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Build 9.3.5227 (Mar 19, 2018)

What's new in this week's CentreStack Release? Check out the details below...
CentreStack: 9.3.5227.40764  |  Widows Client: 9.3.2465.40750  |  Mac Client: 9.3.40725
Enhanced web portal to upload files larger than 1500M. Now support syncing files with leading period in the name. To support it, you must add the setting IncludeDotFile=True in Centrestack installation\root\web.config, and restart the client.When the user list is shown in the Dashboard/Team Folder Permission List, we now always sort alphabetically by name.Enhanced active directory (AD) user login with direct AD integration.If Allow Creating Guest User is disabled in the user Role, prevent users from creating guest user when sharing in the Windows Client.When Sharing is not allowed in user Role, prevent users from sharing.Enhanced KeePass support.Disable Folder Permission for Team Folder published from Tenant Home Storage.Allow user to visit subfolders in Team Folder, when the user has access permission, even when t…

System Diagnostic Report Feature in CentreStack

Hi there. I’m Tom Roe, Product Evangelist for CentreStack. And in this video, I want to demonstrate how the new System Diagnostic Report works.

So, from the Cluster Admin Dashboard in the Web Portal, on the right-hand side, click System Diagnostic Report to get started. (Narrative continues below...)

This tool analyzes your installation to ensure that all the parameters are set-up correctly. To get a report on these parameters, simply click the text, “Start System Scan to Generate Report”.
As you can see, this tool quickly assesses your setup parameters and shows you items that need your attention.
Initially we decided to collect the most common settings where issues occur for new users of CentreStack, but in the weeks ahead, we will be adding more items to this list to make you aware of any other issues that may be present.  
That’s it for this video. I hope it was helpful for getting you started in understanding the System Diagnostic Report feature. Please like and share and don’t …

Build 9.3.5204 (Mar 12, 2018)

What's new in this week's CentreStack Release? Check out the details below...
CentreStack: 9.3.5204.40705  |  Widows Client: 9.3.2461.40690
In Role Policy, add new policy 'Disable Mobile Client'. When the policy is checked, any user assigned to the policy cannot login App in mobile devices.When share a file/folder and enable 'Notify User' flag, do not send the notification to the user who made the change.Enhance Dashboard on web based management console.Fix a crash in Gladinet Cloud Monitoring service on Centrestack worker nodeWhen edit user, can list/assign Roles in Roles tab.Enhance web portal when edit share and show the existing users shared withWhen admin resets user's password, can let system generate a new random passwordPrevent user from sharing folder under 'Files shared with me' in Icon viewIn System Diagnostic Report, add checking for Email service.Support Backup Access Point in windows client. On worker node/root/web.config, admin can add…

CentreStack WebDAV Server Support for Editing Documents with GoodReader on iOS Devices

In the attached video, I will  show you how easy it is to setup a WebDAV server connection to your CentreStack folders and files.

CentreStack provides WebDAV Server Support primarily for Mobile Devices. This allows mobile applications like GoodReader on iOS devices to access and update files on the CentreStack cloud drive directly and ensures that the file changes will remain synchronized.

This is especially important with iOS devices like the iPhone and iPad, where applications do not directly communicate with other applications.

CentreStack has integrated WebDAV support to solve this. It does require you to have a valid SSL Certificate on the CentreStack server to take advantage of this feature. We are using GoodReader in this example of how to set it up.

As you can see, setting up a WebDAV connection with an application like GoodReader on your iOS device is very straightforward.

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Build 9.2.5175 (Mar 5, 2018)

What's new in this week's CentreStack Release? Check out the details below...
CentreStack: 9.3.5175.40642  |  Widows Client: 9.3.2452.40641  |  Mac Client: 9.2.40614
The admin and regular user tutorials have been improved.New settings have been added to User Account > Group Policy on Enforce 2-Step Verification. You can now select "Do not enforce 2-Step Verification" as an option for the Mac and Mobile Clients. We added "System Diagnostic Report" as a cluster setting. It scans the cluster and displays a status report.We now display quota usage information on the Dashboard view.The Web Portal Folder Icons is improved.We fixed the error that occurs when you view the External Sharing tab on a Hosted Tenant Team Folder from the Partner Portal.We improved how you Create Team Folder from Existing Folders as delegate admin.KeePass Password Safe support is enhanced.We improved sharing in a Windows Client, when a password is specified. We improved Windows Client S…

