2.1 Initializing Your iFolder Account

After the iFolder administrator enables your network User ID for iFolder services, you initialize your iFolder account the first time you log in to the iFolder server. During initialization, the iFolder server creates your iFolder data directory on the iFolder server, creates the LDAP iFolder User object for your account, and stores your user preferences for iFolder as attributes of the User object.

If you plan to share an iFolder account with a small group of users, ask your administrator to set up a network user ID for that group. The first member to log in to the iFolder server under the group's username initializes the iFolder account.

Before you initialize your account, you must decide whether you want your iFolder account to encrypt files for transport across connections between your workstation and the server and while stored on the server. Otherwise, transport and storage on the server are in clear text only. The encryption setting (on or off) persists for the life of the account. The only way to change it is to delete the account completely from the server, then start the process again.

If the administrator allows encryption to occur, you must set the encryption or clear text preference when you initialize your account. To initialize your iFolder account with the encryption option, log in for the first time using the iFolder client or the iFolder Java applet. Make sure you log in for the first time to the iFolder server using a method that supports your preference.

Initialize your iFolder account using one of the following methods:

2.1.1 Initializing an iFolder Account Using the iFolder Client

You must use the iFolder client to take advantage of iFolder's automatic file synchronization. You can initialize encrypted or clear text iFolder accounts using the iFolder client. This method requires a workstation with a supported operating system for the iFolder client. For information, see Section 2.3, Installing and Configuring the iFolder Client on Your Windows Workstation.

IMPORTANT:To enforce some global client settings, your iFolder administrator might require you to use the iFolder client to initialize your iFolder user account.

2.1.2 Initializing an iFolder Account Using the iFolder Java Applet

The iFolder Java Applet allows an iFolder account to be initialized from any Windows or non-Windows (such as Linux, UNIX, or Macintosh) workstation, using a Web browser. If your iFolder administrator sets the iFolder client policies to allow encryption, you can initialize your iFolder account to use encryption. Otherwise, only a cleart text iFolder account is possible.

IMPORTANT:The iFolder Java applet is offered as is. Novell no longer supports this software.

To use this method, you must install and enable Sun* Java Virtual Machine 1.3 to 1.4.1_02 on your computer. To download Java software, see the Java Downloads Archive Web site.

Web-based access methods require manual file synchronization. You can install the iFolder client subsequently on multiple workstations to take advantage of iFolder's automatic file synchronization.

To initialize your iFolder account using the iFolder client:

  1. Activate your Internet or network connection, then open your Web browser to the iFolder Web site.

    For example, enter


    Replace nif1.your-domain-name.com with the actual DNS name or IP address of your iFolder server. Get this information from your iFolder administrator.

  2. From the iFolder Web site, click Login, then log in to the iFolder Java applet, using your username and password.

  3. (Optional) To initialize the account with the encryption option, enter an encrytion passphrase for the iFolder user account. Otherwise, the account is a clear-text account.

2.1.3 Initializing an iFolder Account Using NetDrive

If your administrator provides Novell NetDrive 4.1 services, you can initialize your clear-text-only iFolder account using NetDrive. For information on installing and configuring NetDrive, see the Novell NetDrive 4.1 User Guide.

2.1.4 Initializing an iFolder Account Using NetStorage

For iFolder 2.1.x, iFolder is bundled with Novell NetStorage. If your system administrator configures NetStorage to support Web-based access to iFolder services, you can initialize a clear-text-only iFolder account using NetStorage. Novell NetStorage can provide Web-based access to existing iFolder accounts that are clear text or encrypted, but it can initialize only clear-text accounts.

  1. Activate your Internet or network connection.

  2. Open a Web browser to one of the following URLs:

    • NetStorage (Folder View): The folder view uses frames on the Web page to display the file management options.


    • NetStorage (Text View): The text view does not use frames to display file management options. It is an HTML-only view that is compatible with most Web browsers used on handheld devices.


    In each example URL, replace nif1.your-domain-name.com with the actual IP address or DNS name of your iFolder server. Get the actual URL from your iFolder administrator.

  3. Click Login.

  4. Log in for the first time to iFolder using your User ID and password.

  5. If asked for a passphrase, uncheck the Encryption check box, then click OK.

    For iFolder 2.1.x, NetStorage does not coordinate the passhprase with iFolder to initialize a new accounts. The NetStorage login simply passes the passphrase into the User object for storage. NetStorage sends only your username and password to iFolder, which iFolder uses to initialize a clear-text-only iFolder.