I'm attempting to SSH to GlobalSCAPE Secure FTP Server. The server is running Windows 2003 and GloablSCAPE Secure FTP Server 3.3.1.

My client is running Vista SP2 and putty

I recieve the following message after correctly entering my username and password.

login as: greg
GlobalSCAPE Secure FTP [email protected]'s password:
Server refused to allocate pty

Any suggestions?


  • Is the globalscape ftp server designed to support only scp/sftp? ssh is typically for interactive sessions while scp/sftp have a specific subset of the ssh protocol that is designed to support transfering files.
    – chris
    Jun 30, 2009 at 15:31

1 Answer 1


As Chris said, Globalscape is just an SFTP server, not a general SSH server. It won't accept connections from ssh clients. See this knowledgebase article.


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