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SharePoint 2013 as a NetFolder with Novell Filr 2.0



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Puspanjali Panda

Novell Filr 2.0 supports adding SharePoint document libraries as Net Folders allowing users to access their files from any of the Filr clients.

Overview of implementation and features:

  1. Filr 2.0 server uses REST framework supported by SharePoint 2013 to contact SharePoint 2013 server.
  2. As native SharePoint 2013 REST interface is used to read files or any other needed information; there is no need of installing any library or software on any of your backend servers or making any special configuration on your SharePoint server. This ensures reliability and security.
  3. All Novell Filr 2.0 clients can be used to access SharePoint 2013 Net Folder.
  4. Filr clients provide the same experience and functionality for SharePoint Net Folders as they provide for OES and Windows file servers.
  5. As part of SharePoint configuration; Filr 2.0 server syncs the users from Active Directory server to the Filr server & its uses the user’s AD credentials to login to Filr to access the files/folders.
  6. Net Folder relative path can be used to filter one document library or even one folder within a given document library ensuring full control with administrator; And also on who can access what information/data.
  7. Check-in Check-out functionality is not specifically supported but Filr follows what SharePoint allows ensuring data integrity.
  8. Filr server can be configured to use SSL to access SharePoint sites.
  9. Filr 2.0 maps SharePoint Permission to Filr roles.
  10. Files/Folders shared within SharePoint (Site, Sub-site, File, Folder) are reflected appropriately in Filr.

How to configure:

Consider a document library “Test Documents” in SharePoint 2013 which will be our test Net Folder in Filr. We will create this document library in SharePoint and upload a few files from SharePoint 2013.

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Configuration Steps for LDAP:

  1. Login to Filr 2.0 administration console on port 8443 and create a new LDAP location for your Active Directory so the Active directory users can be provisioned to Filr server.
  2. To configure an LDAP connection:
    1. On the LDAP Configuration page, click the LDAP Servers tab.To create a new LDAP connection, click Add.

      OR

    2. To modify an existing LDAP connection, click the URL of the connection in the Server URL column.

      On the LDAP Server Configuration dialog box, specify the information on each tab, as described in the following sections.

      1. Server Information (Ex: ldap://hostname)
      2. Users (Ex: ou=users,dc=sppdemo,dc=com)
      3. Groups (Ex: ou=groups,dc=sppdemo,dc=com)
  3. If the LDAP server is configured with a default port number (389 for non-secure connections or 636 for secure SSL connections), you do not need to include the port number in the URL. If the LDAP server uses a different port number, use the following format for the LDAP URL:

    Ex:

    ldap://hostname:port_number
    ldaps://hostname:port_number

    Note: The User DN format is as mentioned below.

    Ex: cn=username,ou=organizational_unit,dc=domain_component.

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  1. After you have synced your Active Directory users, you need to create a Net Folder server for your SharePoint site the same way you do it for a NSS (OES) or CIFS (AD/OES) shares.

    Configuration Steps for Net Folder Servers:

    1. Click On Net Folder Servers. Click on Add. Provide Name, Server type, Server Path.
    2. Provide the Authentication Details, Synchronization Schedule & Synchronization option in each tab & save the settings.

    Note 1: Proxy Identity: Specify the previously defined Proxy Identity that you created for the Net Folder Proxy User that has access rights on the SharePoint 2013 server.

    Note 2: The Proxy User should have either Full Control Rights on the SharePoint site or the Proxy user should be part of SharePoint Owners Group. Only Full Control rights as Site Collection Administrator are irrelevant for a proxy user which is used for the Net Folder Server configuration.

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  2. After you have your Net Folder Server ready and you have verified the connection using “Test Connection” button, you can create a Net Folder pointing to the same Net Folder Server. You can mention a relative path pointing to a specific site, sub-site or document library or you can leave the relative path field if you want to configure the whole site as your Net Folder.

    Configuration Steps for Net Folder:

    1. Click on Net Folder. Provide Name, Select the Net Folder Server from the drop down list or you can create a New Net Folder server as well using the New Net Folder Server Tab. Now Provide Relative path. Click on Test Connection to validate the settings.sp2013-4
    2. To add Rights to specific users on the Net Folder. Click on Rights Tab & add users.
    3. Click the Rights tab, then use the User or Group field to begin typing the name of a user or group that you want to have access to the files and folders on the Net Folder. Click the name when it appears in the drop-down list. You can specify the following types of users and groups for granting rights:
      1. Individual users (imported from the LDAP directory)
      2. Groups (imported from the LDAP directory)

      Note: Users are granted the same level of access rights that they currently have on the SharePoint site.

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  3. Sync your Net Folder so that Filr 2.0 server will sync listing of files from the SharePoint 2013 document library according to your Net Folder server/Net folder configuration. You would need to allow users for access of this Net Folder which can be configured under rights tab of the Net Folder.sp2013-6
  4. This completes our Filr server configuration to access data from Share Point Site using Net Folder.
  5. A user can low login to Filr 2.0 with all supported clients using his AD credentials and can access all his files and Folders on SharePoint 2013 Net Folder. All the file operations are supported according to the rights available to the user on SharePoint server. We will use a web client for this test. Now log in to the web using the user & click on the NetFolders Tab to view the SharePoint NetFolder.sp2013-7

     

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  6. User is able to upload files and do other file/folder operations to the NetFolder and files are immediately available in SharePoint.

 

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