File Sharing Software

File sharing is the practice of distributing or providing access to digital media, such as computer programs, multimedia (audio, images and video), documents or electronic books. Common methods of storage, transmission and dispersion include manual sharing utilizing removable media, centralized servers on computer networks, World Wide Web-based hyperlinked documents, distributed peer-to-peer networking (P2P) and cloud-based file syncing.

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Hi,

We are looking for a self hosted 'dropbox' style software that will give us all the functionality of dropbox, but with the program and master copy of the files hosted on our server.
We currently have dropbox installed on our server and have shared the folder using windows shares for approx. 10 local computers. As the files are hosted in dropbox, we are able to give access, via dropbox, to a number of external users and organisations. This is great, as they can view files from the web portal, laptops and mobile devices - without any complex configuration.

Our issues with dropbox are:

1. It's not really designed for this sort of scenario (shared over the LAN), but we dont want to install the client on every computer, as files wont be locked when in use by other users which leads to duplicates. Additionally, if dropbox crashes on one computer, and the client doesn't notice, it will lead to a backlog of unsynced files. Multiply this by 10 computers and it can get rather messy.

2. Dropbox doesn't officially run as a system service, which means a user account must always be logged in on the server. It is also increasingly prone to crashing. We are increasing having to log into the server to restart dropbox

3. As external users and organisations increase, it’s becoming increasing difficult to track the amount of dropbox accounts and shares that we have

4. Dropbox is usually stuck syncing thousands of files to their server, and is never fully upto date with the…
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I started with Dropbox for a large directory of files on one computer and it offers dropbox links for all of the files. I activated dropbox on a new computer and it picks up all the files that the first computer has but the files don't offer dropbox links. What needs to be done to get dropbox links on both machines?
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Hello

I am using Dropbox to backup my computer files.
If I'm hit with a virus, normally my files that are on my Dropbox (located on my Drive) will be infected.
What about those on the cloud at Dropbox.com ?
Are they safe ? I mean if I format my PC and redownload Dropbox files... will I get the virus-free version ?
Thanks.
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Hi there I'm setting up an FTP server over SSL using IIS manager on windows server 2012 r2. I have gotten to the point where I've set up the FTP server and when I try to connect internally using winSCP it establishes the TLS connection but when reading the directory I get the error "Transfer channel can't be opened. Reason: No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it. Could not retrieve directory listing. Data channel timed out."
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I have a very simple exports files

/chroots   cati.vm.domain.com(rw,sync)
/chroots/talex/myhome web.vm.domain.com(rw,sync)


The first one has been there and works fine - the second one, I can't get to work... not sure if it's because I the second export is a subdir of the first?.... but when I try to mount it on the client, it just hangs and never completes.

Here is the fstab config I am using

192.168.1.29:/chroots/talex/myhome  /mnt/talexftp  nfs  _netdev,soft  0  0

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any ideas?
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I have many large folders on the server that I believe no one is using. I would like to set up logging over the next six months to verify no one is accessing them. Then I can safely archive the folders.

This is running on a Windows 2012 R2server.

I am finding software to report on this that is too expensive. I'd rather use windows event logging to track this or anything less than $150.

How is this set up and how do I report on this?
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I have a potential new client that needs help.  They currently have 3TB of data stored on Dropbox.  They are a design firm and the files are fairly large, between 800MB and 1GB per file.  Since their desktop computers do not have space to store all 3TB of data, they use selective sync and/or visit the Dropbox website and download the file the need.  They are spending too much time waiting for files to upload/download and are asking me for a better solution.  One option is to install a NAS with a gigabit switch.  This solution will help with when working from within the office but how about when someone wants to work from outside the office?  

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Hi all, I've been working on doing some automated uploads for my website and I came across WinSCP. It seems great, but I'm stuck on the scheduling part. I have the generated code and I'm in the Windows 7 task scheduler. It says I need to add an argument, but do not know what to put there. The code generated doesn't fit. Thanks!
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During and after that shift to cloud, one area that still poses a struggle for many organizations is what to do with their department file shares.
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Hi,

We currently use Dropbox and Google Drive for sharing various different documents and files on a one to one basis... however i'd like to set up a shared folder (hub) and store key files that are used on a regular basis, and not just for once off sharing.


