File Server Over the Internet

Easily turn your local file server into an Internet file share server. Share files online with existing Active Directory users and retain permission control. 

Share Files from Your File Server Over the Internet

This white paper describes Gladinet Triofox, which can be used by businesses to quickly enable secure remote access and secure file sharing to local file servers without using a VPN. It also does not require the lengthy copying or synchronization to external storage services such as Office 365, Dropbox, or Box.

With more and more businesses practicing social distancing guidelines during a global pandemic, there is increased interest in faster ways to facilitate work from home without compromising data privacy, security, or compliance.

Whether it's employees collaborating from home or the marketing team sharing creative work with the sales team, Triofox will quickly enable your mobile workforce to share files efficiently and securely over the Internet.

Triofox mobilizes your local file server and turns it into a company-wide "web file server" or a corporate-wide "share server".

Wait, I already have a VPN. Why do I need this?

VPN can be costly in efficiency and productivity.

How many times has your support team been overwhelmed by VPN tickets? For most non-technical people, VPN is too complicated. First, you need to establish a connection, which differs from PC and Mac devices. Then, a user needs to understand a file server, network share, and map a drive to a network share. Lastly, this process would need to be repeated with any glitch in the Internet connection, costing company time and money.

Without a solution, employees may often select an unauthorized third-party solution to facilitate productivity and efficiency. However, copying company documents and files onto personal storage drives creates problems with data sprawling and compliance.

Turn Local File Server into Internet File Share Server

Your mobile workforce is typically actively engaged in both internal and external company functions. The sales team may need to visit customers, showing them the white paper, solution brief, and data sheets, while also collecting customer requirements to save onto central file servers. The marketing department may be creating sales collateral and marketing materials in the office to save to on-premise local file servers. In both cases, your sales team and your marketing team need a file sharing solution based on your on-premise file server.

The current workflow of your employees may depend on collaborating on local file servers. Some applications such as Adobe Creative Cloud, AutoCAD, or other line-of-business applications need to work on the file servers as well. As you depend on your file servers for daily work, it is more efficient and effective to turn those file servers into file sharing servers for both mobile and on-premise workers. 

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Triofox Solution

A solution that adds iPhone application, web browser interface, Windows mapped drive and Mac Finder volume to Windows file server and turn Windows File Server into a corporate cloud file server solution. 

Drive Mapping

Creates a mapped drive on user's desktop without the need of using a VPN.

Mobile Sharing

Provides mobile applications for file and folder access from mobile devices such as from iPhone or Android phones.

File Locking

Lock files-in-use or checking out files for offline access. Either way, file locking is a necessary feature for team collaboration.

Web Interface

Web browser based file manager is an important part of the solution. it is responsive, interactive and very easy to use.

Cloud Share + Web Simplicity + File Server Security.

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 cloud file sharing with the simplicity of web browsing and the security of a local file server!

1. 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. 

2. 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. 

3. 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. 

It’s really easy for my users. I can just tell clients, go to your “M” folder, all your files are there. They just get it. They can also download the app on any mobile device - it’s just really simple to set up and to use. It's also easy to manage and easy to sell.

LORI HARDTKE

President, ByteWize Inc.

Easy-to-use is the key. It means productivity.

Simple User Interface

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

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. 

Core Value

Privacy

The folder sharing solution extends the current internal Windows file server's reach to remote locations via HTTPS and web protocols. It is privacy by default.

Ownership

The internal Windows file server and existing IT infrastructure, including the new Triofox server are owned by the same corporation and the files and folders on the file server are privately owned. 

Seamless

The internal Windows file server is the data repository for the newly added private folder sharing service. For employees, the files at work are the same files available remotely on mobile devices.

Compliance

Since files never leave the current on-premise file servers, it is much easier to pass compliance auditing. The new private file sharing server is the only component that need additional work.

Permission Control

The same NTFS permissions that was in place to protect the internal Windows file server files will be the same permission control in place to protect the private file sharing service.

8 Benefits of Triofox as a Share Server

Share Large Folder

Turn existing file server folders into web links for online sharing. 

Mobile Access to File Servers

Full support for file locking from the cloud. Encrypt remote agent caches or revoke remote agent access privileges from a central management console. 

Web and Mobile Sharing

Access files and folders over web browsers and via mobile devices. 

Centralized Control

Combines NTFS permissions, Active Directory users and drive mappings. Advanced reports and usage audits on file-sharing activity from a centralized management console. 

Simple Remote Access

Simplified remote access from iOS/AndroidPC/Mac/ mobile devices. At any location, with any device. 

Maintain Data Ownership

Files and folders stay with existing file servers and stay within the protection of existing IT infrastructure. 

Seamless Integration

Seamlessly integrates into current file-based enterprise networks and work-flow environments. 

Reduce Data Sprawl

Existing file servers continue to be the central data repository and avoid splitting dat into internal-facing and external-facing silos. 

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