3.4 Key Features of iFolder

In addition to the features described in Key Features of iFolder, using the iFolder client with Novell iFolder 3.9.2 provides enhanced capabilities for the following features:

3.4.1 The iFolder Client

Use the version of the iFolder client that is approved by your system administrator. Typically, compatible iFolder clients are downloadable from the enterprise server’s iFolder 3 Welcome page. Contact your system administrator for this information.

For prerequisites and installation instructions, see Getting Started.

3.4.2 iFolder Enterprise Server Account

Your administrator provisions an account for you on at least one iFolder enterprise server. iFolder supports only one account for a given iFolder server domain under your current local login identity. If you have multiple identities on the local computer, each identity can have its own account on the same server. However, only one local user identity at a time can log in to the iFolder server from that computer.

Each local identity on a computer must have its own copy of the iFolders related to its accounts. If you share iFolders between users who share the same computer, multiple copies of those iFolders must be stored locally where each user can modify the files within the user’s assigned workspace.

Novell iFolder’s auto-account creation feature enables iFolder administrators to create and configure an account for you. If your iFolder administrator has enabled auto-account creation, you don’t need to configure an account for yourself. When you start an iFolder for the first time, you are prompted to enter your password. Enter your password to complete configuring the account.

If auto-account creation is not enabled, contact your system administrator for the IP address (such as 192.168.1.1) or DNS name (such as ifolder3svr1.example.com) of each iFolder enterprise server where you have been assigned an account. Log in to the server with the username and password for the account.

You must set up your enterprise server account before you can set up iFolders for it. The iFolder client allows you to set up multiple accounts, where a single account represents a given enterprise server. You specify the server address, username, and password to uniquely identify an account. On your computer, log in as the local user identity you plan to use to access an account and its iFolders, then set up the iFolder. Under your local login, you can set up multiple iFolder accounts, but each account must belong to a different iFolder enterprise server.

For information, see Section 7.3, Configuring an iFolder Account.

3.4.3 Shared iFolders

For your enterprise server account, you can share iFolders only with other users who also have an account on the same enterprise server. Contact your system administrator if you need to share iFolders with a user or group of users who are not yet provisioned for services on that server.

The server hosts every iFolder created for that account. When you create an iFolder, the enterprise server makes it available to the specified list of users.

3.4.4 iFolder Access Rights

When you use the iFolder client with iFolder enterprise server, the administrator can provide the following support services:

  • Transfer ownership of an iFolder to any user on the iFolder server, even if the user is not currently a member of the iFolder.

  • Modify the access right for a member.

  • Set a disk quota policy that restricts the amount of disk space that a user can consume for his or her iFolders. The policy can apply system-wide for all users or can be set for an individual user.

    To view the disk quota setting for your account, see Section 7.5, Viewing and Modifying iFolder Account Settings after you set up your enterprise server account.

  • If an owner user is deleted as a user for the iFolder enterprise server, the iFolders owned by the user are orphaned. Orphaned iFolders are assigned temporarily to the iFolder administrator, who serves as a temporary custodial owner. Membership and synchronization continues while the iFolder administrator determines whether an orphaned iFolder should be deleted or assigned to a new owner.

3.4.5 Encryption Policy Settings

iFolder provides higher security for your sensitive files. With encryption policy set to On, all your iFolder files are transferred and stored encrypted on the iFolder enterprise server. Your iFolder admin determines the encryption policy for your iFolders. If encryption is enabled, You will have the option to choose between encrypted and regular. If you choose the former, the data is encrypted with your secret passphrase as it travels across the wire and stored on the iFolder server. For more information, see Section 8.11, Managing Passphrase for Encrypted iFolders.

3.4.6 Security Settings

Whenever iFolder connects to an enterprise server to synchronize files, it connects with HTTP connections to the server, and the server authenticates the user against its LDAP directory service. Your iFolder administrator determines whether iFolder traffic uses HTTP based iFolder settings. If there are no policy settings to set, you can choose HTTP from the client policy settings.

You might need to configure the following settings on your local computer to accommodate this traffic:

3.4.7 Multi-Server Support

Handling large amount of data and provisioning multiple enterprise users in a corporate environment is a major task for any administrator. iFolder simplifies these tasks with multi-server configuration and lets administrators provision many users and host large amount of data on your iFolder domain. Your Admin can scale up the domain across servers to enterprise-level requirements by adding multiple servers to a single domain. This allows you to leverage the under-utilized servers in an iFolder domain.

3.4.8 Multi-Volume Support

One of the key features of iFolder is its storage scalability. With multi-volume support, Internet service providers and enterprise data centers can manage large amounts of data above the file system restrictions per volume. This facilitates moving data between the volumes, based on file size and storage space availability.

3.4.9 File Synchronization and Data Management

Your iFolder files are synchronized through the iFolder server, where the iFolder administrator can optionally back up the iFolder files from the server to backup media. Contact your administrator if you need to recover a backup copy of a deleted or modified file.