I would like to Import files which are stored at a password-protected remote server. Because the server is protected by a password SetDirectory["/server/folder"] fails. Are there any ideas how to fetch the files?

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    $\begingroup$ Did you try to use Import directly? It's supposed to present an interactive authentication dialog if necessary $\endgroup$
    – Lukas Lang
    Jun 7, 2018 at 11:09
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I did try to use Import directly. I didn't get the interactive dialog. Just showed the error message: File not found during import $\endgroup$
    – RMMA
    Jun 7, 2018 at 11:25
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    $\begingroup$ Then your server is probably using some authentication scheme that MMA does not support - can you provide more details regarding the server? What type of server is it? How do you normally access it? ... $\endgroup$
    – Lukas Lang
    Jun 7, 2018 at 11:40
  • $\begingroup$ The Server is a Windows Server 2016 Standard 6.3, I occasionally copy files from the server using smbclient. $\endgroup$
    – RMMA
    Jun 8, 2018 at 7:22
  • $\begingroup$ @RMMA did the suggestion in my answer work for this? $\endgroup$ Jun 20, 2018 at 21:36

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Try Import["/server/folder", "Username" -> "username", "Password" -> "password"]

EDIT: For the record, this works if you can access the file from a browser, and it prompts you for a User/Pass.. This is an intended but undocumented feature of Import.


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