Conceal WTC and Its Content from Searches


  • EFT v7.4.x - v8.0.4


The WTC/Workspaces pages and content is visible to Web searches. A file named robots.txt on the server tells web crawling robots whether to ignore the site. You can create a registry key to prevent WTC/Workspaces pages and content from appearing in search results.  In EFT, the robots.txt file is located (by default) in C:\Program Files (x86)\Globalscape\EFT Server Enterprise\web\public\EFTClient.

To enable or disable searches

  1. Create the following registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\GlobalSCAPE Inc.\EFT Server 7.4\

  2. Add a DWORD and name it ServeRobotsFile

  3. Set the DWORD to 0 (disabled, the default) or 1 (enabled)

  4. Restart the EFT server service.

The EFT.log file indicates that the key was read in at startup. The first log is initial startup, 0, the second one is after changing it to 1 and then restarting the service:

09-27-17 15:08:26,526 [2992] INFO AdvancedProperties <> - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\GlobalSCAPE Inc.\EFT Server 7.4\ServeRobotsFile=0

09-27-17 15:57:26,913 [1096] INFO AdvancedProperties <> - HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\GlobalSCAPE Inc.\EFT Server 7.4\ServeRobotsFile=1