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Friday, November 30, 2012

Online Access to File Server

When speaking about file server, normally it refers to Windows File Server such as Windows 2003 or Windows 2008. People got used to accessing the file server from the “Map Network Drive …” command in Windows XP or Windows 7 within a local area network. This is widely used in businesses as the Microsoft Network Share.

With the VPN (Virtual Private Network), the access of the Windows File Server can be extended to outside of business premise, such as from home. The method of access is the same. You would right click on the Computer and select “Map network drive …”

Now. Web browser technology is getting better; mobile devices are getting smarter; cloud storage and cloud based services are getting more popular. It is time to ask the question:

Can I access my file server, such as creating folders, upload and download documents from web browsers and mobile devices?  Can I access the file server from desktop client and from file servers in other city, without using a VPN?

With Gladinet Cloud, yes you can!

The product you need is Gladinet Cloud Team Edition. The solution is to install Gladinet Cloud Server on the file server and enable remote access through Gladinet Cloud account.

Step 1 – Sign up for Gladinet Cloud Team Edition

You can go to www.gladinet.com and scroll to the “for Teams” section and sign up for a team account.

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Step 2 – Download Gladinet Cloud Server

For the file server that you want to have online access, you can download Gladinet Cloud Server from the Gladinet Cloud web portal after you login.

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Step 3 – Install Gladinet Cloud Server

After you installed the Gladinet Cloud Server, you can right click on the “Gladinet Cloud Drive” and attach local folder to your “Gladinet Cloud” account.

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Step 4 – View the File Server Folder Online

In web browser, you can see folders with this icon (folderpc). The folder name will look like this:

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This tells that the folder is an attached folder from jerry-HP2 machine. It doesn’t matter where the machine is or behind firewall, you will be able to access the machine from web browser, mobile devices or from other file server (e.g. in a different city) or from remote desktop PC.

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For More Information, Please visit :

Gladinet Cloud Server White Paper

Online Access to File Server White Paper

Thursday, November 8, 2012

File Server Content in the Cloud

Migrating an existing file server to the cloud is an important use case. This article talks about the Gladinet Cloud Server solution that can help migrating your file server content to cloud seamlessly.

The Challenges

Public cloud storage solutions have become increasingly convenient as they enable anywhere access to files and folders for web browsers, desktops and mobile devices, with sync and share capabilities. It is also very easy for team members to collaborate over the Internet.

However, your file server sitting in the office local area network (LAN) still provides the key file storage functionality and team collaboration functionality through network shares. You would like to adopt cloud storage technology and the new use cases it enables. But simply, you can't get rid of your file server. Additionally, you want to make your file server easily replaceable but it just has too much data to have an easy solution.

The situation is even more complicated when you have multiple file servers on multiple sites, where inter-site collaboration is desired.

The resulting challenge for large and small businesses is to provide convenient access methods to file server content over the Internet; and unifying the namespace from distributed file servers for central access, while at the same time, migrate file server content to cloud storage so the file server becomes increasingly replaceable.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise Quick Start Video

There are many ways you can use a Gladinet Cloud Enterprise installation.

If you are an Enterprise, you can use Gladinet Cloud Enterprise to enable mobile access to your enterprise file server;

If you are a company adopting private cloud storage such as EMC Atmos or OpenStack Swift, you can use Gladinet Cloud Enterprise to turn your private cloud storage services into a company-wide file sync & share and team collaboration solution, with browser access, mobile access and various desktop access;

If you are a service provider managing Windows file server, MS Exchange and other services for customers, you can give each customer a Gladinet Cloud Enterprise server, which will give each customer a managed file sync & share solution.

So it is very cool, the only question is how to get started. There are various documentation and white paper on http://www.gladinet.com/CloudEnterprise/ to help.

Now here is a quick start video, which will provide a closer and more in depth look to help you get started.