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    Default Transferral of settings

    Hi guys!

    I'm a bit of a 'newbie' when it comes to EFI...
    I work as in IT for an Internet, Marketing and Design firm, who uses EFI Fiery for controlling all their print documents.

    Recently, the EFI hot folders control PC has been slowly dying, and needs to be replaced.
    My question(s) is this:
    How easy is it to transfer all the settings and templates to a new PC?
    Are there any special tools that can help with this process?

    Kind regards,
    Lachlan

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    Default How to backup hot folders

    Hi Lachlan,

    Attached is a document with some steps detailing how to backup your existing Hot Folders, and restore them onto a new (or rebuilt PC).

    If you are using imposition templates with your hot folders, you might want to back them up too. To find the imposition template folder, go to Hot Folders > File > Preferences, and take note of the template path. Then backup this folder.

    Good luck!

    Wasabi.
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    Default Problems with attachements

    The attached document is empty!

    Giuliano

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    Default Backup Hot Folders

    Hi there,

    It appears we have a problem with the attachments in the forum at the moment.

    How to manually backup Hot Folders 2.x

    This information should be useful for those customers that are setting up complex hot folder setups, and want to back them up, or transfer to a new PC.

    Follow the process below for each HotFolder (HF).

    1. Open the existing HF and browse to the following files:
    desktop.ini
    [_EFI_HotFolder_]/folder.cfg
    Copy those two files to a backup location, inside a folder named something like HF1_Backup. You’ll need to copy these two files from the inside of each currently setup HF on your PC, to their own separate folders (HF2_Backup, HF3_Backup, etc).

    One thing to note before you uninstall HF it is to note what is the Fiery IP or DNS name to which the HF was connected to.
    Once you use these files again, they will connect to the same Fiery, so if your Fiery changed names, you will need an extra step (see below, step 5, just in case)

    On the new or rebuilt PC -
    2. Once you have installed HF back again, you need to launch HF and create one HF from the HF Control Panel connecting to a Fiery.
    Save it without applying any settings.
    Repeat this process for as many HF you need to restore.

    3. Now Exit the HF application.

    4. Now replace the "desktop.ini" and the [_EFI_HotFolder_]/folder.cfg files from your backup files for each one of the folders you want to restore the HF settings.

    5. If the new Fiery IP or DNS server that now you are using has changed compared to when you initially saved the HF settings (step 1), then you can do the following:
    With WordPad or a text editor, edit the file "folder.cfg"

    Then change the Fiery IP or name, for example if the old Fiery DNS name was "Fiery123" and the new name is "FieryABC", then at the folder config file
    replace:
    <ServerName>Fiery123</ServerName>
    <ServerAddr>Fiery123</ServerAddr>

    And use now:
    <ServerName>FieryABC</ServerName>
    <ServerAddr>FieryABC</ServerAddr>

    Save the file.

    6. Now restart the HF application.
    7. In case that the fiery server you used between step 2 and step 5 are different, you need to open the HF Properties from the HF Control Panel for each HF you modified, and click OK to close it and save.
    This last step, you need to do it to guarantee that the correct PPD is being used.

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    Default Transferral of Hot Folder's Settings

    Wasabi,
    thanks for your reply.

    Giuliano

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    hi Wasabi!

    Thankyou very much for that information!
    Although it doesn't seem to hard, a colleague of mine has decided that we will image the current hot folders PC and then use a hardware independent restore to restore it to another PC to help save us time.
    Any thoughts on how this could go wrong with the program?
    (the new PC will have the same name, IP address, exact same settings and file structure)

    many thanks,
    Lachlan

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    Default Should be fine

    Hot folders should have no problem in this scenario.
    Just don't change the Fiery's IP address or name at the same time!

    Ciao,
    G.

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