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   Help: Department FTP site

 

There are three ways to access our ftp site: The first method is using a generic web browser, the second method is using the Microsoft Explorer 7,  and the third method is using the ftp program Absolute-FTP.


Method 1 - Using a Generic web Browser

This method works for downloading files, but not for uploading files. It uses the http protocol to access a FTP site, bypassing the firewall restrictions:

  1. Point your web browser to:
    http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/ftp/
    the ftp site appears.
  2. Navigate to the desired folder.
  3. If the folder is password protected, a logon dialog box appears. If the folder is public, the logon dialog box does not appear.
  4. Right click on a file. A menu appears. Choose the “Save Target As” option. A dialog box appears.
  5. Save the file onto your computer.

Method 2 - Using Microsoft Explorer 7
How to logon
  1. Point your browser to:
    ftp://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/
    The ftp root appears:
  2. Click on the “Page” icon. A submenu appears. Choose the “Open FTP site in Windows Explorer” option. the ftp site will open in the Windows Explorer.
  3. From the File menu, choose the “Login As” option. A dialog box appears.
  4. You can either logon anonymously or by using a username and password.
  5. Click the “Log On” button. The ftp site re-appears.
How to upload files
  1. Logon to the ftp site.
  2. Navigate to the specified folder.
  3.  Drag and drops files from Windows Explore onto your FTP site.

How to download files
  1. Logon to the ftp site.
  2. Navigate to the specified folder.
  3. Right click on a file. A menu appears. Choose the “Save Target As” option. A dialog box appears.
  4.  Save the file onto your computer.

Method 3 - Using Absolute-FTP program
How to install?
  1. Download and install the Absolute-FTP program by clicking on the following link:
    http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/ftp/FTPSoftware/AbsFTP1-9.exe
How to run for the first time?
  1. Click start. Point to All Programs. Point to the UC Davis Internet Tools. Click on the Absolute FTP. The Connect dialog box appears. If this is the first time, click the Close button.
  2. From the File menu choose the Quick Connect option. A dialog box appears. Enter the following information in this dialog box:

Hostname: animalscience.ucdavis.edu
Port: 21
Anonymous login: Unchecked
Username:  Enter the assigned username
Password: Enter the assigned password
Initial directory:  Leave blank
Save Session: This check box should be checked

  1. Click the OK button.

You should see two windows: one showing the ftp site and the other showing your computer files and folders. If not, from the Windows menu, choose the "Tile Vertically" option.
Now you can copy files between your computer and your ftp site, by dragging and dropping files between these two windows.


Problems Accessing FTP Site

The main problems with FTP access are Windows firewall and Passive ftp. To turn off the Windows firewall and to uncheck the Passive FTP feature,  please follow these instructions:
A. How to turn off Windows Firewall?
  1. Click the Start button and then choose the Control Panel.
  2. Scroll down and click the Windows Firewall icon.
  3. Turn off the Windows firewall.
B. How to uncheck the Passive FTP Feature in Absolute-FTP?
  1. Click the  Start button and point to All Programs. Point to the UC Davis Internet Tools. Click on the Absolute FTP. The Connect dialog box appears.
  2. Highlight the entry for our ftp site and right click on the highlighted entry. A menu appears.
  3. Choose the Properties option. A dialog box appears.
  4. Highlight the FTP entry in the dialog box and uncheck the box for "Use outgoing data connections (PASV)"
  5. Click the OK button. The Connect dialog box reappears. Click OK again and you will be connected to our FTP site.
C. How to uncheck the Passive FTP Feature in Microsoft browser?
  1. In the Microsoft browser, from the Tools menu, choose the Internet Options. A dialog box appears.
  2. Click the Advanced tab.   A list appears. Scroll down and highlight the "Use Passive FTP (for firewall and DSL modem compatibility)" entry.
  3. Uncheck the box for this option.
  4. Click OK button.