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Hi there

I have created an FTP site on a server, ftp://server.domain.com

This site will be used by a test group of clients to download their Anti-virus DAT files, rather than connecting to the internet all the time.

However, I would like a way for my FTP site to automatically download these files from the vendor's FTP daily, rather than this being a manual process.

Does anyone know how I can go about doing this? I was thinking of some sort of script/ batch file.

Many thanks!
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by:SteveGTR
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Take a look at http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Server/Remote_Desktop-Terminal_Services/Q_22940155.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+autom+do+download+ftp

The comment by broeckske outlines this process. Post back if you need any additional help.
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by:kam_uk
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Thanks Steve for the quick answer.

Sorry, I am not much of a script man - so apologies if I am stating the obvious here, but just to confirm -

Say if the files I wanted to download were at

ftp://ftp.mcafee.com/pub/datfiles/english/dat.zip

and I wanted to download them to C:\McAfee downloads on my local machine, then the script would be:

---begin file ftp.txt ---

USER anonymous
cd pub/datfiles/english/
dat.zip
prompt n
mget *.*

--end file ftp.txt ---

with the second script being

---begin ftpdownload.bat ----
@echo off

cd c:\McAfee downloads

ftp -s:ftp.txt ftp.mcafee.com


--- end ftpdownload.bat ----

Thanks again dude.

Cheers
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SteveGTR earned 500 total points
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That looks almost correct. Here's a all in one file that should do the trick:
@echo off
 
setlocal
 
pushd "c:\McAfee downloads"
 
(echo USER)>_temp.txt
(echo anonymous)>>_temp.txt
(echo cd pub/datfiles/english)>>_temp.txt
(echo binary)>>_temp.txt
(echo prompt n)>>_temp.txt
(echo mget *.*)>>_temp.txt
 
ftp -s:_temp.txt ftp.mcafee.com
 
del _temp.txt
 
popd

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by:kam_uk
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Thanks!

Out of interest, what does the temp.txt file do?
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by:SteveGTR
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Standard FTP file:

username
password

The change directory command on the FTP server

Setting of binary mode for well binary information :)

I guess the prompt n suppresses prompts for automation purposes.

Finally, the mget *.* gets all files in the directory we changed to on the server.
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by:kam_uk
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and your 18 lines above replaces both files and should be set as a .bat file, or do I still need the ftp.txt (or temp.txt as you call it) file?
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by:SteveGTR
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One file, no need for a supplemental file as _temp.txt is dynamically created and then destroyed.
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by:kam_uk
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Excellent - many thanks mate!!
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