Transitioning from TASFTP to Legacy Cloud Connector

INTRODUCTION
Our Stat Crew team has developed software to handle the sending of live event .xml files while using their legacy software called the Legacy Cloud Connector (LCC). This software, in conjunction with the Stat Crew Cloud, is a far superior live event .xml file transmission tool than TASFTP because it...

...is much faster (result: the main GT view and "Media View" update much more quickly)
...is much more stable (never times out and eliminates a variety of issues inherent to how TASFTP works)
...is less taxing on the scoring computer
...allows for more than two destinations (no limit)
...sends the live event .xml file to multiple destinations simultaneously rather than one at a time, as TASFTP does
...allows for varying naming conventions desired/required by live event .xml recipients
...improves your ability to troubleshoot a problem with successful send indicators, unsuccessful send alerts and the ability to view the contents of the live event .xml file

Because this software can greatly ease event day operations as it pertains to distributing the live event .xml file, most notably for livestat purposes, we want to encourage and assist your transition from TASFTP to the LCC by providing step-by-step instruction for use of the Cloud and the LCC. Additionally, both our Editorial team and Stat Crew support are at your disposal to assist over the phone should you need live-body assistance. We are confident that once you make this transition, you'll be very glad that you did!

THE STEPS

1. Log into your Cloud site.
2. Choose your sport from the menu on the left.
3. Next, click FTP Sites in the main nav. It is here that you can enter the FTP information for each destination you wish to send the live event .xml file. There is no limit to the number of destinations you can set up. Click New FTP site in the sub-nav. Here is the information to enter for GameTracker purposes:

    Name: GameTracker
    Host: ftp.netitor.com
    Port: 21
    User: fanslive
    Password: livestats
    Enabled: check
    Passive: check
    Target Directory: schoolcode/sportcode (e.g. ucla/m-footbl)
    E-mail: the e-mail address of any number of persons that should receive an e-mail alert should an error occur.
Once you have completed the form, click Update FTP Site. Click here for a sample Cloud FTP Site page

4. Next, click Schedule in the main nav. It is here that you'll need to enter each event for which you will be providing GameTracker coverage. Click New Game in the sub-nav. Much of the info asked for is straightfoward. You can skip "Delegated Scoring Team" and "Delegate FTP Files." At the very bottom, you can indentify the file name of the file to be sent on a destination-by-destination basis. There will be a field for each FTP site you have set up and you can enter the filename required for each. For GameTracker, enter schoolcode.xml (e.g. ucla.xml). Once you have completed the form, click Create Game. Click here for a sample Cloud schedule page.

That concludes the setup in the Cloud. Now it's just a matter of setting up on the scoring side and in the LCC for each event. The steps:

1. Open the scoring program and set up as normal.
2. Open "Game Reports" and select your game from the "Games" menu.
3. Go to Live -> Live setup and complete the form as follows: (Live Setup sample to the right)

    General
    Activate: check
    GameTracker ID: enter the ID number of the event
    Show stats on screen: check

    Copy File Settings
    Auto-copy files: check
    Html/Xml: select Xml
    Target directory: enter a local directory you wish to save the file to (e.g. c:\temp)

    XML Output
    Enable XML stats feed: check
    Xml filename: schoolcode (e.g. ucla)

    The "FTP settings" section is not needed. Please be sure that "Auto-send FTP" is not checked.

Once the form has been completed, click OK.

4. Open the LCC and select your sport, your game and enter the local directory to which you are copying (saving) .xml file (e.g. c:\temp) and click Start. (Cloud Connector sample to the right)
5. Return to "Game Reports" and from the "Live" menu, select Send stats files. Once you do this, you'll see at the bottom of the window "Copy complete...". This lets you know that you have successfully copied the event .xml file. There are two ways to know that the event .xml file has been sent to the Cloud for distribution:

    1. If you return to the LCC, you'll see that the "XML File" and "Server" fields now show a timestamp for the send of the file.
    2. If you view the event in the "Schedule" section of the Cloud site, you will see an "XML" link has been associated to the event. What's great about that link is it will let you view the .xml file. This can be helpful a few ways. One example...if you've sent an initial file and you're not seeing GameTracker update, you can click XML and see if the GameTracker ID number is in the file, or if it's wrong.


Information Pages
These pages contain information ranging from benefits to requirements to step-by-step instruction (live and testing):