How-to: map Syncplify.me Server! as a drive (Swish version)

We have recently published an article in this Knowledge Base to explain how to mount a Syncplify.me Server! SFTP account as a virtual drive using SFTP Net Drive.

It is also possible to do the same using another very nice software called Swish. Different philosophy, but similar results. Here is how to do it.

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How-to: map Syncplify.me Server! as a drive (SFTP)

There are several software programs on the market that can mount a SFTP (or also a FTP) server connection as a drive. Syncplify.me Server! strictly adheres to the standards, therefore it grants a very high degree of compatibility.

One option is to use SFTP Net Drive (by Eldos). Here’s a brief tutorial on how to map a SFTP connection as a drive using it together with Syncplify.me Server!

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Syncplify.me Server!: more on Active Directory authentication

This article covers the interaction between the client and Syncplify.me Server! in case of Active Directory authentication, and explains how auth-data sent by the client is interpreted by the server.

For the sake of our example we have set up a Windows Server 2012 R2 virtual machine, and created the “syncplify.local” domain (totally made up, you can use your own domain name of course). We have then created an AD group called “SFTP Users” (again you can create your own groups) and a couple users: “testuser” and “groupuser”. The testuser profile is only member of the “Domain Users” group, while the groupuser profile is member of “Domain Users” as well as of “SFTP Users”.

Important: if you’re using Syncplify.me Server! v4.0 or greater, please make sure you also carefully read this article before you continue.

Then we have created the two virtual profiles in Syncplify.me Server! with the usernames exactly as you see them in the picture here below:

2012R2-AD-1

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SFTP server on Windows: a step-by-step setup guide

Note: this article refers to an old version of the software, please consult this newer and updated article, which also features a video walk-through.

This step-by-step introductory guide is meant to help our users deploy and configure their SFTP server on Windows for the first time, and make sure that everything works well.

First of all, make sure that no other SFTP server is already running; and since Syncplify.me Server! also provides support for the FTP(S) protocol, please, also make sure no other FTP server is running on the same computer or virtual machine (this is particularly important if you’re installing Syncplify.me Server! onto a Windows Server operating system). A more comprehensive pre-flight check list is available here.

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How to: use Syncplify.me Server! to keep your Android devices in sync

Some of our users are asking how to use Syncplify.me Server! as a shared repository to keep files/folders on their Android devices always in sync.

There are various Android FTP(S)/SFTP clients that work smoothly with Syncplify.me Server! but, in this case, we need more: we need one that doesn’t just transfer files between Android and FTP(S)/SFTP, but can also keep them in sync.

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Syncplify.me Server!: why so many “ports” to configure?

Some of our users have been asking why there are so many “ports” to configure in Syncplify.me Server! and if configuring them is really necessary.

First of all, let’s say that Syncplify.me Server! is designed to work out-of-the-box, without the need for any special reconfiguration. In fact, by default, it uses the ports defined in each protocol standard (21 and 20 for FTP, 990 and 989 for FTPS, and 22 for SFTP) plus the widest possible port-range for passive FTP(S) connections.

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New release: Syncplify.me Server! v2.0.1.21

We have just released version 2.0.1.21 of our Syncplify.me Server!

The only significant change in this new minor version is itsĀ increased blacklist flexibility with regards to authenticated/authorized users. With this new version, in fact, a legitimate user who tries two or more authentication methods (SSH/SFTP) will not increase the error count after a successful authentication, if at least one of them is successful.

You can download this new version from our web site, as usual.