Experimental Results

MARL makes results available over the web via an FTP server. Therefore, results may be accessed as soon as the files are stored.

Most results are available at ftp.marl.iastate.edu. Thermal analysis results are available at ta.marl.iastate.edu.

Most files are stored in directories that can be accessed using anonymous ftp ( i.e., no login is required). Sensitive files are stored in a separate area and are protected by a password. Please contact MARL staff if privacy is an issue and such a directory will be set up.

Logging in

FTP clients generally prompt for username and password as part of establishing a connection to a server. Web browsers generally do not. Therefore, a special form of the web address is required to include the username and password. For our main site, the URL becomes ftp://user:password@ftp.marl.iastate.edu, where user and password are replaced with the appropriate names.

A user may also navigate to our public ftp area as an anonymous user and then choose the File, LoginAs

Solutions to common problems

Problem: File display is less than optimum

Most browsers do not display FTP results in very friendly formats. They usually don't support drag-and-drop transfers.

Solution 1: (Windows): Copy the FTP page address and paste it into My Computer's address bar. Drag-and-drop may then be used to copy files and folders. Files may also be displayed with details and sorted by date or type or size.

Solution 2: (for IE): Click the Page toolbar icon and select "Display in Explorer window". This needs to be done for every visit to the page.

Solution 3: (Anywhere): Use an FTP client program with whatever features it provides. Many offer sorting and drag-and-drop.

Problem: Server does not show recent files in the listing

Solution: Refresh the display with the F5 key or the Refresh toolbar button.

Solution: Make sure that files were stored on the server. Ensure SyncToy was run for SEM files.

Problem: Access is blocked by firewall or policy.

Note, in all cases, this has proved to be due to problems on the client end rather than with our servers. Our servers are basic in their configuration and require no special configuration on the client end.

Solution 1: Set the client computer to employ "passive" ftp. Microsoft specifically states that the passive mode needs to be set to work with some firewalls and routers.
The procedure varies depending on the web browser and its version. For Internet Explorer, navigate to the advanced tab under Internet options (Tools, Internet Options or Control Panel, Internet Options). Under the Brower section, one of the last options is to "Use passive FTP for compatibility with some firewalls and DSL modems". Check the box, and click OK to save the settings.

Solution 2: Have the IT department make a change to the firewall setting to allow access to our FTP site.

Solution 3: Download the files from another computer. It could be expeditious just to download the files to a different computer (e.g., at home) and to carry the files to the office via a USB drive.