Hot Folders enable you to monitor selected (and configured) folders for changes and automatically transfer new or modified files. Hot folders can be used for one-way replication between two locations or simply as a way of forwarding files in your workflow. Hot Folders feature uses the Aspera Sync service, which runs in the background.
To set up a Hot Folders, launch the program with admin privileges. In the file browser, go to the folder you wish to set up as the Hot Folder. Right-click the panel and select New > Hot Folder to bring up the New Hot Folder dialog. You can also launch it from File > New > Hot Folder.
The New Hot Folder window includes the following configuration tabs:
|Hot Folder||Set the source, the destination, and the synchronization interval.|
|Transfer||Set the transfer speed and transfer policy.|
|Tracking||Turn on and configure email notifications for transfer start, completion and error.|
|Filters||Create filters to skip files that match certain patterns.|
|Security||Enable transfer encryption and content protection.|
|File Handling||Set up a resume rule, preserve transferred file attributes, and remove or move source files.|
The following tables describe the options available on each configuration tab.
|Name||The name of the Hot Folder. Use the default name or enter your own. The default name is the name of the Windows folder. Click Generate to restore the default name.|
|Source||Specify the source for the Hot Folder. If the source is This Computer, then the Hot Folder is in push mode.|
|Destination||Specify the destination for the Fot Folder. If the destination is This Computer, then the Hot Folder is in pull mode.|
|Send Changes||Select when to synchronize. The options depend on whether the Hot Folder is in push or
|Policy||Set the FASP transfer policy.
Note: If --policy is not set, ascp uses the server-side policy setting (fair by default).
|Speed||Select this option to specify the transfer rate.|
|Send Email Notifications||Select to enable email notifications and to display configuration options; however,
notifications are not sent until they are enabled (click
Preferences on the main screen of the
application). For more information, see Configuring Transfer Notifications.
Important: For Hot Folder email notifications to work, the GUI must remain open.
|When (not displayed until checkbox is enabled)||Select one or more events that trigger the notification (transfer start, completion, and error).|
|To (not displayed until checkbox is enabled)||Enter the email addresses of the recipients.|
|Template (not displayed until checkbox is enabled)||Select a notification template from the drop-down list. Add, delete, edit, and preview templates by clicking Manage Templates. For more information on configuring templates, see Configuring Transfer Notifications.|
|Message (not displayed until checkbox is enabled)||Include a custom message with the notification.|
Click Add and enter the filter pattern to use to exclude files or directories from the transfer. The exclude pattern is compared with the whole path, not just the file name or directory name. As shown below, the asterisk (*) can be used to represent zero to many characters in a string, for example *.tmp matches .tmp and abcde.tmp:
|Filter Pattern||Excludes these files|
|Encryption||Select Encrypt data in transit to encrypt files during transfer. Encryption may decrease performance, especially at higher transfer speeds and with slower computers.|
|Content Protection||Select if files will be encrypted or decrypted, depending on whether the Hot Folder is
in push or pull mode:
Push mode: Select Encrypt uploaded files with a password to encrypt the uploaded files with the specified password. The protected file has the extension .aspera-env appended to the file name.
Pull mode: Select Decrypt password-protected files downloaded to require entry of the decryption password when downloading encrypted files.
|Resume||Select Resume incomplete files to enable the resume feature.
Select the method of comparing files from the When checking files
for differences dropdown menu:
|File Attributes||Select one or more options to preserve the access time, modification time, or source access time of the transferred files.|
|Source Handling||Select Automatically delete source files after transfer to
delete the successfully-transferred files from the source. Select
Delete empty source subdirectories to also remove
Push mode: Select Automatically move uploaded source files to a directory after transfer and specify the location on the source machine to which they should be moved. Only a path to an existing location on the client can be specified.
Pull mode: Select Transfer source directory contents only to transfer only the contents of the directory and not the directory itself. If this option is enabled, for a source folder /folder1 containing file1 and file2 being pulled to the destination folder /destination, only file1 and file2 are transferred, not /folder1. If this option is not selected, the transfer produces /destination/folder1 (containing the two files) on the destination machine.