Build 9.2.5151 (Feb 26, 2018)

What's new in this week's CentreStack Release? Check out the details below...
CentreStack: 9.2.5151.40597  |  Widows Client: 9.2.2444.40587  |  Mac Client: 9.2.40571

When migrating tenant storage, we now support Data-at-rest Encryption (DARE) re-configuration; you can choose to enable/disable DARE during the back-end storage migration.CentreStack supports syncing files/folders with leading period (.) in the name. To enable it, you must add the setting, IncludeDotFile=True, to root\web.config on the worker node.Web Portal security has been enhanced.Web browse timeout default setting has been increased.Mobile token timeout setting has been increased. When you set auto-upgrade windows client/server agent, you can choose whether to upgrade the file driver.We fixed an error that occurred when you create a new S3 bucket on the Web Portal while attaching S3.The branded iOS/Android App link now shows on the login page of your mobile browser. "User has reached quota" notificat…

Bring Your File Server Experience to the Cloud :)

There are a lot of solutions for cloud-based file management on the Internet, so I think you should be aware of just how good CentreStack is for migrating your users and files to the cloud.

In this video I will show you how easy it is to use CentreStack’s Web Portal. I will also demonstrate how your users can easily install the Client software. I will show you the mapped Windows Cloud Drive. And finally, I will demonstrate some reliability and security features.
So, let’s get started. (script continues below...)

Typically, the CentreStack Administrator will create a Tenant which is like a company or division within your Management Console. This Tenant will have one or more Tenant administrator users assigned and other non-administrator users which have access to shared team folders. These folders have the same permissions and security settings you’re used to seeing in the Windows Active Directory.
I’m logging in as a standard user. As you can see the CentreStack Web Portal is like a …

Outlook Add-In for CentreStack

Recent updates have brought us many enhancements to CentreStack, including better access to file sharing for our Microsoft Outlook users.

As a Cluster Manager you can enable the Outlook Add-In, which is located in the Default Group Policy > Client Control > Native Client area of your management console.

This video shows you how to make use of this excellent addition to your Windows Client Workflow.

I cover three use-cases: AddFiles, AddFolder and RequestFile.

As you can see the Outlook Addin creates an easy and useful way for you to take advantage of CentreStack’s features from within an email. It handles all the difficult tasks of creating a shared space for you to interact with others using email to give them access to files and folders in your server.

Build 9.2.5103 (Feb 12, 2018)

We have a lot of enhancements and other updates in this week's CentreStack Release! Check out the details below...
CentreStack: 9.2.5103.40498  |  Widows Client: 9.2.2433.40481  |  Mac Client: 9.2.40434
When you uncheck 'Allow creation of guest user' in Tenant Access Control, Windows Client will not be able to create a Guest User while utilizing the File Sharing feture.We have improved the Web user interface (UI) when a sub-user attaches cloud storage. When an active director (AD) user is imported without publishing that user's home folder, the admin can later publish the user's home folder from User Manager interface.If you hit the Size Limit defined in the Cluster Settings while downloading a large folder, we now display a meaningful message in the Web Portal. The webdav interface has been enhanced, to improve the way large folders with many files are displayed. The UI for sharing on the Web Portal has been improved. When Share has been disabled, we now display a …

Workspace Team Folders and Collaboration in CentreStack

This awesome new feature allows project managers to take advantage of folders and in a way that allow for easier project access by specific people for specific lengths of time. You can now easily create a set of files and share them with your team; and with a single click remove access to those files when the project has come to an end. This very powerful feature was added in the February 5th, 2018 update to CentreStack and its Clients.

Setting up Single Sign-On (SSO) with CentreStack and Microsoft Azure

As you may know we have updated our Windows and Mac Clients to include the integration of Single Sign-On (SSO) capability. Setting this up requires you to connect your CentreStack SSO to a provider like Microsoft Azure. The following tutorial demonstrates how you can set this up with your Microsoft account.

Team Share Folders and Collaboration in CentreStack

I thought it might be helpful to walk through and demonstrate the collaborative environment of the Team Folder in CentreStack. The goal is to show that file, folder and user-permissions consistency is maintained between CentreStack and its clients. And that is what makes CentreStack such a great tool for team collaboration.

