FTP Access

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FTP Client Access

This page is designed for authorized clients and subconsultants of NCSG Consultants. With the username and password you have been provided, you may access the NCSG FTP site. To request a username/password or to retrieve them if lost, please contact NCS.

FTP Documentation

The interface for the NCSG FTP site is powered by a commercial FTP Java Applet from Unlimi-Tech Software. Below, please find instructions for using this software. If you have any problems, please let us know.

1. User Interface

Below is a screen shot of the FTP iinterface. Depending on your Operating System and browser, your display may differ slightly.

Fig. 1.1 The UnlimitedFTP interface

  1. Current local directory – Displays the full path of your current local directory.
  2. Local file listing – Displays files and child folders in your current local directory.
  3. Local toolbar – Buttons for performing actions on your local directory.
  4. Current remote directory – Displays the path of your current remote directory.
  5. Remote file liing – Displays files and child folders in your current remote directory.
  6. Remote toolbar – Buttons for performing actions on your remote directory.
  7. Transfer mode – Switch between ASCII and Binary transfer modes
  8. FTP message display – Displays messages sent to and received from the FTP server.
  9. Upload / Download/Connect/Disconnect – These buttons allow you to connect, disconnect, as well as upload and download files.

2. Connecting to the NCSG FTP server

After clicking on the “Click Here to access the FTP Site” link, the Java Applet will download and a dialog will be presented similar to the ones shown below in Figures 2.1 or 2.2 asking you to confirm that you trust the certificate used to sign the applet. The dialog may vary depending on the browser you use. You must accept this dialog for the applet to continue loading. To avoid this dialog from being displayed each time you connect click on the “Always trust content from Unlimi-Tech Software Inc.” checkbox in IE, or on the “Always” button if you use Sun’s Java Plugin. This dialog ensures that UnlimitedFTP is a trusted application, and you wish to allow it to run with full permissions.

Figure 2.1 Internet Explorer with Microsoft Java VM security warning

Fig. 2.2 The UnlimitedFTP interface

Once you have accepted the certificate dialog, UnlimitedFTP will continue loading. The following dialog (Fig. 2.3) will be displayed prompting you for hostname, port, username and password. The hostname will default to the NCSG FTP site (ftp.localhost:2000/ncs). Input the username and password supplied by NCSG consultants. Do not forget the “@localhost:2000/ncs” portion of the username. If you are behind a firewall or proxy server you may need to click the “Passive” checkbox. Click on the “Connect” button to connect to the FTP server.

Fig. 2.3 Connect dialog

3. Using the NCSG FTP Site to transfer files

3.1 Directory browsing

The remote and local file list displays the files and folders in your current working directory. Folders are identified by the folder icon and files are identified by the file icon . To see the contents of a sub folder, double click on its icon. You may return to a parent folder by clicking on the parent folder icon . The parent folder icon is shown at the top of the remote and local lists at all times for easy access.

Directory browsing may also be done using the keyboard using the up/down arrows and the Enter key. You may quickly move the list to a file beginning with a certain letter by pressing the first letter of that file won your keyboard. Pressing enter on a folder will automatically enter that folder for browsing. Pressing enter with a file selected will initiate an upload or download depending on which list, local or remote, you are browsing.

UnlimitedFTP also provides quick access to the Desktop and My Documents folders on Windows, and the Home and Finder folders on Mac platform.

3.2 Selecting files and directories

To select a file or folder, click on the item in the directory listing using your mouse. You may select multiple files by holding down the SHIFT key and selecting the first and last file in the desired range. Alternatively, you may select multiple items by holding the CTRL key and selecting each item using your mouse. You may also select all files in the current working directory by right clicking and choosing the “Select All” Option.

3.3 Transferring files and directories

To upload or download files and directories, select the items you wish to transfer. To upload selected items from your local directory listing, click on the Upload button. To download selected items from your remote directory listing (the NCSG FTP site), click on the Download button.

Once you initiate a file transfer, a progress dialog will appear (Fig. 3.1) and display the percentage complete, the current rate of transfer, and the estimated time to completion. To cancel the transfer click the “Cancel” button.If you restart the transfer, you will be prompted to resume any files that were not completed in the previous transfer.

Fig. 3.1 Transfer progress dialog

3.4 Creating a directory

To create a directory, click on the Mkdir button. A dialog will be displayed prompting you for the name of the new directory. Click the Ok button to create the directory.

Fig. 3.2 Make directory dialog