Let’s have a short discussion around the following:
Understanding how to recover from a forced reboot while using Microsoft File Transfer Manager (to download from TechNet or MSDN).
Recently I was downloading a large number of files in preparation for delivering a System Center class.
Since there was a large number of them and I was using the Microsoft File Transfer Manager, I decided to let it run overnight…
Smart thinking, bad choice.
I didn’t realize that later on in the evening patches were to be deployed to my laptop and a forced reboot would occur – thus killing my downloads.
No shortcut was created, no trace of how to continue the download(s) — nada!
Well through some online searching, I found out where the TransferMgr.exe resides, but it is not easy to find.
Launch Windows Explorer and goto:
%windir%\Downloaded Program Files\TransferMgr.exe
Double click on the Transfer.exe and thus your download(s) will continue.
If you find yourself using this utility often, it might make sense to create a shortcut on your desktop.
Microsoft – does it seriously need to be this difficult to find out? Really?
Oddly enough there is a website dedicated to Microsoft FTM
Overview of Microsoft File Transfer Manager (FTM)
FTM is a client-side application whose purpose is to provide secure and guaranteed delivery when downloading or uploading large files over the internet.
- Suspend/Resume capability allows users to:
Resume interrupted transfers
Pause and resume a file transfer as needed
- Multiple file transfers can be queued and prioritized
- Up to four transfer packages can be transferred concurrently to overcome the impact of network latency
- Built-in error checking and recovery from corruptions introduced in transport