Nov 8, 2011
In a SOHO (small office home network) environment, it is unusual that you will find computers running on different operating systems. Usually you’ll just encounter different flavors of the Windows OS ranging from Home versions to Server versions. But since some flavors of UNIX’s and Linux’s computer systems can be installed for free (like Cent OS, Ubuntu etc.) you should expect these systems to be accepted even in a SOHO environment. Also these systems were known to beat Windows in terms of ‘multi-tasking’ capabilities and we cannot deny the fact that they can replace costly Windows servers that is used as file servers. In this post you will learn how to transfer files between different operating system.
So if it happens that your boss decides to include a different OS in your Windows network, you should now worry how you can send-receive files from this computer. Though there are ways of doing this, you will be in big trouble if you don’t know the steps and configurations involved. Also if you’re in a hurry in getting things done immediately (like installing drivers and other applications from a network repository), knowing how to come up with a quick solution is a clear shot to your big problem. This application that I will introduce you will allow you to solve this difficulty. You don’t have to know anything about ‘file sharing’ stuff in using this app. Let’s begin.
To transfer files between different operating systems, download and install ‘Transfer On LAN’ app on both system first. Once installed, click the ‘Users’ tab and look for the IP address of the destination computer were you want to send the files to. Right-click on that item and then click ‘Send’. On the destination computer, a pop-up message will appear that needs your confirmation whether to accept the file transfer. Click ‘Yes’ if you want the transfer to commence or ‘No’ to deny the transfer operation. The progress of the entire file transfer can be viewed by accessing the ‘Sending’ tab. On the destination computer, be sure that you specify the full directory path in the ‘Preferences’ tab and the IP address of the computer.
This open source file transfer tool requires JRE (Java Runtime Environment) to work. Just install the java client on your target systems and download the appropriate version and your good to go. You can install this tool on Windows OS, Linux based OS and MAC OS X.