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Accessing Files Remotely
Users on remote computers – those outside the Computer Science network, at home, in Halls of Residence or elsewhere on the Internet – can access files in their University and School filespace. This document tells you where your files are, and what protocols to use to access them. It suggests applications you can use on Windows, Linux and Macintosh platforms.
Files over the Internet
As a user in Cardiff School of Computer Science & Informatics, you may want to access your files from a remote computer – one outside the Computer Science network. For example it is useful to be able to download files to your own PC or laptop in a Hall of Residence or at home so you can continue working. Once you have completed some work, you can upload files to your University filespace for safe-keeping.
SFTP and CIFS/SMB
The School provides users with access to their files from remote computers anywhere on the Internet as well as from within the University Campus network, from its wireless networks and from the Halls of Residence networks.
Users in the School have files on several different fileservers within the School and University central IT provision. For example, your Windows files are on a Novell Open Enterprise fileserver, and Linux NFS fileservers are used for Linux and Macintosh home directories and for web site files. We facilitate remote access to all of these servers in a consistent way through gateway servers that use SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) and Microsoft CIFS/SMB protocol.
SFTP is an Internet Protocol that ensures security and privacy through using encypted channels that protect username and password information during transmission across the network. Because of its intrinsic security, we allow SFTP connections to our gateway servers from anywhere on the Internet.