For these customers, the ability to map Amazon S3 as a Network Drive is critical. Drive mapping allows them to double click on a file and editing it in place. From a usability perspective, there is no more user interface to learn because hard drive, or USB drive and now a cloud based drive is a very familiar concept in Windows user interface.
This article will document the steps it takes to map Amazon S3 as a network drive with the latest Gladinet Cloud Desktop.
Step 1 – Getting StartedAfter downloading and installing Gladinet Cloud Desktop, there are two places you can mount your Amazon S3 bucket as a network drive. First you can do it from the Management Console.
The other place is from the Gladinet Cloud Desktop System-Tray icon. You can click on the My Gladinet Drive menu entry first. After that, you can click on the ‘Click to mount [cloud storage]’ entry to initiate the mounting process.
Step 2 – Mounting WizardThere are several Amazon S3 related entries for you to mount Amazon S3. Mostly it is based on region, such as US-East (US), US-West, EU and Asia regions.
If you have Amazon S3 compatible storage, such as Dunkel, Scality or Eucalyptus/Walus based cloud storage services, you can use the Amazon S3 Compatible Storage entry.
Step 3 - Name Your Amazon S3 Folder (for Windows Explorer)In this step, you would name the virtual directory that represent your Amazon S3 Bucket. A good practice is to name it the same as your Amazon S3 bucket.
Now you will need to put in the Amazon S3 credentials. You will need to login to your http://aws.amazon.com/account/ web portal to get your account information.
That is it! Now you have a network drive, with Amazon S3 Bucket showing up as a folder.
If you wish to both map the drive to amazon s3 and also share your drive with your colleagues as a Microsoft Network Share, you can use Gladinet CloudAFS product.
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