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Retrieving Log Files on an Adtec Unit using Filezilla

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Posted: 24 Mar, 2014
by: Gedanken J.
Updated: 24 Mar, 2014
by: Gedanken J.

Retrieving Log Files on an Adtec Unit using Filezilla

Note: the following instructions outline using FileZilla for FTP transfers. You may use any FTP client you choose. We like and recommend FileZilla for FTP use. It is available at no cost via this link:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/filezilla/

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The first thing to do is connect to your Adtec unit. Please make sure the Adtec unit and your PC are on the same subnet, so FTP is possible.

The example below will be using Adtec’s default login data - please use your own data instead if you want to actively follow the tutorial.

 Hostname: 192.168.10.48
 Username: adtec
 Password: none

We will use the quickconnect bar for establishing the connection:

Enter the hostname into the quickconnect bar's Host: field, the username into the Username: field as well as the password into the Password: field. You may leave the Port: field blank for Adtec units.  Now click on Quickconnect.

FileZilla will now try to connect to the Adtec unit. If all works well, you will notice that the right "column" switched from Not connected to any server to displaying a list of files and directories.

Navigating and window layout

Legend: 1. Toolbar, 2. Quick connect bar, 3. Message log, 4. Local pane, 5. Remote pane, 6. Transfer queue (Full-size version)

The next step is to get familiar with FileZilla's window layout.

Here is a quick introduction: (Reference previous screenshot) Below the toolbar (1) and quick connect bar (2), the message log (3) displays transfer and connection related messages. Below, you can find the file listings. The left column (local pane, 4) displays the local files and directories, i.e. the stuff on the PC you're using FileZilla on. The right column (server pane, 5) displays the files and directories on the Adtec unit you are connected to. Both columns have a directory tree at the top and a detailed listing of the currently selected directory's contents at the bottom. You can easily navigate either of the trees and lists by clicking around like in any other file manager. At the bottom of the window, the transfer queue (6) lists the to-be-transferred and already transferred files.

Transferring log files to your PC

Now we will transfer the log file from the Adtec unit to your PC.  The “all” log is the current days log, with each previous days log properly date stamped.  Logs on the Adtec unit will be transferred to the /hd0/log directory, as seen in Window 5, as outlined above.  The left hand panel for the screen shot below is set to the Desktop of my PC.

Once both directories are correct, drag and drop the log files from your Adtec unit (Right Hand Side) to your PC (Left Hand Side).   

Once this process beings, the transfer queue (Window 6), as outlined above, will show the current transfer progress of your log files.  As log files are usually only a few hundred kilobytes, they will transfer quickly.

Note: If you don't like using drag-and-drop, you can also right click on files/directories (in the lower local pane) and select Upload to upload them - or simply double-click a file entry (this does not work for directories).

Using the site manager

Now that you are confident in transferring files (if not, practice a little bit), you might want to add the server information to the site manager to make it easy to reconnect to this server. To do this, select Copy current connection to Site Manager... in the File menu. The site manager will be opened and a new entry will be created with all the important information already filled in. You will notice that the entry's name is selected and highlighted - you can enter some descriptive name so you will later on find your server again (enter something like domain.com FTP server for example - you can rename it later if you wish). Now close the dialog by clicking on OK.

The next time you want to connect to this server, you can simply select it in the site manager and click Connect.

Conclusion

You should now be able to use the basic FileZilla features. One final remark: Most tasks can be completed in several ways. The ways chosen for this tutorial are the most clear ones - if you invest a bit of time and just look around or read some of the advanced documentation, you will find much quicker ways to achieve what you want (there are toolbar buttons for often-used commands for example; some also react on right-clicking them).

 

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