[Last updated October 3, 2019] In this tutorial, I'll show you how to carry out file transfers between an iPhone or iPad and JSCAPE MFT Server. This capability is ideal for organizations who have adopted some form of BYOD policy and want to establish secure backups and file transfers between iOS mobile devices and a company-owned server.
To follow this tutorial, you would need to have a working installation of JSCAPE MFT Server and at least one iOS device (iPhone or iPad) running JSCAPE's iOS File Transfer Client. This mobile app will allow you to transfer, manage, view and share files with a highly secure managed file transfer server. This is much safer than sharing files through commonly used cloud-based file sharing services. Read the article "How Secure Mobile File Storage & Sharing Refines Your BYOD Strategy" to understand why.
Still don't have the client? Just go to the App Store, search "jscape", and download the app!
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Setting up the server
JSCAPE MFT Server can readily support file transfers from/to Android and iOS devices. All that's needed is to enable an HTTP or HTTPS service. You can do that through the JSCAPE MFT Server Manager.
Launch the manager and go to Settings > Web > Web. Tick either the HTTP on host or HTTPS on host checkbox. We of course recommend the latter for security. Specify the IP address and port number or just leave it as is. Click Apply when done.
Next, go to Domains and double-click the domain where you want to enable the HTTP/S service.
Take note of the domain's name. You'll need that when you start connecting from an iOS device. In this example, the domain name is "mftserver2".
Go to the Services node and click the Add button.
Next, select HTTP/S from the Protocol drop-down list and then click OK.
You should now see the newly added HTTP/S service in your list of Services.
That's all you need to do on the server side. Let's now move to the client side.
Connecting an iPhone to your file transfer server
On your iPhone or iPad, tap and launch the JSCAPE iOS File Transfer Client.
Tap the plus (+) icon to add a site. A site is simply a unique connection to your server. You can save multiple sites on your iOS device, each possibly connecting to a different domain, user account, or server.
Enter the following information:
✔ Site Name - This is just an arbitrary name used to represent a site on the app.
✔ Site URL - This is the URL of the HTTP/S service on your JSCAPE MFT Server instance. Make sure to remove any trailing forward slash (/). An entry like "https://mydomain.com/" will result in an error.
✔ Username and password - This is the username and password of an existing account on your MFT Server you want to login with.
✔ Username - This the name of the domain we asked you to take note of earlier
Tap the Done button when you're done.
If everything goes smoothly, a message should pop up, indicating that the site was successfully added. Just tap OK to proceed.
Tap that site's name to connect.
You should then see the remote filesystem as shown below. In the sample screenshot shown below, that folder labeled S3 happens to be a folder that points to an actual folder on Amazon S3. I added that to this account by creating a virtual path that mapped to an Amazon S3 network storage. If you want to know how I did that, click the link to the article below:
That's basically everything you need to know. The app's very intuitive, so you shouldn't have any difficulty uploading and downloading files yourself.
Try this iOS file transfer app for free
Want to try this for free? That's easy. This iOS file transfer app is available from the App Store and is totally FREE. In addition, JSCAPE MFT Server also comes with a FREE fully-functional Starter Edition, which you can download now.