Logo: University of Southern California


If you are not working on your office computer but need access to your files, you may use the Viterbi IT Network’s SFTP server.  SFTP stands for Secure File Transfer Protocol.  From your web browser (Internet Explorer is preferred by also tested on Firefox), go to http://vsoesftp.usc.edu.

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If the web page stays blank like the above, you do not have JAVA installed.  Click the JAVA icon.  Otherwise, skip to page 9.
When you click on the JAVA icon, you will be redirected to this web page.

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Click FREE JAVA DOWNLOAD to install.


Click RUN when you see the following File Download prompt:


After Java has been installed, go back to http://vsoesftp.usc.edu.


Once JAVA has been installed and you are back on the http://vsoesftp.usc.edu website, you will see the following.

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Check ALWAYS TRUST CONTECT FROM THIS PUBLISHER and click RUN.  The next time you visit http://vsoesftp.usc.edu this should start up automatically.


Once everything is loaded, you will see the following.

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Click CONNECT on the bottom of the page.  You may have to use the scroll bar to scroll down.


The next dialog box will ask you for your log on credentials.

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Enter your USERNAME and PASSWORD and then click connect.  Your username should be prefaced by vsoe\.  See example above.


Once you are logged in, you will see the following.

The left pane represents your local computer.  The right pane represents the network folders you have access to. 


For this example, we will click on Academic and you will see folders for all the academic units.

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Clicking on your department will show you the directory structure similar to the Z: drive.

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To copy a file, you could right click on the file or folder on the left or right panel for list of options.  For quick upload, highlight a file or folder and click the appropriate double arrows in the middle.