File Connector provides users with three different methods for transferring files for parser processing within File Connector:
- Manual file upload to File Connector
- Samba file transfer utility
- Secure FTP (SFTP) utility
The Settings page provides two file transfer utilities for configuration: Samba and SFTP.
Users must configure their own Samba and SFTP servers to store files for File Connector transfer.
Server Message Block (SMB) or Samba is a network protocol used by Windows-based computers to share files, printers, and serial ports on the same network. For more information on Samba, see the application's website: https://www.samba.org/.
Utilizing SMB allows a computer to access files from other computers connected to the same network by displaying disk drives on those machines like they were on the computer’s local drive.
Although SMB was initially only available for Windows, Samba runs on most Unix-like variant systems, including Linux, Solaris, AIX, BSD variants and Ubuntu. The application also runs on several other operating systems including OpenVMS, Apple's macOS Server and the latest macOS client.
Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) secures access and communication for file transfers. SFTP is operation system neutral.