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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We are looking for an alternative to SharePoint Foundation 2010 which is coming to end of life.
There is the possibility to move to Foundation 2013 (still free), but this also has only a few years of life left.

There are a confusing amount of possible alternatives out there and before I start sifting through them I thought I would ask the Experts what they thought.
We are happy to have either a cloud based or on premise solution and although what we have now is free we would be prepared to pay a little for something that has wow appeal.

We are a construction company and use SharePoint as a document store, photo gallery and very basic workflow (question/answer lists) for each of the 5 - 10 projects we are working on. What we like most is it is storage with meta data (who posted, who modified, when and various custom columns we have created) much more useful than just storing in folders as we did in the past. More document management than collaboration.

Our Intranet (only AD users are ever likely to to use it) needs are:

1. Storage for Word, Excel, PDF files with meta data we can add (Who, When, Where, Custom Columns etc), and batch upload/download.
2. Very simple Workflow. An uploaded or emailed document sits there until it has been actioned, after which it becomes easily identifiable as complete.
3. Photo Gallery - Single or multiple uploads, Albums, Thumbnail views, Auto Date stamping, Indexing.
4. Custom permissions on each site and within each site for …
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i am looking one FTP Server /solution which can perform these

1)integrate with AD for authentication
2)per user i can map specific  folders  only (for example if he/she login to she/he can see only folders assigned to her/him back in FTP Server)
3)network shares (on NAS) can be mapped in FTP Server

ultimate goal is to provided users shared folders to work out of office without VPN
please anyone can guide regarding this ?
We’re having an issue with Autocad DWG files not locking when opened by a user.  A user will open a file on a windows share and start to edit, then another user will open the same file and the first user’s session will go from read/write to read only.  Here’s the rub:  It’s incredibly inconsistent.  Most of the time it works as advertised, but once or twice per day (70 users in the environment) someone will complain that it just went read-only for no reason.  The way it’s supposed to work is, when a file is opened the original gets changed from a .dwg to a .bak and a .dwl and .dwl2 file is written to the same directory to “lock” the file so other users can’t edit it.  The problem seems to be that sometimes the .dwl and .dwl2 files aren’t written to the share for 15 or 20 minutes (sometimes not at all) instead of writing there immediately (as far as I can tell).  When user 2 opens the same file, their computer will not see a .dwl or .dwl2 file and then it will create them, locking user 1’s drawing mid-flight.
Autodesk says this can be caused by network latency.  But I’ve checked and any users having the issue have <1ms ping to the server.  I’ve filtered out .dwl and .dwl2 files from antivirus but it seems to continue to happen.

All users on windows 10 x64 hard wired in, not on wifi
Server is 2008r2
Users all in the same permission groups
Having issues with FTP in IIS 6.0.  For some reason when trying to login with FileZilla I get the following error EAI_NONAME.
WEBDAV SSL issue with FileExplorer.

IE have the necessary trusted sites. This has also worked without issues before.

Doing some reflection I found the dates, from the "verify that you want to stay logged in(new box appeared 3 month ago)" till today, it is about 3 month (90 days)
Could this be a "grace period" for authentication ?

To me it is kinda clear this is a Authentication issue. Logging back into the site from IE, solves the fileshare "access denied". This works till computer is restarted.

Does anyone have an input/fix for this issue ?
I’m mainly interested in getting a solution as this problem has been irritating me for about 10 days now and I have connected both with Apple support and branchfire support ( the developers of the I-annotate app), you guys are my last resort and I really hope to get some help please.

Noor Mohamed
Hi Experts,
we are having major issues with the data transfer to an azure server for RDS (remote desktop services) from an Azure vault. The process fails whereas before restoration did work. Something seems to have  changed.

We have approx 300gb successfully uploaded to an azure container , however
During the remote session we replicated the issue on the source server “xxxserver” with the exact same error.
We also tested selecting “Individual Files and Folders” option for where we were able to transfer over 100MB with success. Albeit at a slower speed than under the volume option.
Microsoft is raising this issue internally and will provide further feedback.
In the meantime, we had agreed to wait for tonight’s schedule backup to occur of server “xxxserver”. Once completed, initiate a “Individual Files and Folders” recovery of the entire C volume to the F: drive of server “AZxxx-FS01” and let it run over the weekend.