To accomplish this, I will be using three virtual machines for various access demos.

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On a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine I will login to the CentreStack Web Portal where I have a Tenant, ACME Co. This tenant has an admin, John Doe.

Then I jump over to a Windows Server 2016 where I have installed our Server Agent (SA). This is a virtual machine in my network and I am connecting with an IP address, but it could be located anywhere, and the Server Agent client allows it to connect with little effort, to the CentreStack server.

Logging in as the Tenant Admi…

Build 9.2.5084 (Feb 05, 2018)

This week's update includes some of the usual enhancements, where we are working very hard to make sure your CentreStack experience is easy and effective in your daily workflow.

CentreStack: 9.2.5084.40442  |  Widows Client: 9.2.2429.40436  |  Mac Client: 9.2.40434

The following features have been integrated or enhanced:
Data at rest encryption (DARE) has been improvedSupport has been added for Workspace Team Folders VIDEOManaging a dynamic shared folder workspace for a project can be challenging at the file-server level; when updating the contents and adding and removing users, this process can be difficult. Administrators can now create a Workspace as part of their CentreStack workflow. You can add existing folders and sub-folders as part of the team folder. This allows the Tenant Administrator to create an environment where new team-members can be easily added and removed from this Workspace share. File previews on a low-resolution screen have been improvedCreating a Team Folder…

Build 9.1.5057 (Jan 29, 2018)

Our weekly update is now available for your CentreStack and client installations.

Builds included in this update:
CentreStack: 9.1.5057.40385 | Windows Client: 9.1.2423.40381 | Mac Client: 9.1.40198

Build 9.1.5057.40385 (Jan 29, 2018)
Great news! Support for single sign-on (SSO) is now integrated into the Windows Client. When SSO is enabled, the Windows Client login shows the SSO link; follow this link to login.  When Enforce 2-Step Verification is enabled, within the Group Policy view of the User Account, there is now a new setting "Do not enforce 2-Step Verification on Windows Client". When this is selected, 2-Step Verification will not be enforced on the Windows Client. In Branding, under the Web Portal tab, we have added a new setting "Don't show the image on the left of the login page", which allows you to hide the left image on the Log-in Section.  The Web Portal, Group Manager, and user selection in Team Folder Collaborator/Permissions have received some c…

Modifying Permissions and User Access to Shared Team Folders in CentreStack

Modifying users permissions in a shared team folder in CentreStack has never been easier. In this tutorial I guide you through the process of how to add users to your share and give limited permissions to the contents of that folder. I also demonstrate user access and show you what messages the user receives as they attempt to access folders with and without permissions.

Please subscribe to our YouTube channel and let other know how CentreStack can help them migrate their files and users to the cloud while maintaining the permissions and security features all ready in place in their Windows File Server.

Migrating Shares to the Cloud with CentreStack

In this tutorial I cover how to migrate a share from Windows Server 2016 Files and Users to a Windows Server 2012 r2 with CentreStack.

To do this I create a new tenant in CentreStack and then jump over to the Server 2016 where I log-in to CentreStack as the tenant and download Windows Server Agent. With that client installed I instantly see any shares available on the Windows File system and can easily migrate those shares to the cloud.

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Updating CentreStack and its Clients

In this video Tom explains how easy it is to update all of your clients on Windows Server 2016, Windows 10 and macOS Sierra.

This process begins with going to the CentreStack Release History page where you download the latest GUI Tool for installing an update to your CentreStack installation. Then Tom goes step-by-step through updating the clients.

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Build 9.1.5031 (Jan 22, 2018)

Our weekly update is now available for updating your CentreStack installations and clients.

Builds included in this update:
CentreStack: 9.1.5031.40322 | Windows Client: 9.1.2417.40322 | Mac Client: 9.1.40198

Build 9.1.5031.40322 (Jan 22, 2018)
We have integrated support for Tenant Storage Migration: On the tenant Control Panel, you can create a background task that migrates the back-end data to a new storage.The user interface (UI) for sharing has been improved; we now include the ability to create a public link.Cluster Admins can now disable Active Directory Integration when editing a tenant under Access Control settings.CentreStack now sees deeply-nested subfolders when you attach Distributed File System (DFS) shares.Team (collaborator) Folder permissions and subfolder permissions in the Web Portal context menu are now consolidated. Low-resolutions screens are now better supported when previewing files on the Web Portal. The Web Portal Tutorial is now easily accessible by clicking t…

