To access the storage server via Windows, there are a few programs you’ll need beforehand.
Download the following programs:
- Puttygen: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html
- Cyberduck: https://cyberduck.io/?l=en
Open Puttygen once you have downloaded it.
Under the “Key” menu, make sure to select SSH-2 RSA under type of key to generate and 2048 under “number of bits in generated key”.
Click generate. It will ask you to move your mouse around, and then it will create the key.
Under “Key comment”, you can type in “Haughton”, or something of your preference.
Give your key a passphrase under “Key passphrase”. Make sure it’s secure!
Hit the “Save Public Key” button, and save your key with the suffix .pub (i.e. id_rsa.pub, quartzite.pub, etc.). Save the private key as well, and give it any name you’d wish (id_rsa_priv, quartzite_priv, etc.). No need for the .pub suffix for the private key.
In the puttygen window, there is a box “public key for pasting into authorized_keys file”. It should look something like this:
The ‘==Haughton’ at the end depends on what you put in the key comment field. Copy and paste that key in an email to craig (cbelan9 (at) uwo.ca).
Wait until I update your key on the server. Once updated, you will have access to the server.
Open Cyberduck. Click the ‘Open Connection’ button. In the drop down menu, select SFTP (SSH File Transfer Protocol).
Under server, type ‘quartzite.es.uwo.ca’
And under Username, type in your username (this has to correspond with the username you have on the server).
Click “Choose” under “SSH Private Key”. This will open a file browser. Navigate to the location where you saved your ssh keys. Select the private SSH key that you saved (this will have a .ppk file extension). Click ‘Connect’, and you should get a prompt saying you’ve opened a connection to quartzite.es.uwo.ca.
Last step. Under “More Options” enter the following in the “Path” field:
‘/net/haughton.astrophys.uwo.pri/volume1/[The name of the folder you wish to connect to]’, where the folder you’re connecting to would be something like Mars, your personal user folder, or any folder you want to connect to.
There may be a popup that looks like the following screenshot. Check off the “Always” checkbox and click “Allow.”
Now you can drag and drop files as though it were any other browser window. I haven’t had too many issues using this program, but I have run into time-outs when attempting to transfer several 100gb’s of data at once. If you run into these issues, let me know and we can think of a different solution.