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January 6, 2022

Moving data from lab computers

A while ago we received a request from a customer to move data from lab computers. Some of those lab computers were XP and could not be upgraded. The idea was to work with scripts on the lab computers which would trigger the moving of data.

Develop a script that would be installed on each of the instrument computers. The script will be used to move the data from the lab computers to a server. Once the measurement is completed, the script will be activated by the user and the file transfer should start.

We proposed the following to the customer:

1. Create a simple command (cmd) file on each lab computer that when activated would create a ‘dummy’ file in a shared folder (i.e. transfer.txt )

Limagito File Mover moving data from lab computers
2. Put this command file on the desktop (or a shortcut) of the lab computer
3. Run this command also when the user logs off ( https://www.tek-tips.com/viewthread.cfm?qid=606106 )
4. The File Mover, installed on a central server, would check if this ‘dummy’ file exists and in case it does, will move the files to the server (and also delete the dummy file).
The advantage is that you can use a recent version of our File Mover and also the effort you need to spend on XP is very little.
They agreed and we installed our Limagito File Mover on their Windows 2019 server.  We are scanning all their lab computers for this ‘transfer.txt’ file. It it exists, then we move the data from the lab computer to a storage server. A very important part was logging and that is why we enabled full debug mode history logging. The dummy ‘transfer.txt’ file is deleted after a successful move of all data,

Update 15/01/2022

The customer created a command file (transfer.cmd) with the following content. This command file is installed on all their lab computers and will create a dummy transfer.txt file in the C:\Data folder.

********************************
@ECHO OFF
C:
CD\
CLS
 
:MENU
CLS
 
ECHO ============= Choose to move Data to server! =============
ECHO ============= Your Experment muts be complete! =============
ECHO ============= If not complete press 2 now! =============
ECHO -------------------------------------
ECHO 1.  Move of Lab Data to Server
ECHO 2.  Do nothing and exit
ECHO -------------------------------------
ECHO ==========PRESS 'Q' TO QUIT==========
ECHO.
 
SET INPUT=
SET /P INPUT=Please select a number:
 
IF /I '%INPUT%'=='1' GOTO Selection1
IF /I '%INPUT%'=='2' GOTO Quit
IF /I '%INPUT%'=='Q' GOTO Quit
 
CLS
 
ECHO ============INVALID INPUT============
ECHO -------------------------------------
ECHO Please select a number from the Main
echo Menu [1-2] or select 'Q' to quit.
ECHO -------------------------------------
ECHO ======PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE======
 
PAUSE > NUL
GOTO MENU
 
:Selection1
 
@echo **The Lab Data is scheduled to move to the server**
:input
echo > "c:\xladata\transfer.txt"
ECHO ==============THANKYOU===============
ECHO -------------------------------------
ECHO ======PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE======
 
PAUSE>NUL
EXIT
 
 
@ set INPUT=
@ set  /P INPUT=Type input: %=%
if "%INPUT%"=="" goto input
:exit
CLS
 
ECHO ==============THANKYOU===============
ECHO -------------------------------------
ECHO ======PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE======
 
PAUSE>NUL
EXIT
 
:Selection2
 
:Quit
CLS
 
ECHO ==============THANKYOU===============
ECHO -------------------------------------
ECHO ======PRESS ANY KEY TO CONTINUE======
 
PAUSE>NUL
EXIT

 

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Best regards,

Limagito Team

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