CentreStack Year 2017 Review Upcoming 2018 Advances

Another successful year has passed for the development team at CentreStack. This article will cover the enhancements and new features added during 2017 and I also share some goals for improvements coming in 2018.
CentreStack continues to focus on file server security and control and continues to bring the traditional file server security (such as NTFS permission) to the modern file sync and share access model.
Our developers are producing updates at breakneck speed. These new builds are released weekly, so our customers always have access to the best possible CentreStack experience. 2017 updates provided more than 3,000 changes, enhancements, and fixes to this robust platform. 50 Weekly Builds and More than 3,000 Code Check-ins! This article will focus on several areas of improvement: Ease of Use, Integration Enhancements, Security Enhancements, Mobile Access, Client Updates, Performance & Stability Improvements, and Opportunities for Growth in 2018. Ease of Use Management Consol…

Varonis DatAnywhere Alternative - File Sync and Share Solution - New Video!

CentreStack is a white label, file sync and share solution for managed service providers. We are competing with Varonis DatAnywhere for the managed services provider (MSP) file sync and share market space. If you are looking for a replacement for Varonis DatAnywhere, this is a great solution. 
Some key things you should consider when choosing a file sync and share solution include the following... True File System Driver for Selective Sync - On-demand sync, selective sync, native drive letter integration, mapped windows explorer driveNative Windows NTFS Integration - Integrated with Windows Active Directory (AD) with 100% integrated NTFS network share permissions, control access at a file-by-file granular level, AD user credentials pass through to CentreStack Web Portal accessTeam Folder Access Control - Team folder access is controlled with granular permissions, users have read/write/list/delete capabilities at sub-folder levelEnterprise Grade Security, Control, Customization and Sca…

New Video! CentreStack and its Server Agent

CentreStack is a file sync and share solution. It is usually installed in a data center, with a public IP address and a SSL certificate for a DNS name. The server agent is a client for CentreStack. It can be installed in a remote location, typically on a file server inside an Active Directory domain. It provides proxy access to Active Directory and File Server calls by communicating to the CentreStack server. Get your free trial of CentreStack at

Jan 15th New Release–Build 9.1.5006

Another update is available for download! To further enhance your CentreStack experience we have integrated the following changes. To update your installation please go to the web portal and log in at

Build 9.1.5006.40253 (Jan. 15 2018)We have enhanced the process of syncing a local folder to the CentreStack cloud.When you publish a root folder as a team folder, CentreStack now shows the option to link to local from the Two-Way Sync tab.Enhanced web portal user interface (UI) when you manage team folder permissions. You can edit a Collaborator from the sub-folder and navigate to sub-folders in Folder Permission tab.We have added new windows client settings to the Outlook plugin. You can define where to store the data-share you are attaching from the Outlook plugin, and determine when that share expires.Deleting files in a root file-share is now prevented when it is also shared with others.Group Policy is now followed when …

Adding Active Directory (AD) Users in CentreStack

In this tutorial I demonstrate how easy it is to add Active Directory (AD) users to your CentreStack Tenant's users. I also demonstrate how to modify the credentials and create a custom ROLE that you can then assign to some of your users.

Auditing & Reports in CentreStack

This tutorial shows you how to take advantage of CentreStack's auditing feature to generate reports you can use to manage your tenants.
This tutorial covers Upload Report, Storage Statistics, Team Folders, Shared Objects, Audit Trace and File Change Logging with regard to how these tabbed views are utilized to sort and report on the various file and folder activities taking place in your Tenant's activity.
This can really help you with monitoring critical file access and storage utilization so you can control who has permissions and see who is using all that space on your hard drive.

Version Control in CentreStack Build 9.1...

In this video you can see how easy it is to implement version control in all of your Tenant's folders and all of your Tenant's User's folders with zero clicks! Yes zero, because that setting is on by default. You can also control how many versions will be kept and how many days those version will be retained. This excellent feature is so easy to use, it's like... super easy. Check out this tutorial to find out more. Did I mention that it was easy?

Build 9.1.4984 Tutorial

In Build 9.1.4984 of CentreStack you can preview saved email message files that have been copied to your folders. This short video tutorial demonstrates how you can save email files to your CentreStack folders and then get a quick preview of them from within the web portal.

