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This section describes how to upload files using the Grid Manager or a file transfer client. You can upload files to the Grid Master or to individual members.

Uploading Files

Some things to keep in mind when you upload files:

  • When you use the Grid Manager to upload files, you can upload files only to the Grid Master, not to individual members of the Grid.
  • To upload files to a member, you must use an FTP client, TFTP client or HTTP client. Files uploaded by file transfer clients to any member, will be synchronized back to Grid Master.
  • The logs for file transfers using third party clients can be found in syslog.
  • You can use a third party file transfer client to upload and retrieve files:
    • If the 'anonymous' login is enabled, you can retrieve files but this 'anonymous' user can not upload files even if the "Allow uploads" option is enabled.
    • If you create a user to use with a third party transfer client, this must be an FTP user with read/write permissions in their directory.
  • You can upload a maximum of 10,000 files.
  • If uploading the file exceeds the storage limit, the appliance logs a message and does not upload the file. For information about file distribution storage, see Modifying File Distribution Storage Limits.
  • If you upload a file that has the same name and path as an existing file, the appliance automatically replaces the old file.

Note: Administrators with superuser privileges can manage uploading files. Limited-access admins with read/write permissions to specific directories can upload files to the directories. For information, see Administrative Permissions for File Distribution Services.


Enabling Upload to Grid Members

  1. From the Data Management tab, select Grid File Distribution Properties on the toolbar.
  2. In the Grid File Distribution Properties dialog box, select the Allow Upload to Grid Members check box.
  3. Click Save & Close.

Uploading Files using Grid Manager

The Grid Manager uploads files only to the Grid Master. The Grid Master propagates the files to the members. You must use a third party file transfer client to upload files directly to an individual member:

  • If the 'anonymous' login is enabled, you can retrieve files but this 'anonymous' user can not upload files even if the "Allow uploads" option is enabled.
  • If you create a user to use with a third party transfer client, this must be an FTP user with read/write permissions in their directory.
  1. From the Data Management tab, select the File Distribution tab -> Files tab.
  2. Select the destination directory link.
  3. Click the Add icon -> File from the Toolbar.
  4. Select the Extract files after upload (.zip, .tar, .gz, .tgz) check box in the Upload dialog box if you are uploading .zip, .tar, .gz, or.tgz files and you want to automatically extract the files upon upload.

    Note: The directory structure in the compressed file is restored when the files are extracted. A directory that already exists it will be replaced by an extracted directory with the same name.

  5. Click Select to navigate to the file you want to upload.
  6. Select the file you want to upload, and then click Open.
  7. If you want to upload more than one file, repeat Steps 4 and 6 until you have selected all the files you want to upload. You can upload a maximum of ten files at one time.

    Note: You can delete an incorrect file selection by clicking the red icon next to the filename before you click Upload

  8. To verify the upload was successful. roll the mouse cursor over the green check mark next to the file name. If the upload was successful, the message "Upload succeeded." appears.

Uploading Files Using TFTP, FTP, or HTTP File Transfer Client

You can upload files to the Grid Master or to individual members using a third party FTP client. Files uploaded by file transfer clients to any member, will be synchronized back to Grid Master.

To upload files to a member, you must first enable the Allow Upload to Grid Members check box in the Grid File Distribution Properties dialog box. See Enabling Upload to Grid Members.

You must add an FTP user before you can upload files using a third party FTP client. This must be an FTP user. It is not the NIOS admin. For information see Adding FTP Users through Grid Manager.

Deleting Files From the Grid Master

If the FTP user has read/write permissions, then that user can delete files from the Grid member wherever that FTP user is connected. Only files can be deleted but not directories.

  1. From the Data Management tab, select the File Distribution tab -> Files tab.
  2. Grid Manager displays the files and folders in the Root directory. Click the directory link to see the files in a specific directory.
  3. To delete a file, select the check box and then click the Delete icon.

Deleting Files From a Member

You can delete files from a member only if "No" appears in the Synchronized with Grid Master column.

If the FTP user has Read/Write permissions, then that user can delete files from the Grid member wherever that FTP user is connected. Only files can be deleted but not directories.

  1. From the Data Management tab, select the File Distribution tab -> Files tab.
  2. Grid Manager displays the files and folders in the Root directory. Click the directory link to see the files in a specific directory.
  3. If "No" appears in the Synchronized with Grid Master column, select the check box, then click the Delete icon.

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