We have contacted Microsoft but don’t seem to be getting anywhere,
Is there a faster way to upload documents into the RDS server than transferring from azure container?A key issue is that the data needs to remain intact with original file name and structure.
so if there is software that allows VSS file transfer into the azure platform can do the transfer.

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I want a local based office documents management system, I don't mind on a local nas server or something like that. We have a lot of sales employees who get a take invoices and receipts. and it just keeps piling up. I think a paperless office is the way office. scan it, shred it, search and use it anytime.

some features I can find online:

1. Approval Workflow

An invoice, a vacation application or another document needs to be approved by one or several people before next steps?

2. Sharing

Share documents, folders, sections or even the whole account to anyone you like. With "View" permissions they can only see the document; with "Edit" they can also edit the meta data.

3. Notifications

Set and get automatic notifications for changes in documents, folders or sections as often as you choose.

4. File versions

You can upload a new version of a document and preserve the existing metadata and all earlier versions of the file

5. Reminders

Whenever you need a notification at a certain date and time, just set up a reminder!

6. Powerful search

We have built in a powerful search so you can search documents not only by the file name but also document's title and metadata,

I created a new file server with Access-based enumeration. All files and group seem to be correct. One department can't see the other department and vis versa. I created a GPO to add the shared data, that is the Y drive. I set the properties on the Y drive, for action i set it to update, the location to the shared drive, set it to reconnect.

When users try to access the Y drive they get the attached error. If they click on the Y drive a few times it will let them in eventually. Once they are in the Y Drive if they navigate around and hit back space, they might get this error as well. It seems to loose the connection somewhere.
My DC is running Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise and my file server is Windows 20012 R2 Standard
Hey all - I have a client that has quite a bit of data on dropbox, that they need to share remotely. Yet due to the critical nature of the data, we need a means of backing the data up internally.    Anyone come across a means of doing this?  I suggest they change how the use Dropbox and only hang files out there when needed remotely and keep the data secured internally.  
Thoughts? Ideas

Thanks and a Healthy & Happy New Year to all!!
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Hello tech guys and gals,

I have a Linux only network on our production system that has 2 file server guests installed in an ESXi server.  Said server contains 4 rotational disks of 250 gb each.  2 disks contain the vm images and related files while the other 2 disks are reserved for the file server as storage medium.  They are mirrored with drbd and heartbeat, so effectively giving me block level replication of the entire drive.  That's working fine.

My question is as follows.  I want to upgrade to solid state drives with similar HA and replication, but I'm curious to know if there is a better way?  My thought is to partition the storage drives into separate volumes and use nfs or something similar to only allow certain hosts to access certain partitions, effectively isolating the data for an application at a partition level instead of a permissions controller based on uid and gid and chmod.

From a security perspective, I can see that being a little more secure.  What about from a performance perspective?  Would keeping the rotational drives as extra space or maybe using them as secondaries work just the same, only slightly slower?

If I did keep the rotational drives, does chopping it into multiple partitions affect the speed to any measurable degree?
I have tunneled mixed linux and windows clients to a 'within-firewall client' (that could access the share's host) before, so I know that that, at least, is possible.

But what about tunneling directly from the client to the host of the network share?

Can I have samba listen on port, say, 5559 (just an example), and only accept connections from localhost, and tunnel a client's 5559 to that host - so that the client appears to be connecting from host's localhost? I can't figure out how to set it up. So far, I have samba configured:

hosts allow = ::1 lo
interfaces = lo
bind interfaces only = yes
And I'm tunneling from the host:

ssh -R 5559:localhost:5559 shrusr@shrhost -Nf
However, if samba is already running, than TCP forwarding fails. If the tunnel is already running, than samba cannot start. Is what I'm trying to accomplish possible? Is there some other way to do it?

