Installing and Configuring WinSCP

WinSCP is a popular, free program that allows you to transfer files between your Windows computer at home, and the GAUL network. This tutorial will assist you in downloading, installing, and configuring WinSCP for use.

Section 1: Installing WinSCP

To copy your files to the GAUL network, you will need a program capable of performing a Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) or Secure Copy (SCP) transfer. WinSCP is a popular, free package capable of performing such a transfer. This section will demonstrate how to download and install this program on your Windows system.

At the time of this writing, WinSCP was available at http://winscp.net/eng/download.php. If this link is broken, run a Google search for WinSCP to find the download site.

  1. Download the latest version of WinSCP from the page linked above. Be sure to select the Installation package.

  2. Once downloaded, run the executable file downloaded in the previous step. Select English when prompted for the setup language, and click OK.

  3. Click Next twice to skip the welcome screen and license agreement.
  4. When prompted for the Setup type, select Typical installation (recommended) and click Next.

  5. Select the Do not install Google Chrome radio button, and click Next.

  6. On the Initial user settings screen, select the Commander interface radio button, and click Next.

  7. Click Install to complete the installation.
  8. Click Finish to exit the installer.

Section 2: Creating a WinSCP Profile

In this section, you will create a profile in WinSCP that will allow you to login to the GAUL network in the future whenever you need to copy files to/from the university servers.

  1. If it is not already running, start WinSCP by selecting Start > All Programs > WinSCP > WinSCP.
  2. Enter the following details in the Session pane
    • Host name: obelix.gaul.csd.uwo.ca
    • User name: Your GAUL username (this is typically the same as your UWO email address — without the @uwo.ca)
    • File protocol: SFTP
    • Allow SCP fallback: checked

  3. Click the Save button.
  4. In the Save session as dialog that appears, leave all settings at their default values, and click OK.

  5. In the future, when you need to login to the GAUL network to copy files, you can simply select the profile you created from the Stored sessions pane.

Section 3: What Now?

See the Submitting an Assignment from Your Windows Computer at Home tutorial for information on using WinSCP to transfer your files to the GAUL network.