New Tutorial Video–Part 2 of Sharing files from CentreStack

In this tutorial video you can learn how to share photos with a group of active directory (AD) users. You will also see how easy it is to request files from someone outside of the CentreStack system.

Jan 8th New Release–Build 9.1.4984

Great news! We have updated CentreStack to include some great enhancements. Look for some videos and blogs in the next few days that cover some of key feature updates listed below. See bold lines below for some things I will be covering.

Enhanced editing of team folder Collaboration and Folder Permissions as team folder owner.When auto-create user logged in via SSO, CentreStack now follows the default storage quota in Group Policy.Added new Group Policy: Sharing, Maximum Share Expiration Time - Defines the max expiration time when you create a share.Support .eml/.msg file preview on web portal.Enhanced web portal localization. Add more strings to translate.Enhanced Bandwidth Report in cluster manager.Enhanced task count when upload multiple files on web portal.Enhanced file/folder change notification email for shared folder. Will send accumulated changes within a period of time, instead of one email for each change.Enhanced webdav interface to support GoodR…

New Tutorial Video - Sharing files from CentreStack Part 1

The point of CentreStack is sharing! There are several ways you can share files using this powerful application. In the attached videos you can learn how to share photos with anyone using an email address. You will also see how easy it is to create editable files that you can share for read/write capability with a non-CentreStack user. This has the added benefit of automatically creating a Guest account for that user in your CentreStack system. That share can be limited by time so that it is deleted when the share expires.

In part 2, you learn how to share with multiple users from your Active Directory (AD). Requesting a file by email will also be covered in the second part of this tutorial.

Single Sign-On (SSO) Integration with Okta

This post is based on a source article by Anabel Perez (link).

Single sign-on (SSO) is a session and user authentication service that permits a user to use one set of login credentials (e.g. name and password) to access multiple applications.

Okta is the foundation for secure connections between people and technology. It’s a service that gives employees, customers and partners secure access to the tools they need to do their most important work. (Okta FAQ:

If a user already exists in Okta, SSO can be used to authenticate it in CentreStack.

The following guide should help you integrate Okta SSO into your CentreStack installation.

1. CentreStack Single Sign-On URL
Single Sign-On information is located in two places:
From the Cluster Management Console, go to the Control Panel view and choose Single Sign-On.
From the Tenant Management Console, go to the Group Policy view, and choose Single Sign-On settings there.
In the Single Sing-On view,…

CentreStack MAC client supports macOS High Sierra

Great news for CentreStack MAC users! We are constantly improving our client applications and now our newest update to the Mac OS CentreStack client includes compatibility with the September release of MAC 10.13 High Sierra. Here we leverage the User-Approved Kernel Extension Loading feature to make it easier for MAC users to install our client software.

In short, this is a change that requires the user to approve third-party kernel extensions (KEXTs). Approval is automatically granted to third-party KEXTs that were already present when upgrading to macOS High Sierra. The following screenshot demonstrates what you can expect to see when installing our client.

Enhanced Mobile View for File Browser

CentreStack has allowed mobile users to access files and folders in whatever native file browser they were using on their device for some time.

In our December 17, 2017 update, we enhanced the way you view and navigate shared files, taking advantage of your device’s native resolution and features. This update creates a natural way to access your files without needing to install the Gladinet CentreStack Mobile App. Here’s an example of what this flow looks like when using an Android phone…

Of course it’s important to install the Cloud Client on your Android or iPhone in order to have the best possible experience when accessing files on the go.

Happy New Year! December CentreStack Updates

Look forward to some new blogs this year about the recent updates to CentreStack.

In our December 18th, 2017 (12/18/2017) CentreStack update (Build 8.12.4939.40124) we completed the following changes:
When create a new tenant, support creating a new folder on local storage as the tenant's home folder – Now you can create a folder from within the create tenant process rather than relying on a pre-existing folder
Fix file time-stamp issue on different S3 regions – For instance, an uploaded file to S3 Sydney region shows the correct local time-stamp Enhance importing new team folderEnhance mobile browser, including open file and preview Enhance file syncing on attached local folder/migrated share when back-end storage is S3Support running *.msi package on windows client driveEnhance in-place editing file in windows client drive, when 'Allow file without file name extension' is enabledEnhance file copy in windows client when copy handler is disabledEnhance international language…