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Uploading and Downloading Files for www.upenn.edu

Files that are served up by www.upenn.edu are actually housed on the server origin.www.upenn.edu. Since the hostname www.upenn.edu first goes to the Akamai caching node, you must use origin.www.upenn.edu if you want to reach the server directly to do any maintenance.

Access to your files on origin.www.upenn.edu is via SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol). This means that you would create your HTML documents on another computer and then use SFTP to move them up to origin.www.upenn.eddu.

If you are moving from using Kerberized FTP or if this is your first attempt to upload upload documents, the following steps are necessary:

  1. Be sure that you have a PennKey.
    See the PennKey site for more information on obtaining a PennKey.

  2. Contact the primary administrator for the site so that you may be given access for the site
    Each directory or virtual host on origin.www.upenn.edu should have a primary administrator who is responsible for managing who can upload data to that directory or virtual host. If you don't know who is the primary administrator for your site, please see your Local Support Provider (LSP).

    NOTE: Requests for access are processed once a day at 7:00am. Please make sure that enough time has passed for your access request to be processed before proceeding.

  3. Set a local password.
    Please go to our application to set a local SFTP password for origin.www.upenn.edu. This should be a secure password but please do not use your PennKey password as your local SFTP password.

  4. Configure your FTP client.
    • Supported FTP client software (including Fetch, WS_FTP, and Dreamweaver) can be downloaded from the supported product web site and there should be appropriate links to configuration instructions, if necessary.

To upload documents:
  1. Once connected with your FTP client, you need to change to the /usr/local/ftp/html directory and then to the subdirectory for which you have write permissions. When you change to html you will see the list of all directories on www.upenn.edu but you can only see the actual files in subdirectories for which you have write permissions.

    If you have a virtual host on origin.www.upenn.edu your starting directory will be:
    /usr/local/ftp/[virtual-host-name]/html
  2. You can now FTP your HTML files up.

Uploading and Downloading Files for secure.www.upenn.edu

The above instructions also pertain to maintaining pages on secure.www.upenn.edu but the starting filepath will be
/usr/local/ftp/html-ssl
If your site is:
http://www.upenn.edu/testsite/
Your filepaths would be:
public content: /usr/local/ftp/html/testsite
secure content: /usr/local/ftp/html-ssl/testsite
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