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Home Directory Remote Access FAQ

Remote Home Directory Access FAQ

How can I access my home directory from off-campus?
How do I use a Windows computer to access my home directory from off-campus?
How do I use a Macintosh OS X computer to access my home directory from off-campus?
How do I use a Macintosh OS 8/9 computer to access my home directory from off-campus?


Remote Home Directory Access FAQ

How can I access my home directory from off-campus?
How do I use a Windows computer to access my home directory from off-campus?
How do I use a Macintosh OS X computer to access my home directory from off-campus?
How do I use a Macintosh OS 8/9 computer to access my home directory from off-campus?


How can I access my home directory from off-campus?

You must use a secure (encrypted) connection to access your home account from off-campus. Secure Shell (SSH,) Secure Copy (SCP,) and Secure File Transfer (SFTP) are the only supported methods.

When using one of these methods to connect to Titan, use your IMSA username and password to connect to the server name "shell.imsa.edu." Please note that you cannot edit files on the server through SCP/SFTP. You must copy the files to your computer to do so.

Staff members have the option of connecting to IMSA servers using a Virtual Personal Network (VPN). Contact ITS Helpdesk for more information.

How do I use a Windows computer to access my home directory from off-campus?

At this time, Windows does not support any of the methods of connecting to IMSA’s servers. If you need to access your home directory, we recommend you download a software client that you can use to connect. WinSCP is a free client that supports both SFTP and SCP.

How do I use a Macintosh OS X computer to access my home directory from off-campus?

Users who are familiar with the command-line interface can use the scp command to access files in their home directory. For a graphical interface, we recommend using Fugu. Fugu provides a graphical interface to the scp and sftp commands already available with Mac OS X. You must have these installed to use Fugu. Please reference the Fugu website for more information.

How do I use a Macintosh OS 8/9 computer to access my home directory from off-campus?

Macintosh OS 8/9 does not support connecting to servers with either scp or sftp; you need to use a software client to connect to Titan. At this time, we recommend using MacSFTP. Please note that MacSFTP is not free software and will cost money after a short evaluation period.

A free, but less user-friendly SCP client is available with Nifty Telnet.