Active Directory File Sharing

Provide your employees with an Internet-based file-sharing solution secured by Windows Active Directory and access and permission control on a on-premise file server. The end result is that groups of your internal employees and external partners can use web browsers and mobile applications to share files and folders based on Active Directory security principles.

Challenges of Consumer File Sharing

Without providing a secure group file sharing service to employees, they may select consumer cloud file sharing solutions like Dropbox. This approach leads to questions like, “Where, exactly, is my data? Who has access to it? What will they do with it?” And these concerns don’t just involve cyber-threats and hackers but competitors, foreign nationals, and even governments.

The moment you put files into a "Dropbox" folder, the files are synchronized outside of company firewalls to external sites, which leads to data leakage problems and create trouble moments when compliance auditing comes around.


Group File Sharing with Active Directory

Gladinet CentreStack provides secure file sharing service that integrates with Active Directory users, groups and on-premise file server shares. Employees, customers and partners can then easily share files and folders from the on-premise file servers without violating existing security rules and permissions. In addition, secure file sharing can be done in the cloud, without VPN and also the access methods can be extended from traditional PC and Mac to web browsers and mobile devices.

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CentreStack Solution

CentreStack adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention and recovery, to file servers on-premises with easy cloud migration. With local IT infrastructure such as Active Directory combined with cloud mobility and cloud productivity, it is the real Active Directory File Sharing solution you are looking for.

Remote Access

CentreStack combines local file servers with cloud storage for secure remote access without the need of using a VPN.

Disaster Recovery

CentreStack leverages cloud storage as a central cloud file repository with version control, file change history and audit tracing to provide business continuity for file servers on-premises.

Mobile Sharing

CentreStack uses cloud storage for secure mobile file sharing from a web browser or from a mobile application.

Cloud Migration

CentreStack sets up a hybrid deployment between local file servers and cloud storage that can be seamlessly merged into one solution.


Active Directory + Cloud File Sharing
= Mobile Productivity!

Secure Access

Attach local file server folders to your CentreStack server to enable remote access. The original network shares remain accessible over the local area network and also synchronized to azure storage for remote access.

Mobile Sharing

Files and folders in the cloud storage are much easier to access over a web browser interface and via mobile applications on both iOS and Android devices. Mobile file sharing with internal employees or external partners made easy!

Global Workspace

Create a global name space directory structure unifying different file servers into a single folder structure, enabling mult-site collaboration with a distributed cloud file system backed by cloud storage for multiple branch offices.

Disaster Recovery

Cloud storage and local file server can help each others as backup to each other. With cloud backup, version control, audit trace, retention policy and file change log features, Create a business continuity solution with CentreStack is simple.

Server in the Cloud

With Active Directory integration and NTFS permission integration, cloud storage looks and feels like a file server in the cloud.


Active Directory Users & Groups

Automatically use existing users, groups, home folders and network shares from Active Directory. Employees can use their existing Active Directory credentials for file sharing.

Network Shares & DFS Integration

Leverage DFS, file shares or any other local storage platform. It inherits existing Active Directory NTFS permissions.

Self-Hosted File Sharing

A Windows Installer package creates on-premise private file sharing servers based on Microsoft server technology. It’s easy to install, manage, and scale. Cloud hosted option is available too.

Complete Ownership

The entire solution can be deployed and managed on-premise, or from private cloud storage to orchestration to clients. For example, the solution can be self-hosted by the business in the Amazon VPC data center and connecting to the business's own active directory and file server shares.


Folder Permissions

Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure or inherit from NTFS permissions directly.

Secure Data Room

Web based secure data room allows view-only access to shared folders with download disabled.

User Rights

From internal Active Directory users to external clients and partners, you can define user rights for folder sharing.

Version Control

Shared folders are put under version control and notifications are available for users subscribed to the folders.



CentreStack integrates with Office 365 for web-based co-editing and co-authoring for files inside the shared folder.

Large Folder

Use Outlook integration to share large folder or files as web links via email.

Link Sharing

Convert shared files and shared folders into web links for direct access over web browsers.

Mobile Application

Access shared files and shared folders from mobile devices such as from iPhone or Android phone.

File Sharing Use Cases

Cloud migration may seem increasingly inevitable, making it difficult to manage the tensions between productivity benefits and data privacy threats. But CentreStack offers a solution for thought leaders seeking to simplify the way people work without compromising data privacy.

Whether it's private sharing for on-premise and remote workers, external clients, partners or guest users in general, CentreStack has the flexibility to provide a great solution!

Secure File Sharing with Permissions

Transfer Data Securely with Granular Permission Controls

Transfer Large Files via Web Links

Securely Transfer Large Files via Web Links and Outlook Plug-in Integrations


Lab Setup

To show how it is done, we have a lab setup with one CentreStack Server, One Active Directory Server and One Windows File Server. For demonstration purpose, the Active Directory Server and the File Server can co-exist on the same Windows 2012 server. As shown below, CentreStack is running at “Windows 2012 R2 Gladinet (11)”, which it will have a public IP Address and DNS name. The Active Directory and File Server are running at the “Windows 2012 R2 AD (10)”. This Active Directory server can be behind the second firewall of a DMZ.

Step 1 - prepare 3 virtual machines

Step 2 - Setup CentreStack with version greater than 6.4.1802

Step 3 - Active Directory Setup
We will setup two users and

Step 4 - File Server Setup
We will setup 3 network shares. One is for the group share, one is for the t2e200 user’s home directory, and one is for t2e201 user’s home directory.

Step 5 - Group Share Permissions
As shown above, both t2e200 and t2e201 users are added to the group share.

Step 6 - For Share Permission to be imported seamlessly, we also setup share permission.

Step 7 - Home Folder Setup
We will also connect the user’s home directory in Active Directory.
Now it is all set. Our goal is to import the Group Share (testshare3) and also user’s home directory when the users are imported to the CentreStack.

Step 8 - Import the Group Share
We can start importing the Group Share from the web portal->Management Console->Collaboration->Team Folder

Step 9 - Create Team Folder
Once the dialog shows up, use the “Convert Existing File Share as Team Folder” option. In the lab setup, we need to make sure the Gladinet Cloud Enterprise server can access the File Server via two different protocols. SMB/CIFS for the file server share and also WMI for importing.

Step 10 - Importing the Team Folder
Use an Active Directory user that has enough permission to read the share and also read the share’s permission over WMI.

Step 11 - Team Folder Shows Up
After it is done, check the imported team folder's property.

Step 12 - Verify Imported Team Folder
You can see t2e200 and t2e201 users are all imported. So the imported Team Folder gets the same set of users that are assigned to the network share's share permission.

Step 13 - Verify User Manager
Check the user manager, you can see that the users are imported as well.

Step 14 - Imported User Login to Web Portal
Now, Login as the AD User t2e200
As you can see here, the user’s home directory and the user’s group share are all showing up.

Step15 - Verify on mobile application too!

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