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Where are my users in iFolder 3.0?

Novell Cool Solutions: Feature
By Jenn Bitondo

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Posted: 2 Aug 2005

Managing iFolder is now done through iManager and not an iFolder-only tool. After you install iFolder 3.0, the next time you login to iManager you will be prompted to install the Novell Plug-In Module (NPM) or you can go into the Configure Option (guy at the brown desk) and choose Module Installation | Available Novell Plug-In Modules. Here you can install the iFolder 3.0 plugins; all you need to do is check the box and click on install (FIG. 1 ).

You need to make sure that your iManager NPM is installed. If it has installed successfully, you will get the "success" message. (FIG. 2) You must restart Tomcat for your plugins to work. Note that sometimes restarting Tomcat can take several minutes, so you may need to be patient. (Note that if you have waited a couple of minutes and you can login to iManager, but don't see the Novell iFolder 3 Management Option in the Roles and Tasks, you might want to try first to restart Apache and Tomcat. If that does not work, restart the server and login to iManager, and now you should see the Novell iFolder 3 option.



Adding users to iFolder 3.0 is now done in iManager 2.5. Users is an option under the Novell iFolder 3.0 Tasks. By default, if you do a search you will only see Admin and not any of your other users (FIG 3).


How do we get our other users to show up so they can be iFolder 3 users? Check in your iFolder System > LDAP tab and see what your settings are for Search DNs.(FIG 4) If this is set to cn=admin.o=container then that is where you are searching for users. On the LDAP page you will need to select MODIFY and change where you want to search.


When you modify the LDAP settings you can choose the whole tree or a specific container where you want to be able to use iFolder. This is different than iFolder 2.x where you had to enable each user individually. When you are in the Modify option you can either browse for the container and/or type it in. (FIG 5) After you make your modifications you need to click on Update and Synchronize Now so that iFolder will re-read the LDAP settings. This can take several seconds depending on where your LDAP server is located. When synchronization is successful you will notice that the last successful sync time will update on the iManager page.


After the Synchronization is complete, go to Users and search to see all of the users in the contexts that you have allowed. (FIG 6)


If you want to make changes to a specific user you would go ahead and click on the Users link off of this iManager page. From here you can see when the user logged in last, as well as change the policy information for this user. You can disable a user account, set the iFolder size limit and even set the types of files you do or do not want iFolder to be able to keep. This is especially good for keeping with different corporate policies. Note that you are able to set all of these restrictions either at a user level or at a iFolder system level. Also, if you have a user who leaves the organization and they have corporate information in their iFolder you are also able to change ownership for the user and it will be transferred.

The iFolder 3.0 plugin makes managing your users much easier than in previous versions of iFolder.

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