Apr 17, 2009

Transfer Files Between Windows and Linux Machines With Ease and Security

This post may not necessarily be news worthy for a lot of you out there. This tool has been around for a really, really long time. Well, at least 9 years. In internet time, that is almost an eternity. Still, for some of you this may just be the tool you are looking for.

There comes a time or two when you have to transfer files between a Windows host and a Linux host. Now, you can always setup SMB shares on each other, but that isn't always the most secure way to go. Not to mention you are leaving services running for something you may not always use.

This tool, allows you transfer files between Windows and Linux machines over a secure SSH connection. What pray tell is this tool you may be asking? Why it is none other than WinSCP (Windows Secure CoPy).

Here is a description from Wikipedia about WinSCP:

WinSCP (Windows Secure CoPy) is an open source SFTP and FTP client for Microsoft Windows. Its main function is secure file transfer between a local and a remote computer. Beyond this, WinSCP offers basic file manager and file synchronization functionality. For secure transfers, it uses Secure Shell (SSH) and supports the SCP protocol in addition to SFTP.

Besides that WinSCP can also be scripted for automated file transfers and backups. For more information about scripting with WinSCP, visit the Scripting/Automation page at the WinSCP website here: (Scripting WinSCP)

How many of you out there already use WinSCP? What other cool features did I leave out? Let us know all the cool shiznite you can do with it in the comments!

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