Windows File Transfers suck, let’s face it. I would have hoped that by now Windows would have above average file transfer capabilty built in by default – but NO, they choose to have Movie Maker instead
Chuck, what are you talking about? Let me explain. Take a 500 meg file and copy it across a local or wide area network to another windows machine (using either a mapped drive or unc path). While the transfer is occuring do something stupid (yank the ethernet cable, disable the nic, boot the switch or router, restart the machine on the other end, etc.). You’ll clearly watch your file transfer take a dump (literally). Microsoft could help low lives like myself who sit at home and ponder thoughts like this with a little extra effort. I’m not quite sure if Vista resolves this issue but I’m not giving into Windows Vista just yet so it’ll be sometime before I see that functionality. If any of you out there are using Vista, I’d love to here if this works for you? (that is without Total Copy – and from what I can see, this version is not available for Vista – so you might have to gopher for something else). My logic for using Total Copy was just for simplicity sake not to promote their product, but heck I’m going to use it on all my machines
Anyhow, go ahead and undo what you did above (put back the cable, enable the network card, etc.). Make sure you have a connection between the 2 windows machines. Map your drive or do a unc path and then install this a little app named Total Copy (currently at 1.10 official release). Now, that you have it installed right click and drag the 500 meg file from your pc to that remote machine and select the “Total Copy” option. Go ahead, don’t be scared. Yank the cable! Down the interface – do as you please. Wait until the thing chokes and you’ll receive a menu from Total Copy stating that it sensed something bad happen. Options include:
Retry every 20 seconds
blah blah blah…
Ok, now wait a little while. Go grab a nice cold Dew crack it open and take a nice swig. Re-enable the network card or undo whatever you did in the step above. Once you’ve re-established connectivity hit the manual retry. In my case I was asked if I want to overwite the file, copy rest…etc. I chose Copy rest. Low and behold a little while later – the file copied (without the need to start from scratch and without the senseless worrying you’d do if you were uncertain that the link between the 2 machines would remain up for the duration!). Such a stupid little thing that can make such a HUGE (Absolutely Enormous) difference to us IT people. Total Copy is only 252KB in size!!! So, why can’t Microsoft put this functionality in their OS (they’ve got MovieMaker) ? I know tons of Sysadmin’s who would be real appreciative (including myself). The OS used for this example is Windows XP Professional SP 2.
In today’s world, files are enormous and you don’t want to spend extra time re-sending them (only for the potential failure to reoccur). Yeah, I know, I could use ftp, sftp, etc. but I still wouldn’t mind having the SMB option available to me. Heck sometimes ya just want to use what comes from the factory!!!
Anyhow, just my 2 cents.. Hope it helps someone out there in the digital world.