FTP alternatives

As of July 1st, FTP access to the main shares will be disabled from the Internet except for faculty and staff using a VPN. As of the Fall, FTP access will be disabled altogether. This link lists other options for getting to a share.

Unfortunately, none of the alternatives work with Vista out of the box, however, NetStorage does work if one installs and uses Firefox. NetStorage only allows one file to be uploaded/downloaded at at time, but at least it is a viable option until, hopefully, one of the other options will be updated to work with Vista by the Fall.

Update: Another workaround for Vista that does work without installing additional software is to disable TLS 1.0 in Internet Explorer, but make sure SSL 3.0 is still set. This will allow NetStorage to work with IE. Use this option only as a last resort because it does lower the security posture.

Using Firefox has security advantages, mainly that it doesn’t allow ActiveX applets to run. It is also open source which means that hundreds, if not thousands, of security experts have gone through the source code looking for exploits. Mozilla offers a $500 reward for any security flaws found in Firefox (as long as the flaw isn’t exploited by the discoverer).

One response to “FTP alternatives”

  1. Boshizzle says:

    Actually, Netstorage does support moving and copying multiple files and folders by dragging and dropping. Here is how –

    You must be running Windows XP or Windows Vista.
    You must know the name of the volume to which you want to map the drive.

    In this example, we will access our home directory.

    1. Open “My Network Places.” (If using Vista, open “Computer”, right click and select “add a network location”.”)

    2. Open “Add Network Place.”

    Click “Next” to continue.
    Select “Choose another network location” and click “Next.”

    Enter the following URL in the “Internet or network address” box –

    https://netstorage.umw.edu/oneNet/NetStorage/athens/home

    Notice that we chose to map to the “home” volume on server Athens.

    Click “Next.”

    Enter you network user-id and your password –

    Enter a name for your new network place –

    Click “Next.”

    Click “Finish.”

    A new window should open that allows you to access your network drive while off campus as though it were a mapped drive. Of course, since you are accessing the drive through the Internet, performance will not be as good as when you access the drive while on campus.

    This will create a new network place in “My Network Places.” To access your drive again, just double click the icon in “My Network Places” and enter you network user-id and password.

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