It is important that I can set various different permissions as i don't want various departments updating or editing some of the files and docs.

From your experience, which is a more suitable platform for a shared hub of files (not online docs)? We will always use Google Drive for docs and sheets, but which is better for a file storage repository case... Google Drive or Dropbox?

Here are some example file types and use cases that might explain this better:

- logos
- brand guidelines
- stock images
- templates (code)

It is important that 90% of the team can only read and copy the files, and that senior management are the only members of staff who can edit them.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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I have many winscp ftp website, login, password
Rather than me looking through email, and sms to figure out what the passwords are,

how can I backup the passwords in a file
and use that same file to restore in a new windows 10 computer
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I recently came across a customer that is starting a new business they have 4tb of data in posters and stuff that would like to keep, also they need to have access to the data via the web, they have a fairly new windows server 2008 r2 that i would be adding a bigger HD to it, what would be an easier way for them to be able to access the files from the web, i was thinking VPN, but they have the one server to do it all, I had them get a small pfsense firewall, i guess my question is, What could be a secure easy way for them to access the files while in conferences.
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I was given the task of holding all files(mainly Word, Excel and PDf's)  that 2 sites will use in my location and then the users will map a drive to have access. Permissions will also be an issue not all users can see every folder.
Also we need to think about encryption ( don't need files on server to be encrypted) just the transfer of the files.

We will also need to backup to their location for disster recovery.

We do not want to put files in the cloud.....

Looking for advice, experiences that could help us decide which is the right route to take.
Thanks in advance
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We are looking for an FTP apps that we can click on a folder and get the total size of that folder, including its sub-folders; something like WinDirStat.  The most important is to get the size of the folders.  What FTP can we use?

Note: we are using FileZilla, but there is no option like what we want.
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Which program can be run which will allow you to see FTP folders as a mapped drive?
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Hi,

Background.
a client has multiple users who use Dropbox/SugarSync to enable them to take work home with them. These can be a mixture of business solutions or the free home use software.

A user leaves the company, disgruntled or not, and now has business data at home.

Using OneDrive/Dropbox/Sugarsync solutions is it possible to delete the data on the home PC remotely?

Thanks
Gareth
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I have a file storage / not OS drive that I'd like to tighten down on permissions.
Before doing this, I see these permissions:
Sharing:
Everyone
Guest
Security:
Everyone
Guest
CREATOR OWNER
SYSTEM
ACCOUNT UNKNOWN{.........}

My intent would be to change this to:
Sharing:
A (a Group)
B (another Group)
Security:
A (same group A as above)
B(same group B as above)
... and no other sharing and security permissions.
Group A will have write privileges.
Group B will have Read Only privileges.

Users:
AA and BB would be standard users.
AA will be a member of  Group B (Read Only) most of the time and Group A (Write) some of the time.
BB will be a member of Group B (Read Only)  all of the time.

Having deleted the current users, is there a downside to doing that?
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HI,

Just wondering if anyone out there knows how to lock a word file whilst another user is accessing the same file. I have shared folders and files stored in dropbox but trying to avoid duplication of files.

Thanks.
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When I use filezilla on multiple computers to try to connect to my external FTP server, all users are getting this error message:

FTP
I think I know why, when checking my local DNS server, there's multiple entries for my server name, which is levi.
The reason is because I have 15 websites that use SSL and each has a different IP address.  So it looks like when filezille tries to connect, it starts going through the list and tries the different IPs, and it fails on all of them until i uses the correct IP address of the server.
I have ran the network configuration wizard, and configured the external IP address, but it's still not accepting it or using it, as it's still failing by trying all those IPs which are in my local DNS on my network.

Does anyone know of a fix for this?
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Hi Guys

I am building tutorial how to safely open links in email from Dropbox or google drive .

Do you know any manual or tutorial ?

thank you
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Hi,

I have a server running filezilla server and is configured with ftp over tls.

