New release: Syncplify.me Server! v2.0.4.24

We have just released Syncplify.me Server! v2.0.4.24. Although this is still considered a minor update, it carries some significant improvements to the automatic blacklist. Actually such improvements are so significant that we’re preparing a short video to show and explain the new features in detail (to be published here as soon as it’s ready).

As usual you can download the new version from our web site.

How to: turn a Temporary into a Permanent ban (blacklist)

By default all IP addresses that get automatically blacklisted (because of protocol violations or some other type of attack/hacking attempt) are Temporary. This means that they will stay in the blacklist for an amount of time that you have defined in the Configuration Manager and then they will be automatically removed from the blacklist and allowed to connect again.

But Syncplify.me Server! also supports Permanent bans. The image here below shows how to turn a Temporary ban into a Permanent one.

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New release: Syncplify.me Server! v2.0.3.23

We have released today a new version of Syncplify.me Server! (2.0.3.23). This new version fixes a very minor bug in the session counter for the SFTP protocol. It is not a critical update, as it only improves the accuracy of counters in the real-time monitor, therefore there’s no reason to apply this update right away; we suggest to apply it at your next scheduled server maintenance.

As usual, you can download the new version here.

New release: Syncplify.me Notepad! v1.0.11.51

We have just released a new version of our Syncplify.me Notepad! that implements a workaround to correctly load files when the OS fails to properly identify their encoding.

If you have experienced troubles loading some non-UTF8 files, you may want to update your Notepad! to this latest version.

As usual, you can download it from our main download site, or (in case the main site’s update is delayed) you can use this alternative direct download link.

Running your SFTP server with high-availability and fault tolerance

Note: this article refers to Syncplify.me Server! v1.x and v2.x; As of Syncplify.me Server! v3.0 support for high-availability (HA) is built-in, and much easier to use; you can read more about v3.0 HA features here.

If you are running Syncplify.me Server! in a corporate environment, especially if you operate it in a mission critical environment, you may want to deploy it with high-availability (HA) and fault tolerance in mind.

The diagram here below, and the explanation that follows, are intended as a “first step” towards that goal. More complicated layouts are certainly possible, but this is a good starting point:

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How secure is the SFTP protocol?

Many of our users know the FTP protocol very well, and they are aware that FTPS is the same protocol protected by a SSL/TLS connection. But when it comes to SFTP, we’re challenged pretty frequently with the question “how secure is SFTP?“.

The easy one-line answer would be: SFTP is very secure. But that is obviously not a real answer, therefore if you want to know more (and why/how it is secure), please, read on.

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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:

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