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How to use SmartFTP on Windows Server Core

Introduction

Due the Windows Server Core Limitations, the usage of SmartFTP on Window Server Core is limited to automated transfers. The following is a step-by-step tutorial on how to configure a scheduled task, export the application settings and data and finally, the deployment to the Windows Server Core system.

Setup SmartFTP on a full version of Windows

  1. Download and install SmartFTP
  2. Activate it with the product key
  3. Enable logging in the settings (Advanced dialog)
  4. Create a new connection (New Connection)
  5. Install the service in the settings (Scheduler dialog)
  6. Create a scheduled task
  7. Test

Export application settings and data

  1. Use regedit to export the HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SmartFTP registry key
  2. Copy the %appdata%\SmartFTP\Client 2.0 folder
  3. Go to the Scheduler pane and export the scheduled tasks
    Note: This can also be done in the Windows Task Scheduler

Deployment

  1. Install SmartFTP on the server
  2. Use regedit to import the exported .reg file.
  3. Copy the exported application data to the %appdata%\SmartFTP\Client 2.0 folder
  4. Start SmartFTP
  5. Install the service in the settings (Scheduler dialog)
  6. Go to the Scheduler pane and import the exported scheduled tasks.
    Note: This can also be done in the Windows Task Scheduler
    If you get the following error: "No mapping between account names and security IDs was done" the UserId inside the .xml file must be updated with the correct SID. To get a list of all SIDs, open a command prompt and run "wmic useraccount get name,sid".
  7. Test the scheduled task
    Manually run the task and monitor the log files in the %localappdata%\SmartFTP\Client 2.0\Log folder

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