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Upgrade to Diplomat Managed File Transfer v 8.0

Upgrade to Diplomat Managed File Transfer v 8.0


Coviant have released Diplomat Managed File Transfer v8.0. We’d recommend you upgrade as soon as possible to take advantage of the new features and fixes, which include:

Support for Windows Server 2016

  • When using search/move features for keys, partners or transactions, leaving the ‘containing phrase’ field blank displays an unfiltered list of objects. Enter ‘Accelerate’ into the ‘containing phrase’ field when All Fields is selected to identify any SFTP partners that have ‘Accelerate transfers’ selected.
  • Added Reset with accelerator CTRL-R to the top level menus for Public Keys, Key Pairs, SSL Certificates, Partners (Enterprise only) and Transactions.
  • Added accelerators for the Search/Move items of Partners (Enterprise only) and Transactions – CTRL-P and CTRL-T.
  • Added ability to add Integrity Protected Packets to PGP-encrypted files.

Standard and Enterprise only

  • Added initialisation error messages to server startup email going to IT Support email addresses.

Enterprise only

  • If in use, the SQL audit database is updated to add multiple columns to the JOB_AUDIT and JOB_AUDIT_ARCHIVE tables the first time the Diplomat Service is started after an upgrade to v8.0. No data conversion is done, but the SQL audit database can no longer be used by earlier versions of Diplomat MFT.
  • Added fields for API and FILE_MONITORING to SQL audit database to indicate how jobs were initiated.
  • Added ability to zip source files before transferring and unzip destination files after transferring.
  • Added support for shared folders in Citrix Sharefile partner profiles.
  • Added ability to start Diplomat Service in ‘safe startup mode’ with all transactions suspended. Right-click on the Transactions folder to unsuspend any transactions that were not suspended before the Diplomat Service restart.

Fixes

  • Changed scheduling so that previously defined ‘excluded days’ are not considered when the Recurrence Type is Weekly.
  • Corrected scheduling error that occurred when scheduling window spanned midnight. Jobs do not stop at midnight, but now run until the end of the scheduling window.
  • Fixed error in getting correct file modified date when using subfolders in the source file name field.
  • Ensure that SMB partner profiles that are defined with a non-blank Directory field can successfully overwrite destination files.
  • Corrected problem where attempts to create new sub-folders on FTP, FTPS and SFTP destinations were not occurring.
  • Corrected a problem where a Run Now dialog would not display the summary information at the end of the job if the associated transaction was saved while the job was running.
  • Corrected problem where a second job based on a transaction could start while an earlier job based on the transaction was still running.
  • If a left-nav item is selected and the user scrolls it so that it is not visible, the left nav will not scroll back to the selected left-nav item when the display refreshes.

You can download the installation files and related documentation at http://www.coviantsoftware.com/partner-portal.php. You will need your Coviant support username and password.

If have a maintenance contract and experience any difficulties upgrading, please submit a support ticket and one of our technical consultants will be in touch.

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Can cloud storage replace FTP?

Can cloud storage replace FTP?

Can cloud storage replace FTP? Cloud storage is often promoted as an FTP alternative, but can it be an effective, easy-to-implement replacement for existing FTP processes? CEO at Coviant Software Pam Reid (pictured) takes us through seven cloud storage offerings in this guest blog post.

Cloud storage can seem like a great alternative to an FTP server. It offers a tantalising list of benefits: No software to install, configure and manage. Cost savings from pay-as-you-go pricing. Built-in encryption at-rest. Guaranteed uptime. Automatic data replication.

Trouble creeps in when you consider how you and your trading partners are going to move files to and from the cloud. You may be willing to replace your existing FTP client-side software with a Managed File Transfer tool with direct API access to cloud storage sites, but your trading partners will probably want to use their existing FTP applications to upload and download files.

We researched seven cloud storage offerings to see how easily they could fit into existing FTP processes.

  • Not good choices for existing trading partners.
    Dropbox has announced that FTP access is not on the current feature roadmap. Box supports FTP transfers for Business and Enterprise accounts for bulk migration of data only and does not recommend using FTP as a primary access method.
  • Possible choice, but with some restrictions.
    Citrix ShareFile allows access with unsecured FTP and FTPS using implicit-only connections. ShareFile also imposes restrictions, like only eight simultaneous connections, no file renaming and performance limitations based on the number of commands performed per day.
  • Better choices, but with some complications.
    Amazon S3, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure offer SFTP access, but only with key authentication. Each trading partner would need software that supports SSH key authentication – which some FTP clients do not support. Then, they would need to create an SSH key pair, export the public key and send it to you. Then, you would attach the SSH key pair to the bucket or container that you would like the customer to use. With these sites, the set-up is complicated and some of your trading partners may need new software.
  • Best choice for least impact on existing trading partners.
    Oracle Cloud supports SFTP connectivity with usernames and passwords for authentication. Click here for simple instructions on how to set up secure SFTP user accounts on Oracle Cloud.

So if you decide to try cloud storage, your Managed File Transfer tool needs to support direct API connections to Amazon S3, Box, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure and Oracle Cloud for automated file transfers. This will make sure your trading partners are given a choice of how to access the files. Coviant Diplomat Managed File Transfer products support each of these and you can find out more about the software on the product page.


Pam Reid
CEO at Coviant Software

 

The information on the seven cloud storage offerings featured in this blog post is up-to-date at the time of publishing. You can find out more on the product websites. This is the latest in a series of guest blog posts from the leading vendors, highlighting how a file transfer solution can add value to your organisation.

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