What Is Batch File Transfer Automation?


Technology keeps evolving to help us work smarter and faster instead of harder. Writing batch files to perform repetitive commands has been the go-to method of saving time and resources by putting available technology to work to transfer multiple files automatically.

However, the growing volume of file transfers, expanding compliancy policies and regulations and tightening security stances have converged to make batch files inefficient and insufficient to meet the demands of automated file transfer.

How can your business overcome the shortcomings of using batch files for file transfers? First, we’ll clarify what batch files are and why they are lacking and then we’ll provide the solution.

What Is Batch File Transfer?

At the heart of batch file transfer is the use of a batch file, which is a script file in DOS, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows that stores commands to be executed in sequential order. Instead of a human user manually entering each command individually, the user writes a series of commands in a single file and runs it.

Automation of File Transfers Using Batch Files

Batch files can be used to automate routine tasks such as transferring files from one location to another as long as the operating system recognizes the file type of the script and the commands written within it. Tools, such as WinSCP .NET assembly, can be used to create advanced batch file scripts to add additional processing to file transfers. Windows Task Scheduler can be used to call the WinSCP executable to run the script at a specific time. You must add a log parameter to turn on session logging to file.

Compared to single command line entry, batch files save execution time and lessen the probability of human error. However, there is still a large component of human interaction and probability of error because someone—a developer or other knowledgeable personnel—has to write the initial script…

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AND also has to be able to modify it if any of the elements or processing need changed…

AND has to remember to include commands for logging the session…

AND has to have the knowledge to decipher the log files to find and fix the problem if issues arise.

The simplification and automation of file transfers by using batch files isn’t sounding so simple and easy anymore, is it?

How to Use Managed File Transfer (MFT) for Batch File Transfer Automation

Fortunately, managed file transfer (MFT) technology was created specifically to automate file transfers. Using MFT software takes a lot of the heavy lifting off the user, avoiding errors and saving time. The following features are built into Thru’s MFT solution:

  • A no-code user interface allows users, which can now include non-technical personnel, to fill in the blanks for configuration instead of writing code. Set up connections and then test with a click of a button.
  • Workflow subscriptions enable many-to-many file transfers using one workflow and multiple endpoints.
  • Robust functionality resides in one app. You no longer need to rely on various tools to execute automated file transfer specifics such as file renaming, scheduling, compression and retention.
  • Full visibility of file and user activity is provided by easy-to-read activity tracking screen, notifications, alerts and audit log.
  • Multifactor authentication and end-to-end encryption ensure security of the files in transit and at rest.

Stop Using Batch Files to Automate File Transfers

Reap the benefits of using the correct tool to transfer files. Thru’s managed file transfer solution is deployed in the cloud and ready for your organization to use. Our web-based interface accessible by any browser gives secure access to automate file transfers within your organization or externally to partners, customers or others. Our detailed dashboards for monitoring and tracking help your business achieve and maintain compliancy to corporate governance policies and industry regulations.

So what are you waiting for? Visit our file transfer automation page for more information about the automation capabilities of Thru’s MFT solution or use the form below to contact us with any questions.




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