Since I'm stuck with windows at work. I'd like to use a Ubuntu Server machine which i access through SSH from a windows machine to manipulate files on the windows machine. I've been moving files up to the Ubuntu machine through FTP, working on them and then downloading them. Please tell me there is a more efficient solution. Thanks for your help!
To mount your ftp server on the Ubuntu machine instead of copying back and forth, you could use
An example (from the web-page):
Putty for windows will let you have full shell access to a SSH server. Winscp is also a must have app for windows and linux/ssh interaction.
You seem to be wanting to 'mount' your windows system to a local directory on the linux machine, then via the ssh terminal, you could edit/change files as if they were local on the linux box.
The 'fuse' tools can allow mounting of a variety of special 'things' as local directories. For example theres a 'fuse ftp' fuse tool.
From the package listings :
curlftpfs - filesystem to access FTP hosts based on FUSE and cURL
There are also similer tools that use ssh:
sshfs - filesystem client based on SSH File Transfer Protocol.
Using SSHFS would require a ssh server on the windows box.