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Build 9.1.5057 (Jan 29, 2018)

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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

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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.

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Migrating Shares to the Cloud with CentreStack

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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

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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.

Go to http://www.centrestack.com/ to find out more about CentreStack!

Build 9.1.5031 (Jan 22, 2018)

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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

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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!

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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

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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 https://www.centrestack.com/

Jan 15th New Release–Build 9.1.5006

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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 https://www.centrestack.com/management/partnerloginpage.aspx.

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

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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. http://centrestack.com/

Auditing & Reports in CentreStack

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This tutorial shows you how to take advantage of CentreStack's auditing feature to generate reports you can use to manage your tenants. https://www.centrestack.com/
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...

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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? https://www.centrestack.com/


Build 9.1.4984 Tutorial

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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.  https://www.centrestack.com/

New Tutorial Video–Part 2 of Sharing files from CentreStack

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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.  https://www.centrestack.com/

Jan 8th New Release–Build 9.1.4984

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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. https://www.centrestack.com/

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

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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. https://www.centrestack.com/



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

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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: https://www.okta.com/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.
https://www.centrestack.com/

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

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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

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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

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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…