Personal File Storage

Faculty and Staff

You may have personal files hosted on a file server (commonly known as the “Alphas”) that is scheduled to be retired soon. On PC computers these files are most likely accessed from your computer via the “X” drive. On Mac computers these files are most likely accessed through a network volume with your ePanther name.


On Thursday, October 15 the automatic connection to this file server will no longer be available after you log off your computer. To prepare for the retirement of the server, it is important that you move your files from this server to your personal PantherFile space or an alternate location before Thursday, October 15.

To assist with the transfer of files from this server to PantherFile, a tutorial video has been created and is available on PantherFile, which is below.

Students

The personal files that you may have on the Alphas were placed there by you when you did work in one of our campus computer labs. To prepare for the retirement of the server, you should review and move your files to your personal PantherFile space before Thursday, October 15.

To do this from a Windows computer in the campus computer lab, you should:

  1. Create a new folder on your desktop to temporarily store the files you want to keep.
  2. Open an FTP client by going to Start -> Internet Applications -> coreftp
  3. You may see a dialog box that asks you if CoreFTP should be set as the default FTP Client, click No. 
  4. You may then see another dialog box that asks “Would you like to use ‘notepad.exe’ to edit all ascii files?” Click No. 
  5. Enter Alpha as the site name. 
  6. Enter alphaX.csd.uwm.edu as the host (where “X” is the first letter of your ePantherID) 
  7. Enter your ePantherID as the username. 
  8. Enter your ePantherID password as the password. 
  9. Click connect. 
  10. On the right side panel are the files you may want to download. The left side panel is the download destination folder.
  11. Select the temporary folder that you created earlier on the left side. The path should look something like: C:\Documents and Settings\your_ePantherID\Desktop\your_folder_name. 
  12. Select and download the files you want to keep by dragging and dropping them to the left side panel or by right clicking and selecting download. 
  13. Once your files have been downloaded to the temporary folder, you can close CoreFTP.
  14. Right click the temporary folder and select ‘Copy’. 
  15. Open My Computer. 
  16. Open My PantherFile on ‘XythosDrive’ (Z:). 
  17. Right click inside the file explorer window and select ‘Paste’. 
  18. Your files should now be copied to your PantherFile space.  

To do this from a Macintosh computer in a campus computer lab, you should:  

  1. Create a new folder on your desktop to temporarily store the files you want to keep. 
  2. Click on the Applications folder in the menu bar at the bottom of the screen. 
  3. Select the application Fugu. 
  4. In the ‘Connect To:’ box type alphaX.csd.uwm.edu (where X is the first letter in your ePanther ID). Make sure your ePanther ID is in the Username field. 
  5. Click ‘Connect’. 
  6. You may see a message that says ‘ The authenticity of host alphaX.csd.uwm.edu can’t be established. Are you sure you want to continue connecting?’ Click ‘Continue’. 
  7. You will then be prompted to enter in ePanther@alphaX.csd.uwm.edu’s password. Enter in your ePanther ID password and then click ‘Authenticate’. 
  8. Click Connect. 
  9. The right side panel will have all your folders and files that reside on the Alphas. 
  10. The left side panel are the files and folders on the Mac. Double click on the Desktop folder in the left side panel, and then open up the folder that you created on the desktop. 
  11. Select and download the files you want to keep by dragging and dropping them to the left side panel or by control clicking (right click) and selecting download. 
  12. You may receive a message that says ‘Warning: OpenSSH’s sftp client cannot yet download directories. Would you like to download web to /Users/ePanther ID/Desktop/Alphas with SCP instead?’. Click Download. 
  13. You may then have a window appear with the title bar Secure Copy. Make sure the that Copy File to Path: looks something like /Users/ePanther ID/Desktop/Alphas. Click Secure Copy. 
  14. At the prompt, enter in your ePanther ID password. Click Authenticate. 
  15. Once all files and folders have been downloaded from the Alphas (right side panel of Fugu), you can select them all and click delete (to remove them from the Alphas). 
  16. Once your files have been deleted, you can close Fugu. 
  17. 17. Control click (right click) the temporary folder and select 'Copy'. 
  18. Then open up the Xythos drive on the computer. (The mapped drive that is named your ePanther ID) 
  19. Control click (right click) inside the file explorer window and select 'Paste Item'. 
  20. Check to make sure that your files copied correctly. Your files should now be copied to your PantherFile space.
Video Tutorials and Support

To assist with the transfer of files from the Alphas to PantherFile, the following tutorial videos have been created:

MAC users

https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/groups/uits/desktop_support/public/alpha_to_PantherFile_transfer_Mac.m4v

PC users
https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/groups/uits/desktop_support/public/alpha_to_PantherFile_PC_Transfer.avi

If you are experiencing any issues or have concerns please feel free to contact the UWM Help Desk at (414) 229 - 4040 or use the online form at GetTechHelp.uwm.edu.