How-to: map Syncplify.me Server! as a drive (SFTP)

There are several software programs on the market that can mount a SFTP (or also a FTP) server connection as a drive. Syncplify.me Server! strictly adheres to the standards, therefore it grants a very high degree of compatibility.

One option is to use SFTP Net Drive (by Eldos). Here’s a brief tutorial on how to map a SFTP connection as a drive using it together with Syncplify.me Server!

First of all, obviously, we have to create a user profile in Syncplify.me Server! and we have to make sure that such user profile supports the file transfer protocol that is also supported by the client; in this case it’s the SFTP protocol.

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Once the user profile in Syncplify.me Server! is ready and active, we can move on to the configuration of SFTP Net Drive. After running the program, the first thing to do is creating a new profile.

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The configuration of the new profile is pretty straightforward. The first step is the host name or IP address of the server. In this example we used 127.0.0.1 (localhost) but clearly here you have to insert the host name or IP address of your actual SFTP server.

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Once the host name (or IP address) is configured, we simply push the OK button and move on to the next step. Ant this point we simply specify the username and password of the user profile we have previously created in Syncplify.me Server! and we’re (already) almost done.

There is only one important tweak we need to configure. As Syncplify.me Server! times out the client session after a certain amount of time (default: 120 seconds) we need to tell SFTP Net Drive to send a keep-alive packet to the server before such timeout event occurs. That will prevent Syncplify.me Server! from kicking the client out. To configure such tweak, let’s click on the “Profile Settings…” button.

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A window with a huge amount of configurable settings pops up, but we only need to change a single one. We need to enable (put a check-mark) the “Send keep-alive every” option, and set it to a time that is lower than the timeout configured in Syncplify.me Server!, for the sake of this example we have chosen 1 minute.

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Once done, we can push the OK button and move on. The above window closes and we’re ready to try our first connection. So let’s click the CONNECT button!

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If we’re connecting for the first time, we’ll be presented with the Server Key, and we need to accept it before we can actually complete the connection and mound the virtual drive.

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Once we accept the Server Key, our virtual drive will be automatically mounted, and you will be able to see it inside your Windows Explorer and use it pretty much just like any other (network) drive in your system.

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