SFTP without service on host PC

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I currently have an SSH server set up on my router, though I've had it
set up on a PC in the past. I connect via SSH2 with pub/private keys.

What I want to do is use a program like Filezilla to transfer files
from PCs on the same network as the SSH server, but not on the same PC.
In other words, if I have SSH on PC-A, I'd like to connect to PC-B
(same network) and pull/push files to it.

Is that possible to do w/o SSH on the second PC (PC-B, in my case)? If
so, how do I do it? If not, is there an easy way to implement it? I'd
prefer not to install SSH on every PC, and I don't want to have an FTP
server up on every PC.

Re: SFTP without service on host PC

gmalbert@gmail.com writes:

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What OS are these PC's each running?  

Any reason you're hesitant to using the OS's built file sharing

There may be reasons to implement an ssh server if you're wanting to
implement strict security and control over the file transferring, but
depending on your environment, this may be overkill.  

Todd H.
http://www.toddh.net /

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Todd H. wrote:
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Cygwin with rsync over SSH is also very effective if you just want to push
snapshots of the contents of client machines.

Re: SFTP without service on host PC

This is helpful, thanks. Half of the machines are Windows XP and the
other half are Linux (Ubuntu). I would love to use the built-in
features of the OS' file sharing, but I've not be able to access the
machines that way when I'm on the road. I'll typically SSH in and will
need to access files on remote machines. That would have been helpful
to mention in my original post, I know.

If there were something that would interact with the standard file
sharing within each OS,  I'd be more than happy to use that. I tried
the VPN route, but it added so much overhead and was a gigantic pain to
set up.

Any other thoughts?

Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
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RoadWarrior wrote:
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set up a single vpn server (linux if possible) then use vtund.  About as
simple as you can get.  No overhead to speak of and takes about 15
minutes to set up the first time, and about 1 minute thereafter.  Set up
routes and if you really want you can set up samba to forward netbios


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