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SSL Encrypted FTP Client Instructions (Accessing Resources from home)

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Gordon State College has setup FTP Over SSL (also known as ‘FTPS’) to allow students, faculty, and staff to access resources from our Servers from off-campus using an encrypted connection. This service is a special type of ‘FTP’ and therefore requires using software that supports FTPS. Any computer with this software and an internet connection will be able to use this service.

The folders accessible via FTPS from off-campus are...

  • Class Home Folders (N:\)
  • Class Websites (Q:\)
  • Dining Website
  • Faculty Home Folders (H:\)
  • Faculty Websites (S:\)
  • Staff Home Folders (H:\)
  • Student Home Folders (H:\)
  • Temp Shared Folder (N:\)

Any FTP client that supports FTP Over SSL can be used. The instructions below will demonstrate how to install and use Core FTP LE and the Mozilla Firefox add-on named FireFTP. Choose the option that you feel is most convenient after reading the instructions for each program.  Both programs are available for free on the web.

Core FTP LE

Mozilla Firefox FireFTP

Core FTP LE

Installing “Core FTP LE"

Please note: Core FTP is only compatible with a Windows-based PC.

  1. Go to the FileHippo.com Core FTP LE download page.
  2. Click the Download Latest Version icon on the right hand side of the page.

    Screenshot of FileHippo 'Download Latest Version' link for CoreFTP
  3. The download will start automatically. You may need to choose ‘Download File…’ from the top message bar pop-up if using Internet Explorer.

    Screenshot of FileHippo 'Download File...' message bar in Internet Explorer
  4. An installer window will pop-up, asking if you wish to Run, Save, or Cancel. Choose Run.
  5. Once the installer has finished downloading, it may ask you if you want to allow the program to make changes to this computer. Choose Yes.
  6. The Core FTP LE setup program will appear. Choose Next.

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  7. On the following ‘Read Me File’ screen, choose Next.
  8. Choose the destination folder where the software will be installed (Default Recommended) and choose Next.
  9. Continue to accept the defaults by pressing Next until you reach the ‘Installation Complete’ screen. Once you reach this screen, choose Finish to exit the installation program.

    Screenshot of 'installation complete' window
  10. Once the installation is complete, you should now see a shortcut on your desktop called Core FTP Lite. Double-click on Core FTP Lite to start the program.

    Screenshot of CoreFTP Lite shortcut on computer desktop
  11. A message will appear when you start the program for the first time asking you if you want to make CoreFTP your default FTP client. Just choose Cancel.

    Screenshot of pop-up window asking to make CoreFTP your default FTP client
  12. Another message will appear asking if you would like to use notepad.exe to edit ascii files. Choose No to continue. Step 11 and 12 will not have to be performed again when Core FTP is opened.
  13. Core FTP is now installed. Continue to ‘Setting up Core FTP LE’ below.

Setting up “Core FTP LE”

  1. Open the Core FTP Lite program from your desktop if you haven’t already done so.
  2. The Site Manager Dialog Box will appear. The Site Manager is used to keep track of servers that you connect to. Here you will create a profile to the Gordon FTP Server.

    Screenshot of CoreFTP Site Manager dialog box
  3. Now enter the details as shown in the image above:
    1. Site Name:  this can be any name you choose to identify the profile (ex. GordonFTPS). This profile will be saved automatically for future use once you connect to the server.
    2. Host:  eagle.gordonstate.edu
    3. Username:  your Gordon Network Username (ex. ts123456)
    4. Password:  your Gordon Network Password (case sensitive)
    5. Don't save password: Check this box
    6. Connection:  choose AUTH TLS from the drop down box.
    7. Leave the other settings to the default
  4. Now choose Connect at the bottom of the dialog box.
  5. When connected for the first time, a Certificate Information box will appear asking you to accept the SSL Certificate. Choose Always Accept.

    Screenshot of CoreFTP SSL Certificate acceptance screen
  6. Core FTP is now logged on and is setup to access the Gordon FTP Server. Continue to ‘Using Core FTP LE’ below.

Using “Core FTP LE”

Screenshot of CoreFTP Lite shortcut on computer desktop
  1. Open the Core FTP Lite program from your desktop if you haven’t already done so.
  2. Click your Gordon FTP Profile in the Site Manager Dialog Box, enter your password in the Password field, and click on Connect.
  3. The screenshot below shows the interface when you are connected to the Gordon FTP Server. The list of folders and files on the right-hand side is the Remote System (the server). The left side of the interface shows the folders and files on the Local System (your hard drive, C:).

    Screenshot of split screen interface of CoreFTP

Downloading Files

  1. Find the files you are looking for on the Gordon FTP Server (right side) by navigating the folder structure. Double-click on a folder to access its content beneath. Searching through the FTP Server will require you sometimes to double-click on parent folder icon or single-click on parent folder icon to move up a folder.

    Screenshot of remote folder list
  2. Once you have located the file(s) you are searching for, you can now download the file(s) to your local hard drive. NOTE: You can choose any location on your local hard drive where you would like the file(s) downloaded to by using the same technique you used in step 4 only now you will navigate the local folders on the left side (by default, the root of C:\ is selected).
  3. Download files in one of three ways:
    • Select files and click on the Download button  located in the upper left corner of the remote file list.

      Screenshot of user pressing the Download arrow
    • - or - Drag the files from the Gordon FTP Server (remote file list, the right side) to the local hard drive (local file list, the left side)
    • -or - Right click on the selected file and select Download.
  4. The file(s) you selected will now be transferred to your local hard drive where they can be accessed on your computer.

