Quick—why do YOU transfer files from point A to point B?  Our experience shows that many of you are trying to:

  • Back up your data
  • Match up two different folders, or
  • Transfer a really big file without having to wait around


Did you know you can do all of those things and more with SolarWinds free FTP Voyager client?   This article shows you how, with five quick "file transfer recipes."  (Remember to download FTP Voyager before trying any of this on your own.)


How to Back Up Files From Your Desktop or Laptop


1. Obtain an account on either a remote FTP, SFTP or FTPS server such as Serv-U MFT Server
2. Open up the FTP Voyager Scheduler
3. Use the Backup Wizard to select local & remote folders
4. Schedule & run the backup


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How to Synchronize Two Folders

 

1. Open FTP Voyager & open a connection to your FTP, SFTP or SFTP server

2. On your left pane, click into the local folder you want to synchronize

3. On your right pane, click into the remote folder you want to synchronize
4. Click the "Compare Folders" button between the two panes
5. Transfer files back and forth between the folders until all the files that are listed appear in green


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How to Shut Down After a Big (Unattended) Transfer


1. Open FTP Voyager & open a connection to your FTP, SFTP or SFTP server

2. Perform a test to make sure transfers work by downloading one or two small files

3. Go to the "Transfer Queue"

4. Change "On Queue Completion" to "Shut Down Computer"

5. Start the large file transfer & leave

6. Your computer will now automatically shut down when the big file transfer finishes


How to Synchronize Entire Folder Trees


1. Open FTP Voyager & open a connection to your FTP, SFTP or SFTP server

2. On your left pane, click into the local folder you want to synchronize

3. On your right pane, click into the remote folder you want to synchronize

4. Go to the "Tools" ribbon &  click on the "Synchronize" button

5. Confirm the parameters of the synchronization by looking at the Sync preview & making any necessary adjustments

6. When everything is set, click the "Synchronize" button

7. FTP Voyager will automatically make all necessary transfers & deletions to synchronize your folders & all their subfolders


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How to Get Email Alerts When Files Arrive

 

1. Open FTP Voyager & then open your Site Profiles

2. Select the server that you want to watch & select "Copy to Scheduler" from the menu
3. Open FTP Voyager Scheduler
4. Create a new transfer task
5. Add a "Download" action that points to your expected file
6. Reopen your "Download action & go to the "Events" tab
7. Add a "Send Email" event action to send you an email when the "File Downloaded" event occurs


Try It Yourself

 

To try out any of these recipies yourself, download FTP Voyager Free FTP Client today.