Using WS FTP Pro to Transfer Files from Windows

This document describes how to transfer files between a Windows PC and a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) Linux account using WS FTP Pro. If you do not have a CLAS Linux account, you can set one up at Set Up a CLAS Linux Account. (If you are off campus, you will need to connect to the UI Anywhere Virtual Private Network service first.)

Only encrypted data transfers are permitted, using the Secure Shell protocol (SSH). You must have client software that can use the SSH protocol. Download WS FTP Pro from the ITS Software Download site. You must have version 7.62 or higher of WS FTP Pro for support of the SSH protocol.

  1. After WS FTP Pro is installed, launch the application. The first time it is run, the Connection Wizard will start (if you've already started it, click Connections > New Connection...). Enter linux.divms.uiowa.edu in the field labeled "Site Name:" and then click Next:

    Screenshot of the WS FTP Pro Connection Wizard screen

  2. Set "Connection Type" to "SFTP/SSH" and click Next:

    Screenshot of the WS FTP Pro Connection Wizard Connection Type screen

  3. Set "Server Address" to "linux.divms.uiowa.edu" and click Next:

    Screenshot of the WS FTP Pro Connection Wizard Server Address screen

  4. Set "User Name" to your HawkID. If you want WS FTP to save your passphrase, set "Password" to your HawkID passphrase. Click Next:

    Screenshot of the WS FTP Pro Connection Wizard User Name and Password screen

  5. If you will be connecting from off campus and you will not be using the UI Anywhere VPN, then configure WS FTP Pro to use port 40. If you will be using WS FTP Pro from off campus, you either will have to first extablish a connection via the UI Anywhere VPN, or you will have to configure WS FTP Pro to use port 40. To configure WS FTP Pro to use port 40, click on the Advanced... button. In the menu tree on the left side of the Site Options window, click on Advanced. In the "Remote port (usually 21)" box, enter "40". Click on OK.
  6. Click Finish and you will be connected to your CLAS Linux account:

    Screenshot of the WS FTP Pro Connection Wizard Finish screen

  7. If you left the Password field above empty, you will be prompted to enter it now:

    Screenshot of the WS FTP Pro Connection Wizard Login Information Missing screen

    You should now be logged in and be able to transfer files back and forth between your Windows PC and your CLAS Linux account.

    If you see the Untrusted Public Key warning message, select the "Trust this key" radio button only if the MD5 and SHA1 Fingerprint matches the window as shown below, then click OK. If the fingerprint does not match, choose "Do not allow this connection."

    Screenshot of the WS FTP Pro Connection Wizard Untrusted Public Key screen

    The next time you start WS FTP, click the Connect button in the upper left of the window to get the Site Manager window. Double-click on linux.divms.uiowa.edu and a session will start:

    Screenshot of the WS FTP Pro Connection Wizard Site Manager screen