• Guide to Using DPOR’s SFTP Server

    Installation Instructions 
    Connecting to the DPOR SFTP Server 
    Sending files to DPOR
    Receiving files from DPOR
    Getting Help 

    Installation Instructions

    Any FTP software you choose that supports SFTP should work. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA) recommends WinSCP. 

    1. The installation file for Windows is provided here for your convenience. Download the exe file and install it with default settings. 
    2. Alternately, you may download another version suitable for your operating system from http://winscp.net.  

     

    Connecting to the DPOR SFTP Server

    1. After installation, configure a new session in WinSCP. 
    2. Enter the IP address for DPOR's SFTP server in the "Host name” field. 
    3. Enter the username and password provided to you by DPOR in the "User name" and “Password” fields. 
    4. Ensure that the protocol is SFTP (which ought to be the default). Leave all the other settings at their default.
    5.  Dialog box 1 

    6. Click login. The first time you connect to DPOR’s SFTP server, WinSCP will warn you that the server's host key is not found in the cache. Click Yes.
    7. Dialog box 2 

    8. You’ll next see DPOR’s banner. After you read and understand the notice, click continue.
    9. After you log in, you will be at your HOMEDIR. Find the folder named HOMEDIR_Root and double-click it. You should see an upload and download folder inside it. 
    10.  Dialog box 3 

    11. Inside HOMEDIR_ROOT, there is an "upload" and "download" folder. You will send files to DPOR by dragging and dropping them into the “upload” folder. If you receive a file from DPOR, you will find it in and copy it from the “downloads” folder.
      • You may delete files from your “downloads” folder after you have saved a copy.
      • You may create files in the “uploads” folder, but you may not delete the files you created. You may not create folders in the “uploads” folder.

     

    Sending files to DPOR

    The most common thing you will do is send files to DPOR. You can send files by dragging them from your computer into the upload folder. These instructions assume that you are already connected to DPOR’s SFTP site and that your current directory is HOMEDIR_Root.

    1. Connect to DPOR’s SFTP site using WinSCP and navigate to HOMEDIR_Root.
    2. Double-click on the "upload" folder.
    3. Drag the file you want to upload from your computer into the "upload" folder. Make sure you drag onto the white space; do not place the file onto the parent folder shortcut [ Dialog box 3.2 ] or you will get an error.
    4. Dialog box 4 

    5. If you receive a Copy confirmation dialog, you can check “Do not show this dialog box again” and then click the Copy button. You may see a copy progress dialog if the file is large. After the file is copied, it will appear in the input folder.
    6.  Dialog box 5 

     

    Receiving files from DPOR

    You can get files from DPOR’s SFTP site by dragging them from the "download" folder to your computer. These instructions assume that you are already connected to DPOR’s SFTP site and that your current directory is HOMEDIR_Root.

    1. Connect to DPOR’s SFTP site using WinSCP and navigate to HOMEDIR_Root.
    2. Double-click on the "download" folder.
    3. Drag the file you want to download from the "download" folder to your computer.
    4. You may see a copy progress dialog if the file is large.

     

    Getting Help

    If you need help with the SFTP process, please contact the Board to which you provide services. The Board will route your request to DPOR’s appropriate technical resource.