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Using the File Channel as a source

The File Channel source endpoint is a Qlik Replicate endpoint that consumes and applies the contents of a file channel directory structure that was produced by a corresponding File Channel target endpoint.

Setting general connection properties

This section describes how to configure general connection properties. For an explanation of how to configure advanced connection properties, see Setting advanced connection properties.

To add the File Channel source to Qlik Replicate:

  1. In Tasks view, click Manage Endpoint Connections toolbar button to open the Manage Endpoint Connections window.
  2. In the Name field, type a name for your endpoint. This can be any name that will help to identify the endpoint being used.
  3. In the Description field, type a description that helps to identify the information being replicated to the file. This is optional.
  4. Select Source as the endpoint Role.

  5. Select File Channel as the endpoint Type.
  6. Type the full path to the Storage Folder where the File Channel files will be created. The default path when not using the File Transfer Service is:

    C:\Program Files\Qlik\Replicate\data\tasks\<task_name>

    If you are using the File Transfer Service, the default path is:

    C:\Program Files\Qlik\Replicate\data\endpoints\<file-channel_db_name>\fc

    Information note

    The Replicate File Transfer Service always transfers the local file channel task’s files to the default directory on the remote system (C:\Program Files\Attunity\Replicate\data\endpoints\<remote_file-channel_db_name>\fc). Consequently, if you are using the File Transfer Service, ensure that the default directory always has enough space for the incoming files.

    For more information on using the File Transfer Service, see File Transfer Service and Setting advanced properties.

    Information note

    The actual size of the File Channel files is usually three-to-four times larger than the size of the source data. You should therefore make sure that the location of the specified Storage Folder has sufficient disk space.

    This folder should be in a location that is accessible from anywhere in the WAN you are working with.

    Information note

    To determine if you are connected to the endpoint you want to use or if the connection information you entered is correct, click Test Connection.

    If the connection is successful a message in green is displayed. If the connection fails, an error message is displayed at the bottom of the dialog box.

    To view the log entry if the connection fails, click View Log. The server log is displayed with the information for the connection failure. Note that this button is not available unless the test connection fails.

  7. Click OK to finish the setup and save the changes.

Setting advanced connection properties

You can set the following properties in the Advanced tab:

  • Input files are received via file transfer service: Select this check box to receive the source input files using the Replicate File Transfer Service.

    • Password: The password that will be used to establish a secure connection with the File Channel Target.

      Information note

      When using the File Transfer Service, an agreed upon password is required in order to establish a secure connection between the File Channel Source and the File Channel Target. Accordingly, the password specified in the File Channel Source settings and the password specified in the File Channel Target settings must be identical.

    For more information about the File Transfer Service, see File Transfer Service.

  • Delete processed files: Select this check box to delete the File Channel files after the data has been replicated to the target endpoint.

    You should clear this check box if other tasks need to use the files.

Internal parameters

Internal parameters are parameters that are not exposed in the UI. You should only use them if instructed by Qlik Support.

To add internal Qlik Replicate parameters:

  1. Click the Internal Parameters link.

    The Internal Parameters dialog box opens.

  2. In the edit box, type the name of the parameter you need to add and then click it.
  3. The parameter is added to the table below the search box with its default value.
  4. Change the default value as required.
  5. To reset the parameter value to its default, click the "Restore default value" icon at the end of the row.

Settings summary

You can view a summary of your settings by clicking the Setting Summary link. This is useful if you need to send a summary of your settings to Qlik Support.

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