Microsoft® File Transfer Manager
A "transfer" is a download or upload that you have
initiated with a Microsoft program's web site using File Transfer Manager (FTM).
A transfer can consist of one or more files depending on how the Microsoft
Program (from where you initiated the transfer) has packaged it. All the
transfers that you have initiated from your computer and which have not yet
been completed or cancelled will appear in the Current Transfers window.
After you initiate a transfer and confirm, the transfer
will appear in the Current Transfers window. �FTM will determine
if it can start the transfer immediately and if so it will begin the transfer and
the status will be set to Active. If the transfer cannot be started immediately
then it will be put in Queued status. FTM will process queued transfers from the
list (top to bottom order) as and when a slot opens up in the active transfer
pool. See Concurrent
Transfers for an explanation on how FTM maintains the number of
Occasionally a transfer can get interrupted due to network
conditions. FTM provides the ability to restart such transfers and the transfer
is resumed from the point of interruption. You can resume transfers later on as
explained below under Operations
you can perform on a selected transfer.
After a transfer is completed, its status changes
accordingly. The next time you start up FTM, the transfer will not appear in Current
Transfers (but it will be in the History list)
You can change the order of transfers in Current
Transfers list by using Up and Down arrows on the right hand side of
Operations that you can perform on a selected
You can select a transfer from Current Transfers
list by clicking it.
Suspend/Resume: When you select a transfer in Current
Transfers, this button will show-up as Suspend (if the
selected transfer is active) or Resume (if the selected transfer
is not active). You can suspend an active transfer or resume a transfer that is
not active by clicking this button.� When a transfer is suspended you can close
the FTM client, launch
it at a later time, and resume the transfer from the point at which is was
Cancel: If you select a transfer in Current
Transfers and click Cancel button, then it will
cancel the selected transfer. Any files transferred as part of this transfer
will be lost. The next time you start up FTM the transfer will not appear in Current
Transfers (but will be in the History list)
Cancel All: If you click Cancel All
button it will cancel all the transfers in Current Transfers
window. Any files transferred as part of these transfers will be lost. The next
time you start up FTM the transfers will not appear in Current Transfers
(but it will be in the History
Selected Item Information
If you select a transfer in Current Transfers,
information such as progress and statistics corresponding to the selected
transfer will be displayed in this part. Please note that the Time
Remaining and Transfer Rate can vary dynamically
depending on network conditions.
This dialog allows you to set a number of configuration
values that can influence your transfer experience.
Files received will be placed in this folder: If you specify a location here,
then this will appear as the default download location and you will not be
prompted to select a location for each download.
Language Preference: The default language of FTM user
interface is English. You can choose a different language for FTM user interface
from the drop down list provided in User Locale. After you have
chosen the language and click OK, FTM will download the required
language resource from FTM web site if necessary. This language resource is
very small in size. FTM will not download the language resource if one is
already present on your computer and is up-to-date. Display in new language
will take effect the next time you start FTM.
From time to time, there may be updated versions of the
language resources available on FTM web site. If you would like your locally
stored language resources to be automatically updated then leave Download
updates automatically checked.
Application Startup: Checking Place application
shortcut on the desktop and clicking OK will create a shortcut
to FTM on your desk top. If you don't already have a shortcut for FTM on your
desktop then we recommend that you do this. This will help you to launch FTM to
resume any interrupted transfers without having to visit a web site.
Settings:You can configure the below
settings that can influence how FTM communicates with the server.
Maximum Retries and Retry Delay: FTM performs retries when it
encounters certain types of network errors during transfers. The default Maximum
Retries is five and Retry Delay is three seconds. These
values can be changed if needed.
Request Timeout indicates how long FTM will wait for server side response
before timing out. Default is set to 20 seconds and you can change it if needed.
Firewall / Proxy Server Authentication: If you have a firewall or proxy
server that requires explicit authentication before communicating with external
sites then you can set the credentials that FTM should use for this purpose. To
do so, first check the Use Firewall and then enter credentials in
Proxy User Account and Proxy User Password fields.
Protocol available to transfer files: FTM can perform transfers over
both HTTP and HTTPS. While transferring over HTTP, FTM encrypts the data. While
transferring over HTTPS, there will be double encryption: one performed by FTM
and another provided by SSL.
You can enforce a specific protocol as below if you choose
to. Changes will take effect for the new transfers that you initiate.
Leave both HTTP
and HTTPS checked (this is the default). In this case the
protocol will be determined by server side settings.
checked and uncheck HTTPS: FTM will transfer files over HTTP
checked and uncheck HTTP: FTM will transfer files over HTTPS.�
This configuration is helpful for situations where proxy or firewall settings
do not allow FTM HTTP custom headers to pass through.
Concurrent Transfers: Maximum Concurrent
Transfers indicates how many transfers can be actively processed by FTM
at the same time. You can increase it up to four.
Please refer to How
does FTM maintain pool of active transfers for an explanation on how
FTM uses this setting.�
Download Acceleration: Download acceleration facilitates
optimum use of your network bandwidth by overcoming network latency. Please
for details about this feature and which transfers qualify for acceleration.
Even though most users want to
make the best use of their bandwidth through download acceleration, there may
be scenarios where users are sharing bandwidth and thus want to a set a limit
on the amount of bandwidth used by download acceleration. Following three
options are available:
No Speed Limit:� This is the default. Under this setting, FTM will try
to make the most of your available bandwidth (within any constraints that may
exist on server side)
Limit Speed to xx KB/s: You can set this limit when you
want FTM to keep bandwidth consumption by download acceleration on your computer
within this limit. This could be useful when you are sharing the network
bandwidth with other users and want to limit your consumption. The unit is in
Kilobytes per Second and you can set a value in the range of 10-5,000.
For this setting to be meaningful, the value needs to be
less than your total network bandwidth. You may either need to look up the
documentation from your network provider or consult your network administrator
to find out an appropriate value.
No Acceleration: This will disable download acceleration. File transfer
will still happen, but it will be done without acceleration.
Any changes to download acceleration settings will take
affect when the transfers are resumed next time.
Completed and cancelled transfers will show up in history list.
You can click on any transfer from the list that is displayed and information
about that transfer such as the date when it was moved to history and the status
will be shown under Selected Item Information.
This history is stored on your local computer. You can
periodically delete that information by clicking Clear Log