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What is a simple signal mechanism from Client to Server

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I am developing a server application on Windows 2000 server, which uses FTP to download files (test results) from test stations running Windows 2000. The reason I wanted the Server to pull the file is because then the work station would not have to be automated to upload the file. I also understood it would be better security. The problem is that I do not want to disturb the work station while it is busy collecting data, because I am afraid of contention/timing problems. All I can think of right now is to have the work station send the server an email message, but there probably is a much better way. Hopefully it would be a very simple signal mechanism for the work station. Pardon my ignorance and thanks.
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by:jaffadan
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How ever you are going to do this will require you to install something on the workstation.  You could install iis/ or personal iis on each workstation.  You then write a simple asp page that responds if it is ready to be polled.  This would be a great way since you do not have to do anything to the workstations buy have microsoft code on them.
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jaffadan
This sounds good, but what do you mean by "ready to be polled?" again pardon my ignorance
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Well since i do not know how to tell when one of you test workstation is ready to send data, i can only give you the answer that i think you need.  

But lets say that you are running some sort of test that generates a file when it is done.  Make the asp page check for that file.  
Then when the server calls that paticular machine it will see a page that says true or false.
Then the server would know to pull the file down.

<% code to see if the page is there or not %><%=result%>
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by:wsfindlater
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OK, jaffadan I understand what you are saying now.
If anyone else has an alternative idea please contact me at ray01@spamex.com.
Thanks,
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