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WS_FTP is a program for transferring files. WS_FTP uses the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and therefore allows a networked computer to transfer files with any machine connected to the network that supports FTP. Getting Started 1. Double-click on the WS_FTP icon to start the program. If there is no icon on your hard drive, go to the Help Desk web page and download a copy of it. 2. A window will open containing several fields. To connect to a remote system (your e-mail account or other system) enter the following.... 3. Profile Name - enter your host system name, such as badlands 4. Host Name - enter your host address, such as badlands.nodak.edu 5. Host Type - automatic detect (the default) 6. User ID - enter your login id, such as jdoe 7. Password - enter your password, which will show on the screen as asterisks. 8. Account - leave blank 9. Remote Host - leave blank 10. Local PC - leave blank 11. Comment - leave blank 12. There are also 3 check boxes along the right side of the screen: Anonymous Login, Save Password and Auto Save Config. 13. Anonymous login: Some host systems allow you to FTP without a login on their system. If you check Anonymous Login, then "anonymous" will be placed into the User ID field and your email address (ie firstname.lastname@ndsu.nodak.edu) will be inserted into the Password field. 14. Save Password means your password will be saved along with everything else you entered for your profile. The next time you need to upload to your remote system, all of the field information will be entered for you. 15. If you click on Auto Save Config, then WS_FTP will save your profile as you make changes. It will not save your password unless you check "Save Password". Connecting 1. Make sure the information is entered correctly, then click on the "OK" button to connect. 2. You will get a second window that has been split in two, labeled Local System (on the left) and Remote System (on the right). The Local system is your PC and Remote System is your host account. 3. In each side of the window, there will be a list of all the files on these systems. Changing Directories To change folders or directories, you can click on the ChgDir button, or double-click on the green arrow in the window to go up a directory and continue this process until you locate the directory. This process can be done on both the local and remote systems. Downloading Downloading is retrieving a file from a remote system to put on your local computer. 1. Find the folder on the left side (local system) that you want to download to. 2. Select the file to download on the right side (remote system) by clicking once on the file. 3. Click on the left arrow ( <- ) and the file will be downloaded to the local system. Note: Please make note of the folder you are downloading to assure that you can find the downloaded file when finished. To Download Multiple Files You can transfer more files using the same process, but highlight more than one at a time. Uploading Uploading is copying a file from your local computer to put on the remote system. 1. Find the folder on the right side (remote system) that you wish to upload to. 2. Select the file on the left side (local system) by clicking once on the file. 3. Click on the right arrow ( -> ) and the file will be uploaded to the remote system. Note: Please make note of the folder you are uploading to assure that you can find the uploaded file when finished. To Upload Multiple Files You can transfer more files using the same process, by highlighting more than one at a time. To do this click on the first file and then hold the Control key while highlighting other files. Disconnecting To disconnect, click on the "Close" button at the bottom of the screen To exit the program click on the "Exit" button.


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Last Updated: Thursday, February 20, 2014 11:11:04 AM