DropBox, iPad, and Windows 2012 R2 Server

Hello all,
Let me preface this that I know very little about iPads.
A client of mine has several iPads that they use for business and are using DropBox on them.
They want to save the data in the DropBox to the Windows 2012 R2 server that is running AD.
To me it would be smartest to setup a couple of Windows PCs that are part of the domain with the DropBox accounts then have the data on those PCs be on one of the mapped drives of the file server.
Is their an easier way than this to do it from the iPads without opening up the AD to everyone?
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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K_WilkeAsked:
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CESNetwork AdministratorCommented:
So the simple answer is to install Dropbox on the server, which is a no-no.  Why do they want it saved on the server?  Or more specifically, are they trying to save it to a network drive so as to make for easy access?

When installed, DopBox creates a folder in the C:\users\%username% folder on the PC (so C:\users\%username%\DropBox).  This syncs to the cloud drop box account which then also syncs with the file system on the iPad (not much more detail needs to be said about the iPad)

Unfortunately, DopBox is not supported on network shares so you'll need some type of second step to get the data to the server:

https://www.howtogeek.com/246590/how-to-change-the-location-of-your-dropbox-folder/

You could use a scheduled task to copy the data or use a program to the server. (SyncToy from Microsoft is great for this but needs to be run manually).  There are also real-time sync programs out there like RealTimeSync, DirSync Pro, Dsynchronize, etc... that might be better if they want changes made on the network share to go back to DropBox.


With this sort of setup I would make a CYA disclaimer that because DropBox doesn't support network shares, you are setting up an un-tested work around.

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Shaun VermaakTechnical SpecialistCommented:
Instead of Dropbox you can set up a OwnCloud server
https://owncloud.org/install/ 

If you just want a shared folder between these Dropbox accounts, set up a shared folder and share it with all the Dropbox accounts with Edit rights
K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
I will have to do it from a computer.
hey want to save it on the server just in case some rogue employee tries to delete some information from DropBox.
Thank you for your help
K_WilkeAuthor Commented:
Thank you much
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