Configure Web Edition to Act as a Gateway

In this procedure, you'll configure the Web Edition server (the computer on which you installed the Secure Shell Server and Web Transfer feature) to act as a gateway. This enables transfers to go between the user workstation and a back end file server. Two procedures are given below.

  • Use the first procedure if the file server is available as a network share from the system running the Reflection for Secure IT Server.
  • Use the second procedure if the file server is an SFTP server. This might be a Windows system running Reflection for Secure IT Server for Window or a UNIX system running Reflection for Secure IT Server for UNIX.

Configure the Reflection for Secure IT Server to connect to a network share

  1. On the Web Edition server, start the Reflection for Secure IT Server console. (Start > All Programs > Attachmate Reflection > Reflection SSH Server Configuration.)
  2. From the Configuration tab, click SFTP Directories in the left panel, then click Add.
  3. Enter a Virtual directory name (for example Test). This is the directory name that users will see when they run the Transfer Client.
  4. For Local or UNC directory, enter a UNC path that includes a server name and share. For example:

    \\server\share\public

  5. Click OK.
  6. In the SFTP Directories pane:
    • Set the User login directory to the virtual directory you just created, for example /Test. You'll see a warning message about changing the user key directory. Because Web Edition users do not use public key authentication, this is not a concern and you can click Yes to proceed.
    • Disable the default Home directory by clearing the Allow checkbox.
  7. Save your settings (File > Save Settings).

Configure the Reflection for Secure IT Server to connect to an SFTP server

Before you begin

  • Confirm that a Secure Shell server is installed and running on the host that will serve as your file server, and that SFTP is enabled. (SFTP is enabled by default on Reflection for Secure IT servers.)
  • Confirm the DNS name or IP address for this host and know the port being used for Secure Shell connections (22 is the default).
  • Confirm the name and password of a valid account on this host. This user account will provide access to file system on the file server.

     

To configure the connection to an SFTP server

  1. On the Web Edition server, start the Reflection for Secure IT Server console. (Start > All Programs > Attachmate Reflection > Reflection SSH Server Configuration.)
  2. From the Configuration tab, click SFTP Directories in the left panel, then click Add.
  3. Enter a Virtual directory name (for example Test). This is the directory name that users will see when they run the Transfer Client.
  4. Select Remote SFTP server. This opens the Remote SFTP Server Connection dialog box.

    Note: The "Remote SFTP server" you configure here is your back end file server.

  5. For Host, specify the name or IP address of the file server. The port for the connection to this server is set to 22 by default. Edit this if your Secure Shell server uses a different port.
  6. Under Host key, click Retrieve. Reflection for Secure IT connects to the Secure Shell server running on the file server, retrieves the host public key and displays a confirmation box. Click OK to accept this key and then close the Get Public Key dialog box.

    This key is used to confirm the host identity in subsequent connections, ensuring that documents are transferred to the correct host.

  7. Under Authentication, for Remote SFTP username and Password, enter the credentials of the user account that will provide access to the file system on the file server.
  8. Under Remote base directory, click Browse. This opens a browse dialog box showing directories available to the user you specified. (The directories available depend on this user's privileges and on how the SFTP server is configured.) Browse to select the directory you want to make available to your Web Edition users and click OK. The directory you select is entered in the Path field.
  9. Click Test Connection. You should see a message saying that the connection was successful.

    Note: The Test Connection dialog box includes a Details button. You can use the information provided to troubleshoot this connection.

  10. Close the dialog boxes and return to the SFTP Directories pane.
  11. In the SFTP Directories pane:
    • Set the User login directory to the virtual directory you just created, for example /Test. You'll see a warning message about changing the user key directory. Because Web Edition users do not use public key authentication, this is not a concern and you can click Yes to proceed.
    • Disable the default Home directory by clearing checkbox in the Allow column.
  12. Save your settings (File > Save Settings).

Next

Transfer Files to the Back End File Server

Related Topics

Configure Access to Files on Back End SFTP Servers