It seems like it should work - I can even netcat myself files across that ssh tunnel. So, netcat has no problem listening to the same port as ssh. Only smbd refuses, and also blocks ssh from that port if started first.

Any advice would be appreciated.
Which is the best solution/setup for synchronizing Excel och Google Sheets, restrict viewing of specific cells and automatic sharing upon change in specific cells/columns/rows (and automatic e-mail notification)?

So far, I've found these possible solutions:

1. For synching (Sync Sheet):
1. For synching (Sheetgo):
1. For synching (G Suite):
2. For sharing portions of an Excel sheet:
3. For automatic sharing and e-mail notification upon change:!topic/docs/QyMJDt2ld28

Then there is also Zapier, but I'm not sure where in above it fits in:

Or would I really not need any other software, just to use MS Excel and Google Sheets?
Hi experts, which software supports the communications from different locations (people can talk to each other in different locations) and also allows the users to upload, download and share files.
I have been playing around with one of these Synology NAS devices and am trying to figure out how to configure the device so that I can access the Shared files remotely from a laptop or desktop offsite. I would like to have direct file access like a mapped network location using the "Add Network Location" wizard built into Windows. I mapping using this utility and using: https://(external ip):5501 but am not able to connect. I have 5501 port forwarded to 5001 (which I believe to be the port the Synology device uses.

Has anyone else successfully configured this type of use using this device?
Hello Experts,

I have problems with BitTorrent Sync on Synology NAS: I have two identical NAS (Synology DS 214, Version DSM 6.1.3-15152 Update 3) where I configured BitTorrent Sync Package (Version 2.3.7-1) to synchronize data between two distant locations.

This worked fine for some months, but recently I found one of the two NAS fails to send new files to the other one. The NAS where it fails contains quite a lot of data (lots more than the other one), the synchronized data (one shared folder) it's about 870 GB, 370000 files in 23500 directories, overall there is about 1,1 TB, 520000 files in 39000 directories - the filesystem is EXT4.

I checked the BitTorrent log and found a large amount of error messages like this:
[20170826 05:26:49.206] MC[1CCF] [18FC]: processing get_nodes message for /NAS_II/<Path>/<Filename>
[20170826 05:26:49.207] MC[1CCF] [18FC]: too many nodes to send 190671, stopping at /NAS_II/<Path>/<Filename>

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I searched for info about this message and found a hint this probably could be solved by increasing the  ( Max torrent metadata size in advanced preferences.

Question: Does anyone know if there may exist other reasons for these log messages?

Now I tried to change this but found there seems to be a problem with the settings files, it seems for any reason they're not updated after I changed the settings (via BitTorrent Sync's WebGui), when I view the settings after I changed them they look ok, but when I restart BitTorrent Sync and check the settings they're turned back to the values they had before.

I found the settings are stored in a file settings.dat
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?
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.

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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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?


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.


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.
Hi There,
This could be an issue of a lack of understanding on my part. So, apologies in advance if my questions seems silly.

At the moment I have configured OpenLDAP and I have one FTP server using proftpd. I have made a test user who i want to be an admin. I have got it to log in to ftp with my test user.

My goal is to set it up thay my admin user can see client folders but not other admin folders. I want the client users to be locked down to their own folder only.

Before I can progress with my goal. I am running into an issue where I cannot auto create my LDAP users home folder on the ftp environment. I have exhausted my googling fingers and thought I would see if there was anyone here who knew how to do this and maybe see where I am going on. This is my first time playing around with this stuff so, any advice on this I would appreciate.
how to get the WAN external IP address my PC is using into a file that can be saved - using batch file commands?
I need one help reg. FTP through CMD.

I have scheduled one task to FTP the files to the remote server for every 10 minutes daily.
Its working fine.
But sometime the connection from remote server is get lost. Because of this my files are not transferring at that time.
Can anyone help , how to track and get into my knowledge whenever the FTP connection lost from the remote server. (Example : like getting email whenever connection , etc.,)

Kindly guide me regarding this.

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.