A national healthcare services company in the United Kingdom has hundreds of locations with thousands of users. Most of the office files are Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files. In total, there are about 60 TB of data. They use Active Directory. The personal home folder is located in Active Directory under each user's profile. The personal home folder and the shared drive are assigned a specific drive letter. They are investigating the market for a simple remote file server access solution that allows each user to access files in a network share and Active Directory home folder anytime, anywhere. In addition, the drive letter can be retained to avoid training and underlying changes.
Home folders make it easier for an administrator to back up user files and manage user accounts by collecting the user's files in one location, such as on a company-owned file server network share. Assigning a home folder to a user lets you store the user's data centrally and privately on a company file server, and makes backing up and restoring data easier and more reliable.
It's also a great usability feature for the user, because from multiple company-owned devices, the home folder is always attached as a drive letter, so the user can easily access files and folders from any device.
How can we further enhance the user experience by making the home folder follow the user from the airport or other remote location and be easily accessed remotely. Mobilize your home folders!
Organizations need a solution for storing files in the cloud that provides data security and control. Employees need easy online access to their home folders to be productive.
The Remote Site Headache
With multiple sites and remote offices, remote employees are often used to saving documents to their local My Documents folder. Even with a local file server at the remote site, employees still save documents to the My Documents folder on their desktop. This is a problem because if the user’s PC breaks down, all their data is lost.
The Dropbox Problem -
To solve the data backup problem, some remote employees may turn to their personal Dropbox or third-party file storage accounts to transfer and store company files. While this may be a temporary solution for file access and backup, it also poses a problem for your organization. To meet certain data compliance criteria, you can not allow users to sync their files anywhere. Plus, you can not control where your files are located, which creates a security risk.
Your organization probably already relies on Microsoft technologies such as Active Directory and Windows File Server by default, where each user is assigned a home directory on the file server and group policies are used to map the home folder to a drive letter.
You can use VPNs between your main office and the remote office. However, the connection process is tedious because users must connect to the VPN, map a drive to the Active Directory home directory, and save their documents there.
An ideal solution would be a seamless process that turns the remote user's My Documents folder into an enterprise Dropbox and synchronizes local documents directly with the corporate file server in each user's Active Directory home directory.
If you are one of the many companies facing the above issues, Triofox can solve your problem with Active Directory Home Directory integration.
How does it work? With Triofox, remote users can go to the enterprise web portal, download the Triofox client agent software, and turn their local folders into enterprise Dropbox folders. Files stored in their local folder are automatically migrated to their user's home folder. And files and folders in the current home folder will also appear under a drive letter, without the need for a VPN solution.
The Triofox solution can be used by businesses to privately deploy and host a remote access and file sharing solution. This provides a layer of access (browser, mobile, desktop and file server access) around a private cloud storage service and local file server storage, while maintaining full control over the data and associated access infrastructure.
Triofox provides secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention, and recovery for on-premises file servers with easy cloud migration to private cloud storage. It's the real cloud file server solution you have been looking for!
Triofox adds web-based access methods for secure remote access without the need for a VPN.
Accessing files and folders directly from a web browser is as interactive as from a desktop drive.
Triofox uses HTTPS and web protocols for secure mobile file sharing via a web browser or mobile application.
Triofox sets up a hybrid deployment between local file servers and cloud storage that can be seamlessly converted to cloud-only.
No additional setup is required to add Active Directory users to the solution. You can simply log into the on-premise Triofox cloud web portal to get started.
The user's Active Directory home directory information is used directly as the home drive for access via the web browser and mobile devices.
With Triofox, businesses can privately deploy and self-host a remote access and file sharing solution, providing an access layer (with browser, mobile, desktop, and file server access) around private cloud storage services and local file server storage while retaining full control of the data and infrastructure.
Triofox meets the challenge with a 3-tier architecture:
1. The access clients on user's desktop and in the web browser;
2. The Triofox access infrastructure, which can be installed on-premise;
3. The ability to connect to enterprise file servers as back-end cloud storage.
Triofox integrates with Office 365 for web-based co-editing and co-authoring.
Access file shares remotely via a drive letter without the need for a VPN.
Simplify remote access to file servers from mobile devices, PCs, Macs, and browsers.
Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure.
Web based secure data room allows view-only access with download disabled.
Versioning and offsite backups simplify recovery from disasters such as accidental deletion.
Cloud backup and data protection with version control. On-demand synchronization minimizes storage and bandwidth consumption.
Full support for file locking from the cloud. Encrypt remote agent caches or revoke remote agent access privileges from a central management console.
An alternative for one or more of the following: VPN, DFS, FTP, Dropbox, Box, SharePoint, ShareFile, Anchor, Egnyte, etc.
Combines NTFS permissions, Active Directory users and drive mappings. Advanced reporting and usage auditing of file sharing activity from a centralized management console.
Simplified remote access from iOS/AndroidPC/Mac/Windows Phone/Windows RT mobile devices. From any location, using any device.
Eliminate the management costs of servers and VPNs. Avoid the cost of manually replicating files and folders or recreating NTFS permissions.
Integrates seamlessly with current file-based enterprise networks and workflows.
Choose different implementations according to your own needs. Simple process for setup.