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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Turn OpenStack Swift into an Enterprise File Sync and Share Solution

OpenStack Swift is used more and more in Enterprise. This article covers one of the key use case of OpenStack Swift, by turning it into an Enterprise File Sync and Share (EFSS) solution.

There are three aspects of the EFSS solution that makes it Enterprise ready.

(1) Active Directory Integration, and possibly cover multiple active directories or even multiple forests.

(2) Scripting Interface to provision the service to end users.

(3) Scale the solution up to support hundreds of thousands of users.

In this article, we will cover the PowerShell scripting interface to provision the service to an end user in the Active Directory. At the end, we will show a video demo which covers the process from end to end. 

Background Information

We will use the PowerShell scripting interface to connect the following e100_home OpenStack Swift container to an active directory user e100@tsys.gladinet.com

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Below is an Active Directory user e100@tsys.gladinet.com. We will provision the File Sync and Share solution to this user.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Multiple Active Directory Forests Support

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise is a private Enterprise file sync, share and collaboration solution. When it comes to enterprise solution, Active Directory support is a must-have feature.

In the past, Gladinet Cloud Enterprise supports multiple active directories from one single forest. For example, you can point to the root domain such as ACME.com and all the users from us.ACME.com, uk.ACME.com, apec.ACME.com are all available to the file sync and share solution here.

Enterprises’ active directory infrastructure can get complicated. For example, through merger and acquisition, the enterprise may have multiple active directories all co-exist at the same time, while these active directories are all independent. Now Gladinet Cloud Enterprise adds the feature to support multiple independent active directory forests.

Here is a quick How-To guide on how to enable the multiple active directory forests support.

Enable the Multiple Domain Support

Login as a cluster admin and check the option ‘Enable Multiple AD Domain Support’ option under Cluster Settings\Settings.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Allow Cluster Admin to Manage Tenants’ Management Scope

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise is a private file sync and share solution. It comes with two flavors, one for single company, the enterprise flavor and the other for multi-tenant service provider flavor. This article is about the multi-tenant service provider solution.

As a service provider, sometimes you have multiple roles. Not only do you need to manage the cluster wide settings and configurations and the overall health of the system, you also need to help tenants manage the tenants’ management scope.

In the past, the two management scope are handled by two different users in the system. First is the cluster administrator and second is the tenant administrator for each tenant.

Now it is possible to consolidate the two management roles into one.

Tenant Gives the Permission

Now a cluster admin can manage Tenants directly from her own Tenant Manager Web portal. Once the ‘Allow Cluster Admin to Manage My Tenant’ group policy setting is enabled by a tenant, the cluster admin can directly manage the tenants.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Use PowerShell to Manage User and User’s Home Directory

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise is a private file sync and share solution for enterprise.  As an administrator for the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise solution, you may be responsible for setting up home directories for users in the solution.

PowerShell is very convenient for this kind of task. Today’s example is using PowerShell to setup a home directory version folder after the user has been created.

For demonstration purpose, we will use the PowerShell ISE. Since the ISE has the help panel, it is very easy to see each PowerShell commands.

In this example, The GCE server is at 192.168.2.11, the administrator is joe@gladinet.com and the password is dddddddd.

PowerShell ISE

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