Connecting with SFTP for

To access the files on Cockrell School of Engineering studentorgs server ( via SFTP you must have:

  1. A valid EID
  2. An SSH/SFTP client -- we recommend using the SSH client available from ITS Software Distribution and Sales within UT ServiceNow.
  3. If you are connecting from off-campus, you will need the campus VPN client.  For instructions, please see,
  4. Your EID will need to be authorized for your organization’s web folder

Each semester, your organization president or faculty/ staff sponsor should submit a list of individuals who should be authorized for your folder.

Quick Steps

  1. If you are connecting from off-campus, establish a VPN connection.
  2. Open SFTP client (note: you must use the File Transfer client software rather than the SSH terminal software)
  3. Connect to the sftp address for your service using your EID.  Note syntax: <EID>
    - for authoring, connect to
  4. Enter password
  5. Type in “/DepartmentalDirectories/engr/wwwroot/studentorgs/<Your Organization Folder>”

Installing the Client

Note: These instructions are based on using the SSH client for WINDOWS available on BevoWare. (Macintosh users should download FUGU.) To obtain the software, visit Bevoware and follow these steps:

  1. Click on Download Now.
  2. Enter your UT EID and password when prompted.
  3. Click on Agree at the bottom of the user agreement page.
  4. Select your Platform on the subsequent page and click Go.
  5. Click on the Utilities link
  6. Click on the Download button next to SSH Secure Shell in the Utilities section (version is 3.2.9 as of 5/2010)
  7. Save the file to your desktop
  8. When the application has finished downloading, find SSHSecureShellClient-3.2.9.exe and double click on it to start the installation process. Be sure to let it do the default installation

Once the SSH installation is complete, you will have two new icons on your desktop:

  • SSH Secure Shell Client
  • SSH Secure File Transfer Client, which looks like a folder icon

Connecting to the server

  1. If you are connecting from off-campus, establish a VPN connection.
  2. Open the Secure File Transfer Client. (note: you must use the File Transfer client software rather than the SSH terminal software)
  3. Click on the “Quick Connect” button on the toolbar.
  4. Note: You may get an error about not being able to open a file for reading.  Just click “OK” and continue.
  5. Note: you may also set up a profile for future reuse; review the help documentation for the application for instructions on how to do this.
  6. In the Host Name field, enter in the server name.
  7. In the User Name field, enter <EID>
  8. Replace <EID> with your EID
  9. Leave the other fields alone.
  10. Click Connect
  11. The first time you connect you will be prompted "to save the host key to the local database", click “Yes”
  12. Each time you connect you will see a message from the server.  Click “OK” to continue.
  13. Enter your EID password in the “Enter Password” dialog box
  14. A listing of files and directories will appear. If a toolbar named “profiles” shows up, you can close it out. You may receive an error about not being able to open a terminal session; this is normal and can be ignored (click “OK”).
  15. Type in “/DepartmentalDirectories/engr/wwwroot/studentorgs/<Your Organization Folder>” on the right side of the screen (remote computer) to get to your files

Use the sftp client to copy, paste, rename and delete files from your local machine disk (left pane) to the file server (right pane).

If you do not have permission for an operation you are attempting, you will receive a message saying "permission denied"

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Setting up VPN

Many of our services require the use of VPN. Instructions for setting up VPN are available on the ITG Wiki

Orgs Publishing at studentorgs.engr

  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute
  • Graduate Undergraduate Research Union (BME)
  • Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honors Society)
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • National Society of Black Engineers
  • Engineering Chamber Orchestra
  • Engineers for a Sustainable World
  • Kappa Theta Epsilon (Co-Op Honor Society)
  • Chemical Engineering Honors Society
  • Pi Tau Sigma (Honorary Mechanical Engineering Fraternity)
  • Student Engineering Council
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers
  • SEC Expo
  • Beta Mu Epsilon (Biomed Honors)
  • Society of Plan 2 Engineers
  • Texas Society of Professional Engineers
  • Biomedical Outreach and Leadership Team
  • Pi Sigma Pi (Minority Academic Engineering Society)
  • Theta Tau Coed Professional Engineering Fraternity