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Macintosh Client and a Windows Server

Transfer Files Between a Macintosh Client and a Windows Server.

This article applies to: Managed Servers


Note: This page outlines secure methods for transferring files between a Macintosh client and a Windows server. If you are transferring files between other systems, please see the Choose a File Transfer Protocol page to find the secure method that's right for your needs.
Recommended File Transfer Options
SFTP/SCP
(Always encrypted)
WebDAV over SSL
(Can be encrypted)
FTP over SSL
(FTPS)
(Always encrypted)
Microsoft File Sharing
(SMB/CIFS)
Mac Client & Windows Server X X

What is WebDAV over SSL? (Okay to use for confidential data)

WebDav (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is a file transfer protocol that is used at Cornell in conjunction with CUWebAuth and Kerberos to provide additional security for single-sign on connections.

The WebDAV client sends an encrypted NetID and password to the kProxy server. The kProxy server logs into Kerberos and obtains credentials which are sent to the WebDav server. This protects NetID and password information while still allowing the ease of use provided by single sign-on.

For more information, see File Transfer Using WebDAV over SSL.

What is Microsoft File Sharing (SMB/CIFS)?

Warning: Do not use this option for confidential data.

Microsoft File Sharing (using the underlying SMB/CIFS protocol) is a software application that allows Windows or Macintosh and Unix computers to interact with each other. It creates a connection from the Win/Mac client to the server, allowing you to see directories on the server as if they were on the client computer.

Microsoft File Sharing (SMB/CIFS) is not encrypted over the network. For the transfer of confidential data, Microsoft File Sharing (SMB/CIFS) is not allowed. Policy 5.10, Information Security, classifies as confidential any of the following data elements when they appear in conjunction with an individual’s name or other identifier:

  • Social Security number
  • Credit card number
  • Driver’s license number
  • Bank account number
  • Protected health information, as defined by HIPAA

If you are unsure which protocol to use instead, send e-mail to systems-support@cornell.edu. The Systems Support group will work with you to find a secure solution.

Client Setup and File Transfer

For step-by-step instructions for transferring files using Microsoft File Sharing, see File Transfer Using Microsoft File Sharing.

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Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:41pm

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