Legacy Web Publishing - Connect to the Server

Last Updated: 07/11/2018

Unix Accounts

OIT will provision you a "Unix Account" on either spot.colorado.edu or rintintin.colorado.edu. This account will use your CU Login Name, 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):

spot.colorado.edu or rintintin.colorado.edu

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.

Path

For most www.colorado.edu websites, you will need to enter

/htdocs/directory

'directory' is the name of the directory you requested through Web Central and is provided to you by OIT.

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:

ssh username@spot.colorado.edu

Enter your password.

At the spot prompt enter this command:

spot>cd /htdocs/yourdirectory

PuTTY

Users comfortable using a command line can use PuTTY to connect to their web directory. User guides for using PuTTY can be found at http://the.earth.li/~sgtatham/putty/0.63/htmldoc/.

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