Parametric home directories Server! version: 4.0.26+

Another highly requested feature that we introduced in Server! v4 is parametric home directories.

Some of our customers, in fact, need to isolate every user in their own directory under a general “container”, the directory name being the same as the user’s username. They also requested that if a particular user’s home dir does not exist, it is automatically created when the user logs in.

A structure like this:

This is how you do it in Server! v4. Continue reading Server! v4: the Virtual File System (VFS) Server! version: 4.0.0+

One of the biggest additions to the upcoming version 4.0 of Server! is the VFS (Virtual File System) support. But what is it exactly? And what advantages does it bring to our users?

Let’s start by setting the bar with v3. Our version 3.x, in fact – as nearly every competitor – allows you to place users’ “homes” (root directories) on a disk. It can be a local or a network disk, but it’s basically disk-based. The following picture explains the concept in a visual way: Continue reading Server! v4: Encrypted File System Server! version: 4.0.0+

One of the most anticipated features that Server! v4 will deliver is the ability to mount virtual directories – even nested ones – as encrypted virtual file systems.


The Encrypted VFS transparently encrypts and decrypts data on-the-fly during uploads and/or downloads, making sure that the files at-rest on the server side are always encrypted. This way you can run your server externally, and still always be sure that who operates the server for you doesn’t have access to your files/backups. This is also a requirement in some cases when your company has to comply to the PCI/DSS or HIPAA regulations. Continue reading Server! v4: the all-new VFS Server! version: 4.0.0+

One of the biggest changes that version 4 will bring to Server!’s user base is the all-new Virtual File System. This is such an epic change that it’s actually one of the reasons why the release of v4 is taking longer than expected… but it will be worth the wait.

Check out the following comparison table to appreciate the main advantages of the new VFS over the previous approach (that was based on “virtual directories”):

Virtual Directory Approach (v1, v2, v3)Virtual File System (v4)
Virtual directories can only be placed directly under the user's home directoryIn a VFS, virtual folders can be placed anywhere, even nested within each other
All virtual directories are accessed "as" the user who logged in (single impersonation)In a VFS, each virtual folder can accessed "as" a different user profile (multiple impersonation)
Virtual directories mapped to UNC paths could not be accessed by "normal" user profiles, only by Windows or AD user profilesEach virtual folder has its own impersonation criteria, so even "normal" user profiles can access virtual folders mapped to remote UNC paths

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