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Trying to use Windows Explorer to SFTP connect to Linux SFTP server

Posted on 2012-03-15
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I have a Linux server setup on my DMZ that works beautifully with SSH in allowing SFTP connections to it, using 3rd party tools like FileZilla, CuteFTP, etc.  But I have one client who does not want to use a 3rd party tool, but instead wants to use that crappy Windows Explorer to SFTP.

However, I do not allow anonymous access, and when he puts in, "sftp://sftp.ourdomain.com" to access our SFTP server, Explorer just times out.  How do I get Explorer to work and prompt this user for a userid and password for authentication?

Thank you in advance for any help,
Jeff
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by:jgrammer42
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One other note:  When I try using the format of sftp://<uid>:<pwd>@sftp.ourdomain.com Windows errors out with the message: "Windows cannot access this folder. Make sure you typed the file name correctly and that you have permission to access the folder.  Details. The operation timed out."

But again, using 3rd party tools like CuteFTP or FileZilla work just fine.   No problems.

Thank you,
Jeff
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by:tliotta
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How do I get Explorer to work...

Just to clarify, are you asking about Windows Explorer (i.e., "explorer.exe") or Internet Explorer (i.e., "iexplore.exe")?

Tom
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David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 400 total points
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Explorer only implements ftp not sftp. SFTP, or secure FTP, is a program that uses SSH to transfer files. Unlike standard FTP, it encrypts both commands and data, preventing passwords and sensitive information from being transmitted in the clear over the network. It is functionally similar to FTP, but because it uses a different protocol, you can't use a standard FTP client to talk to an SFTP server, nor can you connect to an FTP server with a client that supports only SFTP. source

You will need to use a 3rd party tool as noted above
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Tom,
Yes, I was referring to explorer.exe, not iexplore.exe.
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ve3ofa,
Yeah, that is what I thought was going on.  I just needed to confirm it.

Thank you very much,
Jeff
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