Directly connecting to your virtual workstation is the most efficient and versatile way to transfer your data because it avoids the extra step of moving data through a third party.
Each Eclipse Tech virtual workstation has an “SSH” (secure shell) service running. This allows for a secure connection to be established directly to the remote file system. This service can be used to “SCP” (secure copy) files and folders between your local machine and your virtual workstation.
Transferring data directly to the virtual workstation requires the use of a third party “SFTP” or “SCP” client application. One popular (and free) SFTP application is Filezilla which runs on Windows, MacOS, and Linux.
Steps for using Filezilla to transfer data:
- Download Filezilla (https://filezilla-project.org/download.php?show_all=1). Be sure to select the correct version for your operating system. In this example we will be using Windows 10 (64 bit) and so at the time of this writing the version of Filezilla that was downloaded was “FileZilla_3.47.1_win64-setup.exe”.
- Install Filezilla by double clicking “FileZilla_3.47.1_win64-setup.exe”.
- Gather information needed to connect Filezilla to your virtual workstation.
You will need the following information about your virtual workstation:
- How find your virtual workstation “hostname”:
- Log into the Eclipse Tech portal https://portal.eclipsetech.co
- In the “Dashboard” section make sure your virtual workstation is running. If it is not then start it by clicking the “Start” icon in the “Options” section of your virtual workstation.
- In the “Options” section of your virtual workstation, right click the “Connect” icon and copy the address link.
NOTE: You may have to wait for a minute or two before the “Connect” icon is enabled. This is due to the virtual workstation not yet being fully initialized.
- An example of the address link would be:
- Paste the address link into a temporary location where you can edit text such as Notepad. From the example above, this part of the address link is the hostname that you should copy:
NOTE: The numbers in the hostname will be different each time your virtual workstation is stopped and started.
- Your virtual workstation username is always “Administrator”.
- How to find your virtual workstation Administrator password:
- In the “Options” section of your virtual workstation, click the “Password” icon (the key icon) to retrieve the password.
- This will cause a popup containing your Administrator password.
- Launch Filezilla
- Enter in the “Hostname”, “Username”, and “Password” collected in the previous steps (you may leave the “Port” field blank).
NOTE: You must add sftp:// to the beginning of the hostname like this:
- Connect to the virtual workstation by clicking the “Quickconnect” button.
- Click “OK” if you are prompted to trust this host.
- Navigating Filezilla.
- Filezilla can be a little confusing at first. The window panes on the left side allow you to navigate and select files on your LOCAL computer.
- The window panes on the right side allow you to navigate and select files on your remote virtual workstation.
- Uploading data.
In this example we will upload a sample video clip from the local machine Downloads folder
C:\Users\bcampbell\Downloads\SampleVideo_1280x720_10mb.mp4 to the desktop of the remote virtual workstation /C:/Users/Administrator/Desktop/
- Using the left side windows to navigate to your local file (or files) and select the data that you want to upload.
- On the right side navigate to the destination you would like to transfer the data to:
- When you are ready to begin transferring then go back to the left side and right click the selected file (or files or folders) and select “Upload”.
- In the bottom window pane you will see your file transfer progress.
- Downloading data.
To download data the reverse process is used.
- On the left side navigate to the destination you would like to download the data to.
- On the right side navigate to and select the data to download.
- To begin the transfer right click the selected data and click “Download”