remains unchecked, the system asks for the password

 Account: Leave this field blank

 Comments: You can add some text, if you’d like, perhaps to remind yourself
  about this profile.

    Your login screen will look similar to the screen shot below.

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 Optional: Click the startup tab at the top.

Type the path for the Initial Local Folder you wish to access when you use FTP.

For class type: c:\documents and settings\ANTCUSER\ my documents

 Click OK to establish the FTP connection.
  The next time you use FTP you will only need to choose the
  correct profile name from the drop down box and then enter your

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If your attempt to connect was successful, you will see a screen similar to the one
below. The left pane shows the Local System; the right pane shows the Remote

The Local System shows: c:\documents and settings\ANTCUSER\ my documents

The Remote Site shows all of the servers or folders you have access to.
Note the right and left arrow buttons between the two panes. They indicate
direction and will be used to perform the file transfer.

           (Connecting via webbe will display the servers that you have
           individual accounts on. Connecting to CWIS, academics or other
           campus servers will show the folders you have access to.)

Sorting Files:
Try sorting the files. You can sort by file name, date, or size both in ascending and
descending order. A handy tool when uploading and downloading files is to sort by
date so that the most recent file is on top; however, if you are using an older version
of WSFTP the 6-digit dates will not sort correctly.
To Upload a File: (move a file from the PC to the server)

 Double click the facstaff folder on the Remote Site to open it.

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 For class we want to upload files to the FTPClass folder. Double click the
  FTPClass folder to open it.

 The next step is to locate the folder and files on your local system and select the
  file(s) you wish to upload. (TIP: Use CTRL+click for a multiple select.) If
  necessary, you can use ChgDir button or the Arrow Up button to locate the
  correct folder or directory on the Local System. This is not necessary if you have
  already set up the profile.

    For class select: H: \Training\falls.jpg on the Local System.

 The default file type is Binary. Make sure you transfer text files in ASCII mode
  and most other files in BINARY mode. Click the Auto button if you have selected
  more than one file type.

 If the directories (both on the local and the remote side) are now as you would
  typically use them with this profile, you may wish to save them by clicking on the
  Options button at the bottom of the screen. This brings up the Properties box.
  Select the Session tab and click “Save Current Folders as Connection Folders”,
  then click OK. This will change your default settings for this profile.

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     Click the  in the middle of the screen to move the files to the server
      (Remote System). A copy of the file has just been transferred to the server.

    IMPORTANT: The system will not notify you that you are copying over another
    file with the same name unless the date of the file to be transferred is earlier than
    that of the version that is being replaced. There is no UNDO.

 You may need to click the Refresh button to view the filenames on the Remote

To Download a File: (move a file from the Remote server to the Local PC)

 Locate the folder and files on the remote system. Use ChgDir to locate the
  correct folder or directory or select the file by using the green up-arrow key.

 Select the File you wish to upload. (Use CTRL+click for a multiple select.)
  For class select FTPdownload.htm

 Click the Auto button.

 Click the  in the middle of the screen to move the files from the server (Remote
  System) to the PC (Local System).

    IMPORTANT: The system will not notify you that you are copying over another
    file with the same name unless the date of the file to be transferred is earlier than
    that of the version that is being replaced. There is no UNDO.

 Click Close then Exit when finished.

Additional Information about FTP -

   View: Shows the contents of a file (use for ASCII or TEXT files ONLY).
   Exec: Executes the file. It will display in notepad if it is a text file. If it is not a
    text file, it will display an Associate box in which you can browse to choose a
    particular program you wish to open the file in.
   Rename: Lets you change the name of a file.
   Delete: Lets you delete a file.
        NOTE: It is a permanent delete – there is no UNDO
   Dirinfo: Displays information (dates, sizes, etc.) about the files in the current
        (Note: using the View and Dirinfo buttons will open the Windows Notepad
        program to display information. Exit Notepad or switch programs on the start bar
        to get back to FTP.)

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At the bottom of the FTP screen, there are several buttons which allow you to take
certain actions:
 Connect: Brings up the Session Profile screen, to connect to an FTP site.
 Cancel: Once connected to an FTP site, use this button to disconnect or close
    the session. (may or may not work)
 LogWnd: Expands the size of the log (status) window.
 Help: Online help, which is quite good in this new version of FTP.
 Options: Changes default FTP options; ignore unless you understand what
    you're doing.
 About: Gives general information about WS_FTP.
 Exit: Exits from the FTP program.

Note: You may use the right mouse button to accomplish much of the same
functions as the ones listed above.

To Request Access to Websites –
A request must be sent to the Webmaster with your username (same as your e-mail
username) as well as the directories that you must access.

           (i.e., my username is rowlandl and I need access to the following directories:
           http://www.uww.edu/uwwhdbk/ and http://acadaff.uww.edu/factbook/)

Please note that for security purposes, the Webmaster will need to verify that you
are authorized to update those sites. If you are already directly publishing to the
site, contacting the Webmaster is not necessary… you already have access in FTP
as well.

To request a FACSTAFF or ROAD account, email the request to facstaff@uww.edu

To Install FTP –
If you do not have FTP on your computer, or if you have an older version installed,
you may install the latest version of WSFTP by doing the following:

           From your taskbar:
           Go to Start, Run, and type NAL in the text area. Click OK. A screen will
           appear. Go to Campus, UWW Connect, Install, and click on WSFTP Installer
           and follow the directions. If you need assistance call the HELP Desk at
           x4357 (HELP).

How to tell if you have an older version:
If the dates listed in the FTP directories are 6 digits (typically, the program is listed in
the UWW Connect folder), you have an older version of FTP.

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