4.0 Using NetStorage

NetStorage provides secure Internet-based access to files and folders on Linux and NetWare® servers on your network using either a browser or Microsoft Web Folders (Microsoft's implementation of WebDAV). NetStorage authentication relies on the power of Novell® eDirectory™ to provide secure access, so Internet-based access is as secure as accessing files from within the network.

Based on how NetStorage has been configured, the NetStorage Web page displays the network files and folders you have access to. Initially, you may be able to see only your iFolder directory, a local shared directory, and NSS volumes on the Linux server. Storage Location objects are required for accessing files and directories on Linux servers unless the NCP Server component of OES is installed. They can also be used on NetWare servers. For Linux servers with NCP Server installed, NetStorage reads your login script to determine drive mappings, reads eDirectory User object properties to determine your home directory, and then displays a list of files and folders based on mapped drives and home directories. If you usually log in to more than one eDirectory tree, you might have access to additional home directories in different eDirectory trees. If you have a Novell iFolder 2.x® account, the iFolder directory is also displayed. However, some NetStorage features such as Download and Lock are not available with Novell iFolder.

NetStorage reads the container, profile, and user login scripts only from the primary eDirectory server specified during the installation and displays the user's drive mappings based only on those login scripts.

Users might have specific eDirectory rights to certain files and folders on your network, but will not be able to access those files and folders using NetStorage unless Storage Location objects have been created, login script drive mappings exist to those folders, or the files and folders are in the user's home directory. If you want to provide users with NetStorage access to a specific folder, you might have to add a drive mapping command to that folder in a login script (container, profile, or user).