WinSCP Profile Configuration

Due to security concerns, Oregon State University uses WinSCP for file transfers to/from Banner. The following information will help you set up WinSCP for Windows (no Mac version is available).

WinSCP Installation

  1. Visit the WinSCP website at
  2. Under the "Downloading WinSCP" header, click on "Installation package"
  3. Click "Save file" or "Save" (different browsers use slightly different wording)
  4. Save to your desktop
  5. Double click on the install program for WinSCP (the .exe file associated with winSCP, for example, "winscp551setup.exe")
  6. Follow the installation through completion.

Transferring Profile Information

  1. Open SSH
  2. Click "Profiles"
  3. Click "Edit Profiles"

screenshot showing the Edit Profiles selection

Click on a profile, and write down your host name, user name and port number. You can also leave SSH open while editing the profile information in WinSCP. Repeat for every profile you need to save.

screenshot of connection settings

Adding Profile Information

  • Open the WinSCP program (Start - Programs - WinSCP)
  • Enter the profile information you saved from SSH.
  • Enter your password

WinSCP screenshot

To enter remote directory information:

  1. Click on Directories
  2. Enter the directory path in the remote directory area
  3. Click Save

WinSCP screenshot

Enter the name you would like call the profile. "ONID" would be the most straightforward.

Click OK.

WinSCP screenshot

Note it shows up in saved sessions now.

Repeat for all of your profiles.

WinSCP screenshot

Login to a profile:

  1. Click Stored sessions
  2. Click on the profile name, in this case "Banner"
  3. Click Login

WinSCP screenshot

The first time you connect to a new server, WinSCP requests you add the host key to the cache. Press YES.

WinSCP screenshot

After accepting the key, the authorized use screen shows up. Click Continue.

WinSCP screenshot

File Transfer

File transfer is a simple operation. Your local files are on the left, remote/server files are on the right. To move a file to the server, click and drag a file from the left to the right. Note the plus symbol on the cursor indicating you are adding a file to that location.