I know this server is fine because I can connect and upload files fine from a number of locations.   However I have an issue in one particular location behind a watchguard firewall.

The connection establishes successfully and sometimes it can upload a file or part of a file before it fails when configured to ftp over tls.
If I change to ftp it works fine.

I have read that this can sometimes be an mtu issue but don't know how or where to change this.   Please can anyone shed light on this.  

Attached is the filezilla server log and errors it sees.
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I'm thinking that one approach to protecting files is to make them write-protected most of the time.
- One idea would be to use a User Profile that has no write privileges - but then there's really no need for a User to be logged into the computer anyway.  But maybe it could be done (i.e. logged in) as a default.
- Another idea would be to switch the permissions on the drive (but propagating that might take too long).

The idea is to switch the capability, write some files and switch back.  Thus, minimizing the write window in time.
Probably a scheduled task.  Perhaps a Powershell script.

I'm looking for ideas.
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Many of the companies I’ve worked with have embraced cloud solutions due to their desire to “get out of the datacenter business.” The ability to achieve better security and availability, and the speed with which they are able to deploy, is far greater than traditional on-prem options.


During and after that shift to cloud, though, one area that still poses a struggle for many organizations is what to do with their department file shares.  I’m sure you’re thinking “there are all kinds of solutions,” and most of them are far better than a traditional network share.  I’d agree with you; however, many organizations have a workforce that is accustomed to this old process.  While solutions like SharePoint, One Drive for Business, and Dropbox are nice and have additional features, most organizations still prefer the Windows file share.  


One solution that holds promise is Microsoft’s Azure File Services.  The offering was originally intended to enable companies to move applications that interacted with file shares to Azure, and it was only accessible from Virtual Machines within the same Azure data center when it was first released.  But last year Microsoft released an update that leverages SMB 3.0 and enables users to securely connect to the shares from any location.


There are some limitations if you’re looking to deploy Azure File Services within your organization.  The biggest that I found was that not all internet service providers (ISPs), such as Comcast and Charter Spectrum, will allow port 45 access across their networks.  (Here is a list of known ISPs that do and don’t block this.)


The other major limitation at this time is while you can assign Azure AD permissions to the share, when a user connects, they have to authenticate with the Azure Storage Account and key. This requirement means that everyone is authenticating with the same account.  Microsoft is aware this is a short-coming and is supposed to be addressing it in the future with an update to the service.


These two limitations aside, I see the service being useful for organizations that need to archive data and only allow access from a limited number of individuals or systems.  As Azure storage is a low-cost retention solution, the data at rest can easily be encrypted with Azure encryption services.

If you’d like to try Azure File Services for yourself, follow these steps:

Go to the Azure management portal and log in with your account.


Make sure when naming the resource to use all lower case letters (this is a Microsoft Configuration requirement).  For Account Kind, make sure to select “General Purpose.” For our demo we’ll be using Standard performance disks and Geo-redundant Storage.  We’ve also enabled Encryption to show you how easy this function is.


Once the storage account has been created, browse to it and under File Service click Files. You see a sub screen and the Create File Share Button: click it, give your file share a name, specify how large you’d like it to be, and click Create.


Congratulations – you’ve just created your first Azure File Share.  But wait! You’re asking, “How do I connect to this file share?”


If you click on Connect it will give you the command syntax to connect from either a Windows or a Linux machine.  Remember, your ISP may be blocking port 445.  However once you do connect you can upload files and interact like a normal file share. 


Look for future updates from Microsoft on this feature to add additional security and the ability to assign individualized permissions based on Azure AD accounts.

Alternatively, if you are considering Azure for your organization but need additional expertise for deployment and management services, learn more about public cloud management services like those from Concerto Cloud. 

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File Sharing Software

File sharing is the practice of distributing or providing access to digital media, such as computer programs, multimedia (audio, images and video), documents or electronic books. Common methods of storage, transmission and dispersion include manual sharing utilizing removable media, centralized servers on computer networks, World Wide Web-based hyperlinked documents, distributed peer-to-peer networking (P2P) and cloud-based file syncing.

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