On all the GIS labs UNIX and Windows Machines is a program known as FTP or file transfer protocol. File transfer protocols a way of transferring files across a network. By knowing the either a server name or the IP address of a machine you are able to transfer large files between different machines. To do this there is either the command line interface or a graphical interface.
Command Line (Available on all systems)
Open a Windows terminal
At the start menu go to run and type ftp OK this will bring up a DOS window
Command Line FTP
Change your directory on the local machine by using the lcd command ex LCD c:\myfiles
Log on to the other server ex open samson.unbc.ca
enter your username and password
set the transfer to binary type bin
Use the ls command to change directories on the remote machine.
Type: get and the specific filename ex: get picture.jpg to transfer files from the remote machine the the one you are working on.
Type: put and the specific filename ex: put picture.gif to transfer files from the local machine to the remote machine.
For multiple transfers use the mput or mget commands. Ex: mget *.jpg to transfer a number of files.
Once you are finished Type quit to close your ftp session.
Command line does not transfer directory structures.
On both windows and UNIX systems there are several versions of FTP. On a windows machine a common version is the WS_FTP, on a UNIX machine try typing xftp at the prompt. The graphical FTP programs are generally the same and are quite simple to use; apply the following. Find either hostname or remote machine somewhere in the menus and specify the machine you are connecting to: For example samson.unbc.ca. Type in your username and password and press connect. (Occasionally you will be asked to re-enter your password).
Once connected you will see two directory structures side by side. One represents the local machine, the other your host machine. Between these menus there is usually two arrows. To transfer data move to the directories you where the data is located on the one side and move to the location you want to place it on the other side. Highlight the specific files or the entire directory and click on the which ever middle arrow indicates which way you want the data to transfer. When the software indicates your files have transferred check and see if the file sizes are the same (generally this is indicated next to the file name) and if so exit the software.