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Publishing/Transferring your Files to Sky

This document shows you how to connect to Sky to transfer your files, and provides step-by-step instructions for using SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) and SAMBA.

Basic Settings for Sky

For those who don't need comprehensive instructions:

IP address:
For SAMBA connections using Windows, the address is: \\\homes
For SAMBA connections using Mac OSX, the address is: smb://

Accessing Sky off campus

University staff who would like to connect to Sky off campus can use the VPN (Virtual Private Network) service. Non-University staff should apply for an Associate User account first before they can use the VPN service.

Please note: We are moving to a new Virtual Private Network (VPN) service. This means that EXISTING users who wish to continue using the VPN service will have to change their settings. We plan to retire the existing service by Tuesday 21 August 2012 and users must change their settings by then. Guidance on how to do this is available here: New users should continue to follow the installation instructions for Mac or Windows available in our VPN support pages:

Accessing Sky on campus

  1. Mapping Sky to a Drive using SAMBA (Windows & Mac OSX) [RECOMMENDED]

    This is the recommended way of publishing your files as it allows you to edit them directly on the server. Read the appropriate instructions below depending on the operating system of the machine you are using.

    Instructions for mapping a network drive using:

    • Windows 7 - use Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)
    • Windows XP
    • Mac OS X (version 10 and later)


  2. Secure File Transfer Protocol (Windows/Mac)

    Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) allows you to transfer files from your computer (e.g. your hard drive or a network drive) to Sky.

    The advantages of Secure FTP include:

    • It is free
    • Files are transferred over a secure connection
    • Ability to change file permissions
    • It includes an in-built client

    Follow instructions on how to use SFTP programmes, see:


  3. Macromedia Dreamweaver (Windows/Mac)

    See the full instructions for publishing to Sky using Dreamweaver.

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