Getting Started with SFTP Net Drive

Contents

  1. Quick Start
  2. Authentication
  3. Profiles
  4. Command Line Tips & Tricks
  5. SFTP vs FTP/FTPS
  6. Get Support

Quick Start Guide

SFTP Net Drive is an easy-to-use application for mounting a remote SFTP location to disk. Getting a basic connection set up is easy. Start by entering a server address in the Server field. Next provide a username in the Username field. An authentication method can be chosen with the Authentication drop-down menu. Currently Password and Public-Key authentication are supported. A drive letter for the mount can be specified or you can let the application decide. When you are ready, simply click Connect.


Authentication

You can use password authentication, key-based authentication, or both. Use the Authentication drop-down to make your choice. The corresponding fields will be enabled. If a key will be used, select your key by opening the menu accessed with the ... button.


  • Using an authentication agent: Both PuTTY Agent and SSH-Agent are supported.
  • Load from file: If the key is password-protected and you don't want to save the password, leave the Password field empty and uncheck the Save password checkbox. The password will be requested when the connection is established.
  • Using an authentication agent: Both PuTTY Agent and SSH-Agent are supported.

Profiles

SFTP Net Drive can save your login credentials, server information, and connection configuration in profiles for convenience. When SFTP Net Drive is installed for the first time you will have one default profile titled "(unnamed)". Any settings made under this profile will be saved. You could either rename and reuse this profile or simply create a new one.

All profile settings are stored in %APPDATA%\SftpNetDrive\.cfg.

Create A New Profile

To create a new profile, select <New Profile> from the drop-down menu. Choose a name for your profile and enter the address of your server. If a non-standard port is used, appened it to the server address like sftp.skynet.net:42424.


After clicking OK, the profile information is saved and you can continue entering connection information.

Managing Profiles

To manage a profile, first select it from the Profile drop-down menu. Next click Advanced... to open the Advanced Settings window.


After the desired changes have been made, simply click OK to save your changes.

Deleting Profiles

To delete a profile, first select it from the Profile drop-down menu. Next click the Advanced... button to open the Advanced Settings window.


When you are ready, click Delete and confirm your choice.

Command Line Tips & Tricks

There are many command line options that can be used with SFTP Net Drive. For all command line options please reference the documentation.

Starting Multiple Profiles

Multiple profiles can be saved and used at once by launching them separately via the command-line with the profile option followed by the profile name. This example starts two different profiles.

SftpNetDrive.exe start /profile:"MyFirstProfile"
SftpNetDrive.exe start /profile:"MySecondProfile"

Disallow Saving Passwords

In some environments, saving passwords can be a security risk. SFTP Net Drive can be started with the nosavepwd option to disallow this.

SftpNetDrive.exe start /nosavepwd

SFTP vs FTP/FTPS

A quick note about the difference between SFTP and FTP/FTPS. These are two different protocols. Please be careful when determining which protocol you are using. Both are used for file transfers but internally the protocols are very different. SFTP Net Drive cannot communicate with FTP or FTPS servers. Please be aware of this.

Get Support

If you encounter problems with SFTP Net Drive, our support team is here to help. Visit here to submit a ticket. Issues are usually resolved much more quickly if you can provide a log file of the crash. To do so please follow the instructions here.


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