File Location

To Access: Data Source -> File Location

A File Location are predefined locations where data can be imported from. It can be location on the VDV Server or an FTP Directory.

Click the  button in top-right corner to create a new File Location.

Local Directory

Adding a local directory is used to allow users to add new Data Sources from the web from the server running VDV. This can be used to add a directory where data is being collected. Another example would be to add an FTP directory if it is located on the same server. This will allow faster access to the directory rather then adding it as an FTP Location.

  1. Name: Identify the File Location with a descriptive name
  2. Owner: Choose which Owner the File Location belongs to. Users with access to that owner can see and use the File Location
  3. Type: Choose Local
  4. Directory: Type in the path to the folder containing the data files. A list of all files and folders in that directory will be listed below.

System Directories that are not allowed

C: or any root,
C:\Windows,
C:\Program Files,
C:\Program Files (x86),
C:\ProgramData,
C:\Windows.old,
C:\Users,


FTP Location

FTP Location allows users to import directly from FTP Servers. This allows data import from any external FTP Server.
Notice that if you are running your own FTP server then it is recommended to add it as a Local Location instead. For example to add C:\FTP\ as a Local Location instead of adding the FTP Server path.

  1. Name: Identify the File Location with a descriptive name
  2. Owner: Choose which Owner the File Location belongs to. Users with access to that owner can see and use the File Location
  3. Type: Choose FTP
  4. Address: Type in the address to the FTP Server (skip the ftp://)
  5. Type in Username and Password.
  6. Click Test Connection. If everything is working then a Successful notification will appear.