Running Transfer CFT for the first time

The elements and tasks required to start Transfer CFT for the first time include:

Set the environment

After installing Transfer CFT , but before starting Transfer CFT you should:

  • Execute the profile.bat in the Transfer CFT runtime directory to define environment variables.
  • Create a new set of Transfer CFT working files, parameters, partners, catalog, communication file, logs, use the sample configuration files cft-tcp.conf and cft-tcp-part.conf in the runtime\conf directory. You can configure these during the product installation or manually after installation.
  • Use cftinit <configuration_file> > and/or cftupdate to interpret the parameter and partner files.
  • cftinit conf\cft-tcp.conf

    cftupdate conf\cft-tcp-part.conf
  • or
  • cftinit conf\cft-tcp.conf conf\cft-tcp-part.conf
Caution   These commands generate an initial configuration by creating the configuration files. Any previous configurations, and any data in the communication file, catalog, or log files will be lost.

Sample file details

  • cft-tcp.conf: Contains PARM object definitions (PARM, CAT, COM, LOG, ACCNT, PROT, SEND, RECV,...etc.).
  • cft-tcp-part.conf: Contains partner definitions (CFTPART, CFTTCP, CFTSSL).

Delivered partners are:

  • LOOP

Start and stop commands

Version 2.7.1 and higher Version 2.7.0 and lower
cft start cftstart
cft stop cftstop
cft status cftstatus
cft force-stop cftstop -kill
cft force-stop -kill cftstop -forcedkill
Note The cftstart and cftstop commands, from version 2.7.0 and earlier, are redirected to the standardized commands for continued compatibility.

Start Transfer CFT using a command

If you have not already done so, from the runtime directory execute the profile.bat to set the Transfer CFT environment. Then in the same dos session, enter the command: cft start

Shut down Transfer CFT using a command

You can use one of the following methods to shut down Transfer CFT:

  • CFTUTIL utility
  • CFTUTIL shut fast=no


    CFTUTIL shut fast=yes

  • cft utility using stop
  • cft stop

For more information, see the administrative commands in Manage the Transfer CFT server.

Start or stop Transfer CFT using a user interface

You can also use either Central Governance or the Transfer CFT Copilot UI to start or shut down Transfer CFT.

Service mode

You can retroactively install Service mode for Transfer CFT. Use the Installer Configure mode to install and uninstall the services for the Transfer CFT Server and Transfer CFT Copilot. To launch the Installer in Configure mode, from the Start menu select Axway Software > Axway Transfer CFT > Configure.

Start the CFTW desktop window

You can use the Windows utility cftw.exe to open a desktop window that displays the Transfer CFT log messages and processes list in separate tabs. The cft start command automatically launches this cftw.exe utility when the UCONF parameter cft.nt.start_graphmode is set to Yes (default value).

Note When Transfer CFT is running as a service, you must have the service configured to authorize desktop interaction, and you must manually launch the cftw.exe.

If Transfer CFTis not running, use the -wait option with cftw so that the utility waits for Transfer CFT to start instead of exiting immediately.

cftw.exe -w

As of Transfer CFT v3.0.1, a second cftw UCONF parameter, cft.nt.cftw_display_log_messages, is available. To display log messages in the cftw window, change the parameter setting from No (default value) to Yes.

For more information, see the administrative commands in Manage the Transfer CFT server.

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