Creating a Smart Transfer

IBM Aspera Console can be used to initiate transfers between nodes when the Console user has the permission to start transfers. Console provides two types of transfer methods: simple transfers and smart transfers. Simple transfers are one-time transfer sessions that require entering all transfer information. Smart transfers are reusable templates with saved transfer settings.
  1. To create a smart transfer template, go to Transfer > New Smart Transfer.


  2. Enter a transfer name.
  3. Optional: Select Share this smart transfer to share this smart transfer with any user who has permissions for the transfer paths.
    For more information on sharing smart transfers, see Sharing a Smart Transfer.
  4. Optional: Select Allow changes to transfer settings at submit time to allow the user who starts this smart transfer to change settings before submitting the transfer request.
  5. Optional: Add new tags or modify existing tags.
    Click the button to add a new tag. Enter the tag name and the tag value. Click the button to delete an existing tag. Select the button to prevent a user from changing or deleting the locked tag when starting this transfer. For more information about tags, see Working with Tags.

The highlighted box in the Smart Transfer Diagram indicates whether you are configuring the Source or Destination for the smart transfer. Make sure Source is selected.

  1. Select the source node or saved endpoint from the Connect drop-down menu.
    • Node: A node appears as an entry with only the node name and IP address. A node does not have associated user credentials and prompts you to enter the login for an SSH user on the node and to authenticate by using either a password or an SSH key.
    • Endpoint: A saved endpoint is associated with an SSH user and either a password or an SSH key. Selecting a saved endpoint does not prompt you for credentials.
  2. Choose your Source directory.
    Click Choose Source Directory to browse the node for the directories and files you want to transfer. Console displays the source path you choose once you have chosen your source directory.
    Note: When browsing the node, you can narrow your search by applying a filter. When specifying a filter, the asterisk (*) is not a wildcard. Any string you enter as a filter is treated as a "search within". In other words, the string "foo" matches "123foo", "foo456", and "123foo456".
  3. Select Specify base for source path(s) to place the transferred files directly into the destination folder without its hierarchy of directories. The specified base for the source path is removed from the source path when transferring directories.
    For example, if the source path is /shared_files/projects/presentation, a successful transfer results in the folder destination_folder/shared_files/projects/presentation on the destination node. A successful transfer with "/shared_files/projects" specified as the base path results in the folder destination_folder/presentation on the destination node.
    For more information on specifying a base path, see Specify Base for Source Path.
  4. Select one of the following file-transfer rules from the Items to transfer drop-down list:
    • Always transfer the entire directory: The transfer always transfers all files in the source directory.
    • Allow initiator to select items when starting manually: The user starting this smart transfer can choose the items in the directory included in the transfer.
  5. Expand the settings under More Options to configure addition settings.
    Section Description
    Connection Configure fasp settings.
    Transfer Configure transfer rates and policies.
    Security Encrypt the transfer.
    File Handling Configure source file attributes, archive source files after transfer, and set filters for source files.
    Notifications Configure email notification options. For more information on email notifications, see Configuring Email Notifications.
    Advanced Configure transfer initiator, fasp MTU, and read and write block sizes on source and destination nodes.
    Transfer Time Schedule your transfer to run Now or Later. If you choose Later, click the button and choose the date and time you want the transfer to run.

    For more information on these options, see Smart Transfer Options.

The highlighted box in the Smart Transfer Diagram indicates whether you are configuring the Source or Destination for the smart transfer. Make sure a Destination is selected. You can create additional destination endpoints by clicking the button. To remove a destination, click the button inside the destination box.

  1. Select the destination node or saved endpoint from the Connect drop-down menu.
    • Node: A node appears as an entry with only the node name and IP address. A node does not have associated user credentials and prompts you to enter the login for an SSH user on the node and to authenticate by using either a password or an SSH key.
    • Endpoint: A saved endpoint is associated with an SSH user and either a password or an SSH key. Selecting a saved endpoint does not prompt you for credentials.
  2. Select your Destination directory.
    Click Choose Destination Directory to browse the node for the directories and files you want to transfer. Console displays the source path you choose once you have chosen your source directory.
    Note: When browsing the node, you can narrow your search by applying a filter. When specifying a filter, the asterisk (*) is not a wildcard. Any string you enter as a filter is treated as a "search within". In other words, the string "foo" matches "123foo", "foo456", and "123foo456".
  3. Optional: Allow the user starting this smart transfer to change the directory on this destination node. The Change Destination Path button appears for a destination with this option enabled.
  4. Optional: Allow the user starting this smart transfer to remove this destination node. The button appears for a destination with this option enabled.
  5. Optional: Configure additional settings for this individual destination node.
    Note: This option is only available for a smart transfer with multiple destination nodes.
    Select Set transfer options individually for this destination. The More Options appears at the bottom of the page.
    Section Description
    Connection Configure fasp settings.
    Transfer Configure transfer rates and policies.
    Security Encrypt the transfer.
    File Handling Configure source file attributes, archive source files after transfer, and set filters for source files.
    Notifications Configure email notification options. For more information on email notifications, see Configuring Email Notifications.
    Advanced Configure transfer initiator, fasp MTU, and read and write block sizes on source and destination nodes.
    For information on these options, see Smart Transfer Options.
  6. Click Save.
Once a smart transfer template has been saved, it is accessible from the Transfer page. Go to Transfer to start, edit, copy, and delete existing smart transfers.