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Legacy Web Publishing - Connect to the Server

Unix Accounts

OIT will provision you a "Unix Account" on either or This account will use your IdentiKey username, and will accept either a unix account password or your IdentiKey password.

  • Change Your Password: You can change your password by logging into your account via a SSH terminal application and typing the command passwd. Or contact the IT Service Center for assistance.

Connect to the Server

General Configuration Required

The server name (provided by OIT): or

Encrypted Authentication in FTP Programs

This varies between programs, but it is a selection you will have to make in most HTML editors that have built-in file transferring, or in FTP programs. Make sure to select and use SFTP or Secure FTP.


For personal websites on spot or rintintin, you will need to enter


Example Connections

Below are examples of how to connect to your account and start transferring files. Your connection specifications may vary. Refer to the message you received from OIT.

CyberDuck (Windows or Mac)

  1. Select Open Connection, choose SFTP or SSH File Transfer from the dropdown, and fill in your server, username, and password information. Select Connect.CyberDuck connection screenshot
  2. After logging in, from the top toolbar menu, select Go > Go to Folder.
  3. A new window will open where you can type your directory path.

Fetch (Mac)

Open Fetch, and a new connection window will open. Fill in your information and select connect. 

Fetch Connection

Dreamweaver (Windows or Mac)

Dreamweaver connection

Terminal (Mac program found in Applications > Utilities)

Upon the prompt enter this command:


Enter your password.

At the spot prompt enter this command:

spot>cd /htdocs/yourdirectory

or for personal sites:

spot>cd public_html


Users comfortable using a command line can use PuTTY to connect to their web directory. User guides for using PuTTY can be found at

*Note: If you are more comfortable with a GUI, a program like CyberDuck would be better for connecting