Remote File Server Access Without a VPN

Mobilize your workforce for quick and easy file server remote access, web browser based access and mobile access without a VPN.

Simplify Remote File Server Access Without a VPN

Working from home and be productive

This white paper describes Gladinet Triofox which can be used by businesses to quickly enable secure remote access and mobile access to file servers without using a VPN, and without the lengthy copying or synchronization to external storage services such as Office 365, Dropbox, or Box.

When more and more businesses practice social distancing at times of a global pandemics, We're certainly seeing a lot more interest in faster ways to facilitate work from home use cases without compromising data privacy, security or compliance.

Virtual Private Network (VPN) has been the default method of remote file access. However, VPN has many problems. Employees has been looking for a solution that can combine the security of a file server and the ease of use like a Dropbox together into one single end-to-end solution.

Mapped Drive Power + Web Simplicity + File Server Security? How??

Triofox is a web server that accepts file requests from client agents over the HTTPS/SSL protocol. These requests are then translated into Active Directory and File Server network share access protected by NTFS permissions. The file is sent back via HTTPS/SSL to the client agents when all permission checks have passed. Triofox uses this approach to combine the power of a mapped drive with the simplicity of web browsing and the security of a file server!


Triofox Web Server
Triofox creates a web server front end accepting client agent requests from remote Windows, Mac, web browser, iOS and Android devices. Client agents provide drive mapping functionality.

Agents Send File Requests
Client agents send HTTPS/SSL requests to the Triofox server. Triofox server can log the requests for auditing purpose and also coordinate the file access and sharing demands.

Active Directory Integration
Active Directory and NTFS permissions are used to check whether the file requests are allowed. After that, file requests are satisfied and returned via HTTPS/SSL to client agents.

VPN is not a good solution

How many times, your support team complaint about VPN tickets? Frankly, VPN is too complicated for most non-technical people. First you need to establish VPN connections, and the ways to establish VPN connections are different from PC device to Mac to mobile devices. Secondly, a user needs to understand the concept of a file server, a network share and map a drive to a network share. Last, any glitch in the Internet and the underlying network breaks the VPN connection and then a user will need to start over again or calls into the support line for help, costing company time and money.

Without a good solution, employees may select on his own or on her own an un-authorized way to be more productive. For example, employees may select to copy files into a personal Dropbox because it is so much easier to use, which creates other problems such as data sprawling and compliance issues.

VPN is a headache for everyone

Looking for an easy-to-use solution?

Simple User Interface
Simple always-on drive letter mapped to your on-premise file server without glitch.
Reduce Costs
Reduces costs with VPN (virtual private network) support.
Best of Both Worlds
Combines Windows file server security and control with the cloud's ease of use and productivity?
Easy Setup
Has a simpler permission migration and configuration strategy than SharePoint, Dropbox or Google Drive - inherit it directly from file server.
Inherit Permissions
Combines NTFS permissions, Active Directory users and drive mappings with remote access from any device.
On-Premise Solution
Maintains data privacy by providing the option keep data on-premises in traditional file server shares.
Help employees boost mobile productivity and work from home today!