File Server / File Management

You must configure FTP and/or TFTP file servers to push and pull configuration files to and from devices, or to deploy firmware updates. With this portlet you can enable file servers you have configured.

Columns in this manager identify the server, and describe whether it is enabled, and has TFTP enabled. Right clicking a file server, or the empty list space lets you do the following:

New -- Displays the File Server Editor screen.

Edit -- Displays the selected File Server in the File Server Editor screen.

Disable -- Disables the selected file server. When file servers are disabled, they are not used in a Backup, Restore or Deploy operation. This too appears only for External File Servers.

Enable -- Activates the selected file server. Again, exposed for External file Servers only.

Test -- Tests the selected file server by sending and retrieving a file.

Delete -- Removes the selected file server from the list. This appears for External File Servers only.

Port conflicts prevent having an external file server and internal file server operate on the same machine.

File Permissions

Open Manage Network Manager automatically deletes any temporary file created as part of an FTP/TFTP interaction. If the directory you have selected for your server(s) does not have permissions needed to make these deletions, transactions still proceed. Open Manage Network Manager does print a warning saying the deletion failed, and the details panel suggests checking to make sure delete permissions exist in the relevant directory. Omitting such permissions causes no loss of functionality, but the server may fill up with the remnants of old transactions.

When you test a TFTP server on a Windows machine, you may see an error noting FTP umask / permissions of file on server are incorrect. This is an artifact of Windows permission structure, and may be safely ignored (it never hurts to test your TFTP server to be sure, though).