Konstantin V Konstantin V - 1 year ago 375
PowerShell Question

Upload file to SFTP using PowerShell

We were asked to set up an automated upload from one of our servers to an SFTP site. There will be a file that is exported from a database to a filer every Monday morning and they want the file to be uploaded to SFTP on Tuesday. The current authentication method we are using is username and password (I believe there was an option to have key file as well but username/password option was chosen).

The way I am envisioning this is to have a script sitting on a server that will be triggered by Windows Task scheduler to run at a specific time (Tuesday) that will grab the file in question upload it to the SFTP and then move it to a different location for backup purposes.

For example:

  • Local Directory:

  • SFTP Directory:

  • Backup Directory:

I tried few things at this point WinSCP being one of them as well as SFTP PowerShell Snap-In but nothing has worked for me so far.

This will be running on Windows Server 2012R2.

When I run
my console host version is 4.0.


Answer Source

There isn't currently a built-in PowerShell method for doing the SFTP part. You'll have to use something like psftp.exe or a PowerShell module like Posh-SSH.

Here is an example using Posh-SSH:

# Set the credentials
$Password = ConvertTo-SecureString 'Password1' -AsPlainText -Force
$Credential = New-Object System.Management.Automation.PSCredential ('root', $Password)

# Set some path variables
$FilePath = "C:\FileDump\test.txt"
$SftpPath = '/Outbox'
$SmbPath = '\\filer01\Backup'

# Set the IP of the SFTP server
$SftpIp = ''

# Load the Posh-SSH module
Import-Module C:\Temp\Posh-SSH

# Establish the SFTP connection
New-SFTPSession -ComputerName $SftpIp -Credential $Credential

# Upload the file to the SFTP path
Set-SFTPFile -SessionId 0 -LocalFile $FilePath -RemotePath $SftpPath

# Copy the file to the SMB location
Copy-Item -Path $FilePath -Destination $SmbPath

Some additional notes:

  • You'll have to download the Posh-SSH module which you can install to your user module directory (e.g. C:\Users\jon_dechiro\Documents\WindowsPowerShell\Modules) and just load using the name or put it anywhere and load it like I have in the code above.
  • If having the credentials in the script is not acceptable you'll have to use a credential file. If you need help with that I can update with some details or point you to some links.
  • Change the paths, IPs, etc. as needed.

That should give you a decent starting point.

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