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Message started by JP on Jan 31st, 2015 at 10:35pm

Title: Question from new user
Post by JP on Jan 31st, 2015 at 10:35pm
watchDirectory has been recommended to me by a fellow astro imager and it looks like it may do just what I need it to do.  We are interested in purchasing 4 licenses for watchDirectory and watchFTP for our observatory.  I'd like to ask if these programs will easily perform the following before we commit to purchase.  We have four laptops, each one controlling one observatory telescope and various instrumentation. Our image files (FITS) are automatically saved to the control laptops.  However, these are not meant to be storage machines as they have limited size hard drives (500 GB).  We also have four network cloud drives (2 TB each) and two powerful workstation computers in the observatory dedicated to image processing and analysis.  What I'd like to do is be able to monitor the laptops and then transfer the image data files as they are saved from the laptops to their associated network cloud drives for storage and backup.  They can be zipped.  I'd also like to be able to transfer those same files to the processing computers as unzipped files so we can work on processing them in real time as they are downloaded to those machines.  This gives us both a redundant backup as well as the ability to work on the files as they come in while the laptops keep the automated image sequencing going with each telescope.  The control laptops are also configured as FTP servers if that functionality is needed.  My question is can these steps all be performed by watchDirectory and watchFTP?  And if so, which machine(s) would be the best place to have the monitoring programs running in order to facilitate the monitoring of the laptops and transfers to both the cloud drives as well as the image processing machines?

Thank you for taking the time to read this and for any assistance/advice you can provide.  Once we know how this could work for us we will be working on purchasing the necessary licenses.


Title: Re: Question from new user
Post by Gert on Feb 1st, 2015 at 2:00pm
Hello JP,

A q for you, who recommended our software (we like to know our fans :-)

It sounds like this should be easy to do, but you don't give so much details....

To get the files to your cloud drives, it is probably best to run WatchDirectory (WD for short) on the laptops, "pushing" the files to your drives.
The other way around (running WatchFTP on your workstations, "pulling" the files from the laptops) would be a lot harder because our software works best if the monitored drives/ftp server is "always available".

So you let WD run on the laptops, when they detect a new file, let a task copy (move) the file to your workstation(s) for further processing. Perhaps run WD on them as well to detect those incoming files and start other "jobs" to work on them. When that work has finished, another WD job could copy the results to your cloud drives.

Note that you can evaluate our programs 30 days without buying (or contact me for extra time). If you need further help (and have some more detailed info), it is probably best to contact me by email (see my signature below).

Title: Re: Question from new user
Post by JP on Feb 1st, 2015 at 7:49pm
Thank you for your reply Gert.  Much appreciated.  I will do as you suggest and contact you via e-mail so I can provide more information (and also let you know who had recommended your software).  But your reply to me has given me a clearer picture of how I could accomplish the tasks I'm interested in, and it was very useful information.  I'll be in touch soon.

Thank you.


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