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Connecting Couchdrop SFTP with SharePoint

Posted by Dallen Clark on Jan 31, 2023 9:47:00 AM

SharePoint is a popular platform for storing data due to its highly secure and compliant environment that offers protection at multiple layers, including disk-level and file-level encryption. However, using SFTP with SharePoint can’t be done without a third-party solution, many of which are difficult to configure and manage. But with Couchdrop, it’s simple.


How to Connect SFTP to SharePoint in Couchdrop

Couchdrop’s cloud SFTP makes importing from SFTP to SharePoint easy. Whether you need to pull files from a third party or from another cloud storage platform to SharePoint, Couchdrop’s easy-to-use interface can help.

In this article, we’ll show you how to configure an SFTP server in Couchdrop, connect to SharePoint, access your SharePoint files in the Couchdrop interface, and connect to SharePoint through an external SFTP client.

To see a real-time connection of Couchdrop SFTP to Sharepoint and creating new users, watch the video tutorial Couchdrop SFTP to SharePoint demo.

Configuring the SFTP server

Simplicity is key for Couchdrop, and setting up an SFTP server is practically effortless. There’s no need to write a config file or spin up virtual machines. To set up your SFTP server, simply register in Couchdrop.

First, choose your couchdrop.io subdomain. This will be the domain for your SFTP server. Next, choose an email for the account. After this, you’ll be prompted to create a username and password. These will also serve as the credentials to log in to your SFTP server.

Couchdrop Registration for SFTP with SharePoint

Then finish registration and login. If you need additional security such as 2FA or an RSA key, you can add this information in your profile settings.

Couchdrop Profile Update used for SFTP to SharePoint

Connecting to SharePoint

After registering for an account, the next step is to connect to SharePoint. When you log in the first time, you’ll be prompted to connect storage right away. Choose SharePoint from the list of options.

First, enter your SharePoint domain. Make sure to follow the example format so that the connection will work properly.

SharePoint Domain Configuration for use with SFTP

Next, click the Connect Now button to open an OAuth authentication window for SharePoint.

SharePoint oAuth

After making the connection, click Test Connection to make sure it’s working as expected. Couchdrop will tell you if there is an error or if the connection is successful. Finally, you can choose which folder in Couchdrop will be the mount point for SharePoint.

SharePoint Folder Mapping

SharePoint is now connected and you can access files through the Couchdrop interface as well as via SFTP.

Accessing your SharePoint files in the Couchdrop web interface

Once you’ve successfully connected to SharePoint, you can access your SharePoint files in Couchdrop’s web interface. Simply click on home and find the name of the folder where you mounted SharePoint. You can also check the “Details” tab to see which type of storage a folder is connected to.

Couchdrop Connected Storage including SharePoint and SFTP

When you click on your SharePoint folders, you’ll see the files from the associated folders in SharePoint as long as the connection was successful and is functioning correctly. Here are the files in the sharepoint-0 folder in Couchdrop.

SharePoint SFTP in Couchdrop

There is only a single file in this last sub-directory. If you look at SharePoint, you’ll see that the same file is also in the SharePoint interface.

SharePoint and Couchdrop SFTP File Sync

When the connection is successful you can work in either platform and it will reflect in the other. For example, if you were to delete the file in SharePoint it would disappear from Couchdrop and vice versa since you are accessing the SharePoint data directly.

How to connect to SharePoint with SFTP

While Couchdrop allows for quick and easy access through the intuitive web interface, you can also connect to integrated storage using a standard SFTP client. This includes files and folders houses within SharePoint that have been connected to Couchdrop, making it a quick and easy way to access SharePoint files via SFTP.

As mentioned above, when you register for your account, your SFTP server is created automatically using the username and password you created at signup. Once logged in, you can see details on how to connect to your Couchdrop SFTP server by clicking the Connect button on the top of the screen.

Connect to Couchdrop

Connecting with an external SFTP client

Once you click the Connect button, you can use the credentials there to connect through the client of your choice such as FileZilla or Cyberduck. Since you’re connecting to your Couchdrop account, and that Couchdrop account has access to the SharePoint files you’ve connected, you can access those files as well.

The easiest way to give a user access to specific files in SharePoint is to create a user in Couchdrop and then isolate that user to a folder in SharePoint. Couchdrop’s granular access controls allow you to give that user permissions for read and/or write access depending on their usage, and you can send them a username and password to log in through their preferred SFTP client as Couchdrop is completely client independent.

Couchdrop allows you to create as many users as you need and connect to multiple SharePoint organizations and sites with a single Couchdrop account.

Using other transfer protocols with Couchdrop

Along with SFTP, Couchdrop also allows access through other transfer protocols such as FTP, SCP, and S3. Instructions for how to connect appear below SFTP when you click the Connect button when logged in.

Couchdrop Transfer Protocols for use with SharePoint

Try Couchdrop to simplify SFTP to SharePoint

Couchdrop works with multiple cloud storage providers and can move files from any supported cloud storage platform to SharePoint via SFTP and other transfer protocols.

You can also act on these files through cross-platform file automations with SharePoint to simplify file transfers and get your files where they need to be. Data is never stored by Couchdrop as it simply connects to your existing storage accounts and facilitates file transfers between them.

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