It has to be said that Microsoft SharePoint is not everybody's cup-of-tea. But, with Microsoft dominating the office productivity landscape via it very popular Office 365 subscription service, it is probably the most common document library software in use. And with that said, we find that IT teams are often asking us about how they can bring SharePoint into their automated Managed File Transfer (MFT) workflows.
It's fair to say that Monday's are not usually the favourite day of the week for most people. However, on this particular Monday we were able to help a customer with an operational problem which was really causing headaches. High off the endorphins of our success, we thought we would share our work in this blog; and show you, how you can automate the merging of PDF files, using MOVEit Automation.
Generally the larger our systems get, the more of an administrative burden they become. More user accounts need creating for access; permissions and controls need to be set correctly for security purposes; and something or someone needs to keep a track of the changes taking place.
If you are keen follower of our blog, you will have noted that in May 2020, we saw the release of the first MOVEit edition under the Progress banner. If you are not a keen follower...why on earth not?!
It has been quite a long wait since the last release of MOVEit in 2019 - six months to be exact. We can only speculate that there has been some integration to do between Progress and Ipswitch, since the acquisition last year which may have delayed things.
You may have noticed that this is our second blog post on the different configurable modes of FTP, in recent days - after our previous blog on the differences between active and passive FTP. We often write about our experiences at the time and the past 30-days have been no exception, having spoken with and assisted a number of customers through the intricacies of FTP.
For a protocol with nearly fifty years on the clock, FTP can sometimes be a lot more complicated than most would assume. In particular, there is often a strong misunderstanding of the differences between active and passive FTP sessions, which can lead to confusion around port numbers in use and how the protocol really works.
For those of you who use MOVEit Automation to automate the transfer of files between different hosts, you will know that while there are a number of supported hosts from SFTP servers to Amazon S3, there is no current native connector for Microsoft Azure blobs at the time of writing.
After working with quite a few customers on upgrading their MOVEit installations over the past six months, there is one thing which we have noticed is being frequently overlooked - the regular execution of maintenance tasks, which help to keep MOVEit healthy and operationally functional.
So, you have installed MOVEit Automation and have started to create automated workflows for moving files from one location to another. But with that initial requirement now fulfilled, what else can you get out of the solution?