How to put users’ homes on shared folders

Syncplify.me Server! version: 4.0.5+

Some of our Syncplify.me Server! users prefer to store their users’ home folders (actually VFSs as of version 4.0) on a different machine via shared folders. For example, instead of having your user’s home point to C:\SFTPData\MyUser you want to have it point to \\10.5.123.9\SFTPData\MyUser.

This is a perfectly reasonable and fairly common request. As of version 4.0, Syncplify.me Server! provides a variety of methods to accomplish this goal.

The first step is always the same: creating a VFS that points to the network-shared folder, like this:

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Once the VFS is created, you can proceed and create a User profile that uses the newly created VFS as its “home”. And this is where you have many options.

For example, if your entire infrastructure runs on Windows (including the machine that shares the folder) and all your systems are ActiveDirectory-aware, then you can specify the user type as “Active Directory” and impersonate the home VFS as “this user”: Continue reading

Syncplify.me Server! v4: the Virtual File System (VFS)

Syncplify.me Server! version: 4.0.0+

One of the biggest additions to the upcoming version 4.0 of Syncplify.me 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

Syncplify.me Server! v4: Encrypted File System

Syncplify.me Server! version: 4.0.0+

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

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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

Syncplify.me Server! v4: the all-new VFS

Syncplify.me Server! version: 4.0.0+

One of the biggest changes that version 4 will bring to Syncplify.me 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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New release: Syncplify.me Server! v3.1.2.42

We have just released Syncplify.me Server! v3.1.2.42. This new version delivers the following fixes and new features:

  • new “virtual files” feature: through its scripting framework (associated to the event-handling subsystem) Syncplify.me Server! can now rewrite on the fly all RETR (download) and STOR (upload) command parameters and redirect them to other files anywhere on the addressable file system
  • fixed a bug that, in some cases, prevented Syncplify.me Server! from correctly formatting and sending log lines to a remote SysLog server

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

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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