How to Access your N: Drive Remotely
Secure File Transfer does not require an OSU-approved IP address to access your N: drive or shared spaces. In other words, using any machine or Internet Service Provider, you can access their space on the forestry servers. Secure File Transfer is also more tolerant of slower internet connections.
Using Virtual Private Network requires you to sign up with Information Services because they must authorize your ONID user account to use VPN services. VPN is required to use Remote Desktop or the full version of Outlook from your home computer. You also have access to websites restricted to OSU-only IP addresses when using VPN.
In order to access your N: drive remotely, you must have an OSU campus IP address. This requires that you are either connecting from a computer physically connected to the OSU network or have a Virtual Private Network (VPN) client installed on your machine. To set up VPN access on your Windows PC at home:
One important piece of information you'll need to know is which Forestry server your home folder is on. Contact the helpdesk if you don't know the name of your home server. Once you have installed the VPN client and have access to the network, you must VPN in (the person who authorizes your access will send you instructions on how to connect your client to the network). If you have problems connecting from home, contact the helpdesk. After you are connected via VPN, you'll need to map a drive:
You will have access to the files in your Windows home directory and any subdirectories. Important Note: If you are running Windows XP and have the Windows XP firewall enabled, you must disable it when you connect to the VPN, and you must have "Enable NetBIOS over TCP/IP" selected in order to access your files and browse the network. If you are running Windows XP on a system that is connected to an external firewall your machine will still be protected even if you uncheck the Windows XP firewall option on your local machine. See the Helpdesk if you are unsure where these settings are located on your Windows XP machine.
Instructions for use:To open the program,
go to Start | Programs | SSH Secure Shell | Secure File Transfer Client.
When the program opens, go to File | Quick Connect to log on to the client: