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Suggestions welcome for file transfer problem

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Charles Lavin, Jan 29, 2010.

  1. Charles Lavin

    Charles Lavin Flightless Bird

    Hi --

    I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that needs
    to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2 (or Server
    2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a simple T1 for data
    communications; I'm not sure exactly what is connecting the Central American
    office, but I know we have stability issues with it.

    The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server 2003 box
    in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost never succeeds.

    I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what would
    be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that won't hog
    bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after network
    connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only whatever
    programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?

    Any suggestions would be welcome.

    Thanks,
    CL
     
  2. Merv Porter [SBS-MVP]

    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP] Flightless Bird

    Can the user create his "files"on a workstation at the Miami office using
    RWW and a remote session? Less bandwidth needed and reconnects
    automagically if the connection is dropped.

    --
    Merv Porter [SBS-MVP]
    ============================

    "Charles Lavin" <x@x.x> wrote in message
    news:-OyecpxSoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Hi --
    >
    > I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that
    > needs to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2 (or
    > Server 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a simple T1 for
    > data communications; I'm not sure exactly what is connecting the Central
    > American office, but I know we have stability issues with it.
    >
    > The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server 2003 box
    > in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost never succeeds.
    >
    > I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what would
    > be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that won't hog
    > bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after network
    > connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only whatever
    > programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >
    > Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > CL
    >
    >
     
  3. Russ SBITS.Biz [SBS-MVP]

    Russ SBITS.Biz [SBS-MVP] Flightless Bird

    Would "YouSendit.com"
    Work for you?

    Russ

    --
    Russell Grover - SBITS.Biz [SBS-MVP]
    Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist
    24hr SBS Remote Support - http://www.SBITS.Biz
    Microsoft Online Services - http://www.microsoft-online-services.com


    "Charles Lavin" <x@x.x> wrote in message
    news:-OyecpxSoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Hi --
    >
    > I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that
    > needs to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2 (or
    > Server 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a simple T1 for
    > data communications; I'm not sure exactly what is connecting the Central
    > American office, but I know we have stability issues with it.
    >
    > The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server 2003 box
    > in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost never succeeds.
    >
    > I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what would
    > be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that won't hog
    > bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after network
    > connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only whatever
    > programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >
    > Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > CL
    >
    >
     
  4. Jack [MVP-Networking]

    Jack [MVP-Networking] Flightless Bird

    Hi
    I would look to an in-between help. I.e.. a service that will help you to
    upload from the source to the service's Server, and then the Miami office
    will download from the service.
    These type of services have better paths and connections to the Internet,
    and it might bypass what ever bottle neck is on the regular lines used by
    you.
    Jack (MS, MVP-Networking).

    "Charles Lavin" <x@x.x> wrote in message
    news:-OyecpxSoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Hi --
    >
    > I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that
    > needs to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2 (or
    > Server 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a simple T1 for
    > data communications; I'm not sure exactly what is connecting the Central
    > American office, but I know we have stability issues with it.
    >
    > The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server 2003 box
    > in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost never succeeds.
    >
    > I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what would
    > be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that won't hog
    > bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after network
    > connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only whatever
    > programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >
    > Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > CL
    >
    >
     
  5. Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP]

    Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP] Flightless Bird

    Or, since we don't know where the connection breaks down, can user upload
    to a cloud, such as MS Sky Drive, then the Miami user download from there?

    The docs on Groove claim it works for slow speed connections. Might be easier
    if the files did not change in their entirity every night, as it syncs only
    the changes.

    http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/groove/HA101680011033.aspx


    -
    Larry
    Please post the resolution to your
    issue so others may benefit
    -
    Get Your SBS Health Check at
    www.sbsbpa.com


    > Can the user create his "files"on a workstation at the Miami office
    > using RWW and a remote session? Less bandwidth needed and reconnects
    > automagically if the connection is dropped.
    >
    > "Charles Lavin" <x@x.x> wrote in message
    > news:-OyecpxSoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    >> Hi --
    >>
    >> I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that
    >> needs to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2
    >> (or Server 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a
    >> simple T1 for data communications; I'm not sure exactly what is
    >> connecting the Central American office, but I know we have stability
    >> issues with it.
    >>
    >> The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server
    >> 2003 box in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost
    >> never succeeds.
    >>
    >> I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what
    >> would be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that
    >> won't hog bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after
    >> network connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only
    >> whatever programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >>
    >> Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> CL
     
  6. Greg Russell

    Greg Russell Flightless Bird

    In news:-OyecpxSoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl,
    Charles Lavin <x@x.x> typed:

    ....
    > The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server
    > 2003 box in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost
    > never succeeds.
    >
    > I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what
    > would be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that
    > won't hog bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after
    > network connectivity problems, etc.? ...


    http://wput.sourceforge.net/ is your friend, as it can limit bandwidth,
    resume broken uploads if the ftp server supports it too, and retry on
    network breaks any number of times you specify.

    You can peruse the manual at http://wput.sourceforge.net/wput.1.html to see
    that it will accomplish everything that you asked for.
     
  7. Charles Lavin

    Charles Lavin Flightless Bird

    No. These files are part of a local application and are being backed up to
    the Miami office.

    "Merv Porter [SBS-MVP]" <mwport@no_spam_hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:%23M%23cT8SoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Can the user create his "files"on a workstation at the Miami office using
    > RWW and a remote session? Less bandwidth needed and reconnects
    > automagically if the connection is dropped.
    >
    > --
    > Merv Porter [SBS-MVP]
    > ============================
    >
    > "Charles Lavin" <x@x.x> wrote in message
    > news:-OyecpxSoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi --
    >>
    >> I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that
    >> needs to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2 (or
    >> Server 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a simple T1 for
    >> data communications; I'm not sure exactly what is connecting the Central
    >> American office, but I know we have stability issues with it.
    >>
    >> The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server 2003
    >> box in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost never
    >> succeeds.
    >>
    >> I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what
    >> would be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that won't
    >> hog bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after network
    >> connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only whatever
    >> programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >>
    >> Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> CL
    >>
    >>
     
  8. Charles Lavin

    Charles Lavin Flightless Bird

    We tried uploading them to an intermediary location and then downloading
    them from there. But the upload process doesn't work much better, it
    requires more manpower (now I need someone to upload the fileset, and
    someone else to download the fileset), and it requires me to keep someone in
    Miami well after their normal working hours (since the branch office is one
    to two hours behind the Miami office, and the files originate from there
    upon their closing). The files need to be in Miami so that they can be
    worked on overnight (by the app in the Miami office) and the Miami staff can
    have their necessary reports when they come in in the morning. I can't have
    someone downloading the file in the morning and then running all the
    analyses and reports, because the local staff would have nothing to work on
    until close to lunchtime.


    "Larry Struckmeyer[SBS-MVP]" <lstruckmeyer@mis-wizards.com> wrote in message
    news:4e68351599088cc6f1e500e2c0c@news.microsoft.com...
    > Or, since we don't know where the connection breaks down, can user upload
    > to a cloud, such as MS Sky Drive, then the Miami user download from there?
    >
    > The docs on Groove claim it works for slow speed connections. Might be
    > easier if the files did not change in their entirity every night, as it
    > syncs only the changes.
    >
    > http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/groove/HA101680011033.aspx
    >
    >
    > -
    > Larry
    > Please post the resolution to your
    > issue so others may benefit
    > -
    > Get Your SBS Health Check at
    > www.sbsbpa.com
    >
    >
    >> Can the user create his "files"on a workstation at the Miami office
    >> using RWW and a remote session? Less bandwidth needed and reconnects
    >> automagically if the connection is dropped.
    >>
    >> "Charles Lavin" <x@x.x> wrote in message
    >> news:-OyecpxSoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >>> Hi --
    >>>
    >>> I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that
    >>> needs to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2
    >>> (or Server 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a
    >>> simple T1 for data communications; I'm not sure exactly what is
    >>> connecting the Central American office, but I know we have stability
    >>> issues with it.
    >>>
    >>> The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server
    >>> 2003 box in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost
    >>> never succeeds.
    >>>
    >>> I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what
    >>> would be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that
    >>> won't hog bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after
    >>> network connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only
    >>> whatever programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >>>
    >>> Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >>>
    >>> Thanks,
    >>> CL

    >
    >
     
  9. Charles Lavin

    Charles Lavin Flightless Bird

    No. See my previous post.

    I need a point-to-point solution. Even if it takes half of the night. As
    long as the files get there, and the process doesn't abort and call it a
    night, I'll be happy.


    "Russ SBITS.Biz [SBS-MVP]" <russ@REMOVETHIS.sbits.biz> wrote in message
    news:-OA3dy%23SoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Would "YouSendit.com"
    > Work for you?
    >
    > Russ
    >
    > --
    > Russell Grover - SBITS.Biz [SBS-MVP]
    > Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
    > Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist
    > 24hr SBS Remote Support - http://www.SBITS.Biz
    > Microsoft Online Services - http://www.microsoft-online-services.com
    >
    >
    > "Charles Lavin" <x@x.x> wrote in message
    > news:-OyecpxSoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Hi --
    >>
    >> I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that
    >> needs to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2 (or
    >> Server 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a simple T1 for
    >> data communications; I'm not sure exactly what is connecting the Central
    >> American office, but I know we have stability issues with it.
    >>
    >> The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server 2003
    >> box in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost never
    >> succeeds.
    >>
    >> I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what
    >> would be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that won't
    >> hog bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after network
    >> connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only whatever
    >> programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >>
    >> Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> CL
    >>
    >>
     
  10. Charles Lavin

    Charles Lavin Flightless Bird

    Now we're getting somewhere ...

    Thanks for the link!


    "Greg Russell" <grussell@invalid.org> wrote in message
    news:7sh8cvFtujU1@mid.individual.net...
    > In news:-OyecpxSoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl,
    > Charles Lavin <x@x.x> typed:
    >
    > ...
    >> The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server
    >> 2003 box in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost
    >> never succeeds.
    >>
    >> I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what
    >> would be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that
    >> won't hog bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after
    >> network connectivity problems, etc.? ...

    >
    > http://wput.sourceforge.net/ is your friend, as it can limit bandwidth,
    > resume broken uploads if the ftp server supports it too, and retry on
    > network breaks any number of times you specify.
    >
    > You can peruse the manual at http://wput.sourceforge.net/wput.1.html to
    > see
    > that it will accomplish everything that you asked for.
    >
    >
     
  11. Andrew E.

    Andrew E. Flightless Bird

    You should look into "microsoft exchange server".

    "Charles Lavin" wrote:

    > Hi --
    >
    > I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that needs
    > to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2 (or Server
    > 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a simple T1 for data
    > communications; I'm not sure exactly what is connecting the Central American
    > office, but I know we have stability issues with it.
    >
    > The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server 2003 box
    > in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost never succeeds.
    >
    > I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what would
    > be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that won't hog
    > bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after network
    > connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only whatever
    > programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >
    > Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > CL
    >
    >
    > .
    >
     
  12. Leythos

    Leythos Flightless Bird

    In article <OyecpxSoKHA.1552@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl>, x@x.x says...
    >
    > Hi --
    >
    > I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that needs
    > to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2 (or Server
    > 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a simple T1 for data
    > communications; I'm not sure exactly what is connecting the Central American
    > office, but I know we have stability issues with it.
    >
    > The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server 2003 box
    > in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost never succeeds.
    >
    > I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what would
    > be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that won't hog
    > bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after network
    > connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only whatever
    > programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >
    > Any suggestions would be welcome.


    Install a Windows XP box in your DMZ, install FileZilla FTP Server on
    it, have your CA office use FileZilla FTP client and batch upload the
    files.

    --
    You can't trust your best friends, your five senses, only the little
    voice inside you that most civilians don't even hear -- Listen to that.
    Trust yourself.
    spam999free@rrohio.com (remove 999 for proper email address)
     
  13. Al Williams

    Al Williams Flightless Bird

    Robocopy's restartable mode (/Z) works well if the connection is unreliable.
    It does slow the copy down though.

    --
    Allan Williams




    Charles Lavin wrote:
    > Hi --
    >
    > I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that
    > needs to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2
    > (or Server 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a
    > simple T1 for data communications; I'm not sure exactly what is
    > connecting the Central American office, but I know we have stability
    > issues with it.
    > The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server
    > 2003 box in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost
    > never succeeds.
    > I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what
    > would be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that
    > won't hog bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after
    > network connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only
    > whatever programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >
    > Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > CL
     
  14. Al Williams

    Al Williams Flightless Bird

    Robocopy's restartable mode (/Z) works well if the connection is unreliable.
    It does slow the copy down though.

    (Sorry if this a repost, I've been having issues with Outlook Express and my
    posts haven't been showing up. This is a test with a new, more valid email
    address)

    --
    Allan Williams




    Charles Lavin wrote:
    > Hi --
    >
    > I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that
    > needs to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2
    > (or Server 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a
    > simple T1 for data communications; I'm not sure exactly what is
    > connecting the Central American office, but I know we have stability
    > issues with it.
    > The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server
    > 2003 box in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost
    > never succeeds.
    > I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what
    > would be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that
    > won't hog bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after
    > network connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only
    > whatever programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >
    > Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >
    > Thanks,
    > CL
     
  15. Russ SBITS.Biz [SBS-MVP]

    Russ SBITS.Biz [SBS-MVP] Flightless Bird

    I forgot about a program called SyncBack SE Pro that I think has a FTP auto
    Sync Feature between two sites that might do what he wants also
    Russ

    --
    Russell Grover - SBITS.Biz [SBS-MVP]
    Microsoft Gold Certified Partner
    Microsoft Certified Small Business Specialist
    24hr SBS Remote Support - www.SBITS.Biz
    Need A Second Opinion? www.PersonalITConsultant.com
    Free Trial Microsoft Online Services - www.Microsoft-Online-Services.com


    "Al Williams" <AMBW@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:#7RkiyOpKHA.3948@TK2MSFTNGP06.phx.gbl...
    > Robocopy's restartable mode (/Z) works well if the connection is
    > unreliable.
    > It does slow the copy down though.
    >
    > (Sorry if this a repost, I've been having issues with Outlook Express and
    > my
    > posts haven't been showing up. This is a test with a new, more valid
    > email
    > address)
    >
    > --
    > Allan Williams
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > Charles Lavin wrote:
    >> Hi --
    >>
    >> I have a Windows XP Pro PC (SP3) in an office in Central America that
    >> needs to send about 400 MB of files a day (night) to a SBS 2003 SP2
    >> (or Server 2003 R2 SP2) server in Miami. The Miami office has a
    >> simple T1 for data communications; I'm not sure exactly what is
    >> connecting the Central American office, but I know we have stability
    >> issues with it.
    >> The user down there has been trying to push this data to a Server
    >> 2003 box in Miami acting as an FTP server, but the transfer almost
    >> never succeeds.
    >> I can open a PPTP tunnel from that PC to the Miami network. But what
    >> would be the best way to get these files to Miami -- some way that
    >> won't hog bandwidth during the day, that could ideally restart after
    >> network connectivity problems, etc.? Can I leverage BITS? Using only
    >> whatever programs and commands are available on a Windows XP box?
    >>
    >> Any suggestions would be welcome.
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> CL

    >
    >
     

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