schedule filezilla or write a script to kick off the transfer

Hey experts,

We're presently using filezilla to handle transfer of an image data backup file (85GB) to one of our servers from the datacenter.  We're using filezilla because it seems that it works better than other programs in this scenario.

The drawback is that filezilla doesn't have functionality for scheduling the transfers.  Is there a workaround for this?  For example is there a program that will record us doing the task (i.e, logging in, kicking it off, etc) and allow us to schedule execution of that task?
DanNetwork EngineerAsked:
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Eoin RyanI.T. ContractorCommented:
have you tried the Command line FTP program in windows? this can be put in a batch and the batch scheduled to run.

you need a text file with the command you want to issue in the example it's "ftpcommands.txt"

the command to run it is:

ftp -i -s:ftpcommands.txt

this would need to be in a .bat file and the .bat file added to the windows scheduler.
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workgaCommented:
gfi backup, arcserve.  I am sure both of them would keep a log.
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lancecurwensvilleCommented:
Cobian Backup works beautifully with FileZilla FTP server.  Point it to directories and/or files you want to backup, tell it what type (full, incre, diff) encryption or not, state the days/times you want it done, tell it the address of your ftp server....works perfectly and gives you logs regarding when it runs and whether or not it was successful.  It stores the backup as an exact copy of the directory, no proprietary file extensions.

http://www.cobiansoft.com/cobianbackup.htm

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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I have not tried the cmd line FTP program.  
I have syncback, which is a paid verion and usually works ok, but for some reason, i've tried it multiple times and even contacted their support and they said that it's my FTP server disconnecting.

So then I decided to try Filezilla client, which works and actually worked fine to transfer the 85 GB file, it took 9 hours, but it worked.  is cobiansoft free?  I guess I can go check it out and try it, as my biggest issue is I want a free FTP program that has the scheduling feature and that works.
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AlexPaceCommented:
Robo-FTP was designed specifically to do unattended transfers and, like FileZilla, is able to resume an interrupted transfer which is important for a file that large.  The program is able to keep a "script log" that shows the results of all your scripting logic and also a "trace log" that shows the protocol-level conversation between the client and server.  Troubleshooting is easy when you open both logs and align the timestamps so you can see what exactly happened "on the wire" in response to each step of your script.
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lancecurwensvilleCommented:
cobian is not "free" nor open source (beyond version 8) however, there is only a donations page if you like it; there is no mention of a fee (that I can find) for its use.
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
how do You know that Cobian is not free, as it didn't ask me for a license or anything.
I searched the website and it doesn't say anything about cost or anything.

I am testing it now, if it doesn't work, then I'll test hte Robo-FTP next.
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
GFI backup is free for home use only, not commercial use.  Arcserve is  not free.
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lancecurwensvilleCommented:
Re:  cobian...

Sorry for the delay.  Cobian IS free, just not open-source.  Version 8 was the open-source version,  in version 9 and 10 the author made it closed source and accepts donation, but there is no charge.
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Cobian did not work, the FTP transfers are still failing.  

Any suggestions on how I can FTP an 85GB file?
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workgaCommented:
I don't know how Cobian works however I have noticed it has the option to split the file.
Did you try to use this feature in Cobian to make them into smaller files?; that way if there is an error on the file transfer the program online transmits the missed file.
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
I looked at the different options and I don't see any setting to split the file.
I don't really like cobian, so I was hoping there's another good FTP program out there?
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workgaCommented:
http://allwaysync.com/features.html
here's a cheap solution you might want to take a look at maybe it does what you need, they also have a free version you can try.
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DanNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks everyone for your suggestions, I tried all those programs and it's still not working, so I somehow have to continue looking for it.
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