Uploading Files

  1. To upload a file to the Server, choose the location on the Gordon FTP Server (right side) where you would like the file(s) uploaded.
  2. Then, select the desired file(s) in the local file list (left side).
  3. Upload files in one of three ways:
    • Select files and click on the Upload button Upload arrow located in the upper right corner of the remote file list.

      Screenshot of user pressing Upload button
    • - or - Drag the files from the local hard drive (local file list, the left side) to a Gordon FTP Server folder location (remote file list, the right side)
    • -or - Right click on the selected file and select Upload.
  4. The file(s) you selected will now be transferred to the Gordon FTP Server where they can be accessed from on-campus.

Mozilla Firefox FireFTP

Installing “FireFTP”

Please note: FireFTP is compatible with the Firefox 3 browser on both Windows and Mac OS X.

  1. The FireFTP add-on requires that you have Mozilla Firefox installed on your computer. If you haven’t already – download and install Firefox from www.mozilla.com/firefox/.
  2. Once Firefox is installed and open on your computer screen, go to http://fireftp.mozdev.org and click on the ‘Download FireFTP’ link.

    Screenshot of Download FireFTP add-on link
  3. Firefox might display a message at the top saying that it has prevented this site from asking you to install the software on your computer. Click on the Allow button.

    Screenshot of Firefox yellow message bar
  4. The Software Installation screen will appear. Click on Install Now.

    Screenshot of FireFTP software installation screen
  5. The Add-ons screen will appear asking you to restart Firefox to complete your changes. Click on Restart Firefox.

  6. Firefox will now restart and the FireFTP add-on will now be installed. Continue to ‘Setting up FireFTP’ below.

Setting up “FireFTP”

Screenshot of Firefox Tools menu
  1. Go to your menu bar and click Tools->Web Developer->FireFTP. Alternatively, you can use the toolbar button. To add the toolbar button, right click on the Firefox toolbar and select "Customize...". Then find the FireFTP button and drag it to the toolbar somewhere.

  2. Once FireFTP is open in a new tab, click on ‘Create an account…

    Screenshot of FireFTP - create an account button
  3. The Account Manager Dialog Box will appear. The Account Manager is used to keep track of servers that you connect to. Here you will create a profile to the Gordon FTP Server.

    Screenshot of Account Manager Dialog box in FireFTP
  4. On the Main tab, enter the details as shown in the image above:
    1. Account Name:  this can be any name you choose to identify the profile (ex. GordonFTPS). This profile will be saved automatically for future use once you press OK to save.
    2. Host:  eagle.gordonstate.edu
    3. Login:  your Gordon Network Username (ex. ts123456)
    4. Password:  your Gordon Network Password (case sensitive)
  5. Now choose the Connection tab within the Account Manager Dialog Box.

    Screenshot of Connection tab within the Account Manager Dialog box in FireFTP
  6. On the Connection tab, enter the details as shown in the image above:
    1. Security:  choose AUTH TLS (Best) from the drop down box.
    2. Leave the other settings to the default
  7. Choose OK at the bottom of the dialog box
  8. Next, with the Gordon FTP Profile you just created now selected (ex. GordonFTPS), choose Connect next to the profile name.

    Screenshot of FireFTP with Gordon FTP Profile established
  9. FireFTP is now logged on and is setup to access the Gordon FTP Server. Continue to ‘Using FireFTP’ below.

Using “FireFTP”

  1. Open the FireFTP program within Firefox if you haven’t already done so by clicking on Tools->Web Developer->FireFTP or by using the toolbar button you added when setting up FireFTP above.
  2. With your Gordon FTP Profile selected, click Connect to make the connection to the site.

    Screenshot of FireFTP Connect button
  3. The screenshot below shows the FireFTP interface when you are connected to the Gordon FTP Server.

    Screenshot of FireFTP interface
  4. Once you have connected, you will find that the list of folders on the right side is the Remote System (the server) and the list of folders on the left side is the Local System (your hard drive).

Downloading Files

  1. Find the files you are looking for on the Gordon FTP Server (right side) by navigating the folder structure. Navigate the folder tree by using the +/-  nodes next to each folder to reveal or hide the folders beneath it. The content of the folder selected will appear in the split window on the left.

    Screenshot of Remote file listing in FireFTP
  2. Once you have located the file(s) you are searching for, you can now download the file(s) to your local hard drive. NOTE: You can choose any location on your local hard drive where you would like the file(s) downloaded to by using the same technique you used in step 1 only now you will navigate the local folders on the left-hand side.
  3. To download a file, use one of three methods:
    • Click on a file on the right side and press the green arrow pointing to
      the left Download arrow to download a file from the Server to your local hard drive.
    • - or - Drag the files from the Gordon FTP Server (right side) to the local hard drive (left side)
    • -or - Right click on a file (right side) and select Download.
  4. The file(s) you selected will now be transferred to your local hard drive where they can be accessed on your computer.

Uploading Files

  1. To upload files to the Server, choose the location on the Gordon FTP Server (right side) where you would like the local file(s) uploaded by navigating the folder structure.
  2. Then, select the file(s) you would like to upload from your local hard drive (left side).
  3. Upload files in one of three ways:
    • Click on a file on the left side and press the green arrow pointing to the right Upload arrow  to upload a file from your local hard drive to the Server.

      Screenshot of local file listing in FireFTP
    • - or - Drag the files from your local hard drive (left side) to a location on the Server (right side)
    • -or - Right click on a file (left side) and select Upload.
  4. The file(s) you selected will now be transferred to the Gordon FTP Server where they can be accessed from on-campus.