Syncplify.me Server! v4.1.1 released

We have just released version 4.1.1 of our Syncplify.me Server! software. This version features the following improvements:

  • Fixed: computed permissions inside directory list were incorrect when VFS target was a UNC path (SFTP protocol only)

Warning: upgrading to this version from any version prior to 4.0.34 will invalidate your license, so please if you are a customer – before you upgrade – contact us to request a license reset.

Note: if after the update you notice any unexpected behavior in the web interface, just hit Ctrl-F5 in your browser; that will force the browser to reload the page as well as all back-end scripts and update the ones that may have been cached from previous versions of the software.

As usual you can download this new release from our website.

Syncplify.me Server! v4.1.0 released

We have just released version 4.1.0 of our Syncplify.me Server! software. This version features the following improvements:

  • Added: support for MongoDB authentication and specific utility to configure it (read how to use it here)
  • Fixed: small memory leak in one of the password encryption functions

Warning: upgrading to 4.1.0 from any version prior to 4.0.34 will invalidate your license, so please if you are a customer – before you upgrade – contact us to request a license reset.

Note: if after the update you notice any unexpected behavior in the web interface, just hit Ctrl-F5 in your browser; that will force the browser to reload the page as well as all back-end scripts and update the ones that may have been cached from previous versions of the software.

As usual you can download this new release from our website.

How to: use a CA-issued certificate (the long way)

Syncplify.me Server! version: 4.0.0+

If you already own an X.509 (SSL/TLS) digital certificate in PFX format, you know how simple it is to import it into your Syncplify.me Server! and use it.

But many of our customers asked for a tutorial on the longer procedure of requesting a digital certificate to a certification authority (CA) via a certificate signing request (CSR). So here’s the fully documented procedure for you.

First of all you have to generate the CSR, and to do that you will simply go to the Security->FTP(E/S) menu and select the option in the picture below from the certificate drop-down menu: Continue reading

What’s new in the upcoming Syncplify.me Server! v5

Syncplify.me Server! version: 5.0.0+

While the step from v3 to v4 was somewhat “epic” (as 80%+ of the code was rewritten from scratch) the upcoming Syncplify.me Server! v5 will build upon the rock-solid foundation of v4 and expand and improve its features significantly. Version 5 will also be our most cloud-enabled version to date.

Here’s a list of some of the most important upcoming new features our users will find in Syncplify.me Server! v5: Continue reading

Syncplify.me Server! v4.0.34 released

We have just released version 4.0.34 of our Syncplify.me Server! software. This version features the following improvements:

  • Fixed: white-list rejection handling in the FTP(E/S) protocol handler (SFTP was not affected)
  • Improved: license persistence in complex virtual environment featuring partially dynamic virtual hardware (Warning: upgrading to 4.0.34 from any previous version will invalidate your license, so please if you are a customer – before you upgrade – contact us to request a license reset)

Note: if after the update you notice any unexpected behavior in the web interface, just hit Ctrl-F5 in your browser; that will force the browser to reload the page as well as all back-end scripts and update the ones that may have been cached from previous versions of the software.

As usual you can download this new release from our website.

White paper: a solution for healthcare

This totally free White Paper discusses the needs of healthcare providers and institutions, debunks some myths, and explains how to achieve the required levels of security and compliance.

Feel free to download it and use it under the CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license.

Download “Solution-for-Healthcare-Complete.pdf” Solution-for-Healthcare-Complete.pdf – Downloaded 570 times – 732 KB

Ensuring Syncplify’s MongoDB instance safety

Syncplify.me Server! version: 4.0.0+

In light of the recent news regarding ransomware targeting MongoDB, we would like to inform all of our users and customers that we are actively working to add support for MongoDB’s authentication directly inside our software.

In the meantime, though, it is very important to understand that:

  • set aside the hype, a good network security model already addresses 99% of all the issues of this type (DB-connectivity related)
  • Syncplify’s specific MongoDB instance uses port 28038 (instead of the standard 27017) and is therefore not targeted by the above mentioned ransomware
  • Syncplify’s specific MondoDB instance only accepts requests from localhost (127.0.0.1) unless you have explicitly created a Windows Firewall rule

Because of the above reasons we believe that all Syncplify.me Server! instances deployed in non-HA mode are safe unless the network and Windows Firewall configuration has been altered by the users/customers themselves.

For HA (high-availability) instances, we do strongly recommend our users/customers to make sure their network firewall and Windows Firewall rules only allow connections to the DB server(s) from the machines running the SFTP front-end nodes. No other machine should be allowed to connect to your DB server(s).

This said, we want to reassure everyone – once again – that we are also actively working (with high priority) to add MongoDB authentication directly into our software.

Adding users from CSV file using PowerShell and SMSCLI

Syncplify.me Server! version: 4.0.8+

Many of our users are asking how to add multiple user accounts to Syncplify.me Server! at once. Most of them already have a CSV (comma-separated value) text file with username and passwords of the user profiles to be added, so it would make a lot of sense for them to have a simple procedure to import such users from the existing CVS file. You can actually do that very easily by writing a tiny PowerShell script that internally calls our SMSCLI (Syncplify.me Server! Command-Line Interface), and this article shows one way to do so.

The first step is to make sure that we know what VFS these imported users will be using as their “home directory”. For the sake of this example (and to keep it as easy as possible) we will use a parametric VFS like the one shown in the image here below: Continue reading

Maintenance release: Syncplify.me FTP Script! v3.1.6.56

We have just released version 3.1.6.56 of our Syncplify.me FTP Script!

This version delivers a hot-fix for the bug found in the Download function that affects only downloads to UNC destinations. If you are using scripts that download files to UNC paths, you are encouraged to download and install this update.

As usual you can download the latest version from our web site. Thank you!