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FTPWatcher Installation

FTPWatcher can be installed as a stand-alone or server/client environment. Which installation mode is best for you depends on your environment and the accessibility of the FTP Server you want to monitor. Normally you would prefer a setup in a server/client environment because your FTP server is located in an server room away from your user area. The instructions on this page are layd out in three sections:

  • Common Setup Tasks
    describes everything that's necessary to get the FTPWatcher software components installed.
  • Stand-alone Configuration
    describes the parameters to be configured to make FTPWatcher work as a single application on the FTP server with no client.
  • Server/Client Configuration
    describes the complete setup procedure to get FTPWatcher to work in a server mode on the FTP Server and in a client mode on a workstation.

Common Setup Tasks

  1. Download and Install the database server
    FTPWatcher requires ODBC access to a MySQL database server. The "Technical Requirements" page has the information about the required server version. Please follow the download and installation instructions on the MySQL web page.
     
  2. Download and install the ODBC Driver
    You must download and install the ODBC Driver version mentioned on the "Technical Requirements" page to allow FTPWatcher to access the data for file version management. Please follow the download and installation instructions on the MySQL web page.  
  3. Download and install the FTPWatcher application package
    - Go to the "Download" page and right-click the "FTPWatcher Application Package".
    - From the emerging menu choose "Save Target as ...".
    - Specify the location where the package will be stored and write down the location.
    - After you save the package open it to extract the setup files to the default "extract to" directory.
    - Change to the location the files were extracted to and run the "setup.exe" and follow the instructions on the screen.
  4. Proceed to the Configuration section for the setup type you intend to use. 

Stand-alone Configuration

  1. Create a database directory
    You must establish a new database directory called "ftp_watcher" in your <drive>:\mysql\data directory that will house the FTPWatcher tables in which the source and destination file structures are stored.
  2. Copy the database files
    The Install path for the FTPWatcher application contains a subdirectory called "data".
    You must copy the content of this directory to the Database directory created in step 1 of this section.
  3. Create an ODBC data source
    - From the Windows Control Panel select "Administrative Tools" and then start "Data Sources (ODBC)".
    - On the "User DSN" tab click "Add" and choose the "MySQL ODBC X.YY Driver" that was installed in step 2 of the "
    Common Setup Tasks" section.
    - Configure the new connection as follows:

    - Click "OK"
  4. Edit the kilroy.ini file
    - with Notepad or Wordpad open the "kilroy.ini" in the windows directory ("<drive>:\Windows" or "<drive>:\WINNT" where <drive> is the computer's boot drive)
    - Set the following parameters: 

Server/Client Configuration

    On the Server

  1. Create a database directory
    You must establish a new database directory called "ftp_watcher" in your <drive>:\mysql\data directory that will house the FTPWatcher tables in which the source and destination file structures are stored.
  2. Copy the database files
    The Install path for the FTPWatcher application contains a subdirectory called "data".
    You must copy the content of this directory to the Database directory created in step 1 of this section.
  3. Create an ODBC data source
    - From the Windows Control Panel select "Administrative Tools" and then start "Data Sources (ODBC)".
    - On the "User DSN" tab click "Add" and choose the "MySQL ODBC X.YY Driver" that was installed in step 2 of the "
    Common Setup Tasks" section.
    - Configure the new connection as follows:

    - Click "OK"
  4. Edit the kilroy.ini file
    - with Notepad or Wordpad open the "kilroy.ini" in the windows directory ("<drive>:\Windows" or "<drive>:\WINNT" where <drive> is the computer's boot drive)
    - Set the following parameters: 

    On the Client

  1. Create an ODBC data source
    - From the Windows Control Panel select "Administrative Tools" and then start "Data Sources (ODBC)".
    - On the "User DSN" tab click "Add" and choose the "MySQL ODBC X.YY Driver" that was installed in step 2 of the "
    Common Setup Tasks" section.
    - Configure the new connection as on the server with one difference:
    In the "Host/Server Name(or IP)" field enter the IP Address or Host name of the computer that is designated to be the FTPWatcher's server.
    - Click "OK"
  2. Edit the kilroy.ini file
    in the windows directory ("<drive>:\Windows" or "<drive>:\WINNT" where <drive> is the computer's boot drive)

Security Setup

  1. FTPWatcher is not a "service" but and application. Therefore when the server is restarted the application must be started from the desktop. This can be accomplished by adding a shortcut to the FTPWatcher application to the Administrator's Start up program group.
  2. FTPWatcher must have read/write permissions on the FTP site and the drop directory. The file and directory permissions must be set accordingly. It is a good idea to avoid permission issues to run FTPWatcher from the System Administrator account.
  3. It is strongly advised to place the FTPServer between two firewalls. Since FTPWatcher utilizes Mapped drives when moving files between the FTP Site and the internal (trusted) storage locations across computers, it is vital to limit the access to the FTP Server to only allow the communication required for the FTP process.

Next Steps

FTPWatcher is now ready for your evaluation. By default the evaluation version of FTPWatcher will be fully functional but only run for a random amount of time each time the application is started. You must manually restart the application on both, the server and the client after it terminates.
You can obtain a License code for $45.00 US. To receive your license code contact us vie fax or email. We will arrange the payment method and send you the license key as soon as payment is received.

 

 

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