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Using the FTP Voyager Scheduler

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Updated February 21, 2019

Overview

FTP Voyager scheduler is a powerful tool to automate tasks such as download, upload, and others. It is very flexible and can also use event aside from different actions. For more details and get around with it, check the details below.

Environment

FTP Voyager Scheduler versions 16.2.0.328

Detail

FTP Voyager Scheduler is a very simple to use program. The best way to begin learning is to schedule some tasks and see how it works. Here are some tips to help you get started.

 

About the FTP Voyager Scheduler Window

The FTP Voyager Scheduler window has four separate "panes" to organize the information. They are:

  • Tasks Pane - The top-left windowpane lists the sites that are scheduled to connect to as well as the next run time, last run time, and current status.
  • Actions Pane - After clicking on a scheduled site, the top-right windowpane lists all of the tasks scheduled to take place while connected to the site and any file/folder destinations.
  • Log Pane - The bottom-left windowpane will display a log of all FTP commands being executed while a task is occurring. This window can be logged to a text file from the Options menu under View.
  • Status Pane - The lower-right windowpane shows the current status of a task (i.e. file transfer status) as it is being executed.

From the FTP Voyager Scheduler window, you can monitor all activities that occur as they are being executed.

 

 

 

Create tasks in FTP Voyager Scheduler

Scheduling tasks with FTP Voyager Scheduler are done in two steps. First, you have to specify a site and time for tasks to occur.

  1. Double-click on the FTP Voyager Scheduler icon in your systray or run FTP Scheduler from the Start menu.
  2. You may create a new task to connect to by selecting New from the Edit menu or by clicking on the New Task button on the toolbar.
  3. The Scheduled Task Settings window will appear. Click on the Select button to choose a site from your Site Manager which you want Scheduler to connect to.
  4. You can give your task setting a name and a description in the appropriately labeled boxes.
  5. Click on the Schedule tab to continue the configuration
  6. Choose how often you would a connection to this site to occur in the list labeled Schedule Task.
  7. Select the date and time for the task to be executed on.
  8. Press the OK button to accept these changes.

You have now created a site from which you can begin setting up tasks to occur. Multiple tasks can be scheduled for each site that you create. Creating a task is a very simple process.

 

Right-click on the site you created in the left-hand windowpane and select "New Action" to create a new task for this site.

FTP Voyager Scheduler can perform eight different types of actions. They are:

  • Download - This action will ask you for a path and filename or folder that you would like to download to your computer.
  • Upload - With this action, you specify a file or folder on your computer to upload and the destination on the remote the computer to upload to
  • Synchronize Remote Folders - After selecting the remote file/folder and the local file/folder to compare, FTP Scheduler will upload the new/changed file(s) in order for the remote files to match your local computer's files.
  • Synchronize Local Folders - This is the same as a synchronize remote folder task, except it downloads the files from the remote computer to your own computer's files match them.
  • Delete - By scheduling a delete task, you can remove local or remote files and folders from the computer that you no longer need.
  • Run External Program or Batch File - This task will execute a program or batch file which you specify with any options you list here. This allows for quite a bit of customization.
  • Move Up - A Move Up action will upload files from your computer and then delete them from your computer after a successful upload.
  • Move Down - A Move Down action will download files to your computer and then delete them from the server after a successful download.

Once you have selected an action, all you need to do is specify any file/folder destinations and you're done!

 

This demonstrates only the most basic features of FTP Voyager Scheduler. There are many more options that give even more control over your file management which you can learn more about in the built-in Help files.

 

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