Client Use

Amazon Web Services

Client Software

CloudDat uses ExpeDat clients to transfer data between your local systems and AWS.

If you purchased a perpetual license, you can download client software from your DEI customer page.

AWS Marketplace instances of CloudDat include ExpeDat client software on the EC2 instance.  You can access this software by entering the instance's public IP address into your web browser, as described in the Installation steps.

Three client types are available  ExpeDat Desktop is a graphical file transfer application, similar to most FTP clients  DropDat droplets are self-contained drag-and-drop uploaders  movedat is a scriptable command line utility, with syntax similar to scp.

Full Documentation

The instructions below cover basic use of the ExpeDat clients with CloudDat.

Documentation for the clients included with CloudDat can be downloaded from the Marketplace instance, for subscriptions, or from your DEI customer site, for perpetual licenses.  Documenation for the latest version can also be found online at the main ExpeDat documentation site.

Using ExpeDat Desktop

The ExpeDat Desktop graphical client resembles typical file transfer clients.

  • Server and authentication information is entered at the top.
  • The left side shows your local files.
  • The right side shows the contents of your S3 bucket.
  • Activity and progress are noted at the bottom of the window.

This is a fully functional ExpeDat client and can be used with other ExpeDat servers.  Complete ExpeDat documentation is included in the "Full Client Package" and online.  The S3 functionality provided by the CloudDat gateway is referred to as an "Object Handler" in the ExpeDat documentation and is enabled when the "Handler" drop-down menu shows "S3".  When "None" is selected, ExpeDat will attempt to access the instance filesystem instead.

The copy of ExpeDat Desktop available with CloudDat is preconfigured to support S3.  If you use a copy of ExpeDat Desktop from another source, you may need to enable the S3 handler manually.  Follow ExpeDat Desktop's Object Handler instructions to add "S3" to the list of "Server Handlers" and select it when accessing an S3 bucket.

Using movedat

To access the command line client, direct your web browser to the public address of your EC2 hosted gateway instance and download the "Full Client Package" appropriate for your local machine.  Extract the package contents and look for the "movedat" command line executable in the "Client Files" folder.

Below are some examples of using movedat with CloudDat.  Substitute the public address of the instance for "aws.example.com" below:

  • Upload:
    movedat local.dat s3user@aws.example.com=S3:remote.dat
  • Download:
    movedat s3user@aws.example.com=S3:remote.dat local.dat
  • Rename:
    movedat -m s3user@aws.example.com=S3:remote.dat newremote.dat
  • Delete:
    movedat -x s3user@aws.example.com=S3:newremote.dat
  • List:
    movedat s3user@aws.example.com=S3: movedat s3user@aws.example.com=S3:subdir/

For detailed usage information, including scripting and automation features, refer to the movedat documentation included in the "Full Client Package" or in the online movedat Documentation.

Using DropDat

DropDat lets you create self-contained, pre-configured upload clients called "droplets".  You can distribute these to end-users, allowing them to upload with CloudDat by dragging-and-dropping files and folders.  It is perfect for uploads by non-technical users because you set all the configuration in advance.   End-users do not even need to run an installer.

  • Run the DropDat master (the icon with the black arrow).
  • If prompted for a license code, enter 2A28-20AA-4411-0113 .
  • Enter a droplet name, the gateway server, username, and password.
  • In the "Object Handler" field, enter "S3".
  • Click "Create" (a new droplet with a blue arrow icon will be created).

The new droplet application will be created in the same folder as the DropDat master.  You can copy this to end-users as you would any other application.  For complete setup and distribution instructions, see the documentation that is included in the "Full Client Package" or in the online DropDat Documentation.

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