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Host Key Management with WebDrive

Host Key Authentication with SFTP

SFTP uses Secure Shell (SSH) to encrypt data in transit with a set of matching but different keys, called a key pair. One key is public, so it can be given to anyone, who can then use it to encrypt data. That data can only be decrypted by the matching private key, which the owner keeps secret.

Both the client and server using SFTP should generate a separate host key pair and exchange public keys. Both parties can then send encrypted data that can only be decrypted by the intended recipient.

Configuring WebDrive

To configure your WebDrive administrator to utilize public key authentication:

  1. Launch WebDrive. If you haven’t created a site, click New to launch the site creation wizard.
  2. Select SFTP and finish configuring your new site profile
  3. Select your new site profile and click Site Properties.
  4. Click SFTP tab.
  5. Either select the host key you would like to use, or click the Host Key Manager button to create or import host keys.
  6. Close Advanced Settings and test your connection. If you do not successfully connect you will receive an error message explaining why you cannot connect. Click Close and Next.

Your site is now ready for use. WebDrive will display your server connection as a mapped drive letter. Double-click the WebDrive tray icon to view the WebDrive Monitor or to disconnect from the server.