If you have used Django extensively, you must be aware that perhaps one of the biggest issues with this popular framework is that a project created in one Django version is not compatible with a different one. This means that if a project was started with Django 1.4.x and you upgrade your package to Django 1.5.x, your project would refuse to run.
A simple and very obvious solution to this problem is to stick with a single version of Django for all your projects. Agreed you can control your own projects, but what about projects started by others? How then do you contribute to multiple repositories, each built in a different version of Django?
There is a hack to do that. You can keep the tarballs of different Django versions on your local machine and install different the proper version prior to running a project. However, this process is highly inefficient. What else could you do? (more…)
New Tonido FileCloud 4.5 is now released. This is a major release with many many new features, enhancements and bug fixes. Upgrading to this release is recommended at the earliest.
We recommend all our customers to upgrade both their MongoDB database to 2.4 and above and the PHP MongoDB driver to 1.4 and higher. This gives best overall performance all around and is much more robust and reliable. The new FileCloud 4.5 install check will warn you now if lower versions are encountered. Even though you can continue to run with older versions, it is better to upgrade at the earliest possible opportunity.
- This release improves the stability and robustness of the FileCloud sync client under different network conditions and files
Manage Files for Users from admin UI
It is now possible for the admin to browse, copy, move, delete specific user’s files directly from the Admin UI. This makes it easier for the Admin to manage files in FileCloud. To access the files for a user, open the user’s management dialog and then click “Manage Files”.
Support Remote Device management, Remote Wipe for Drive and Sync
Prior to 4.5, FileCloud only supported mobile devices like iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets. Now, with 4.5.2 and new Sync and Drive clients, admins can manage them similar to how mobile clients are managed. Each user’s running sync or drive will show up in the Device management UI in the admin panel and admin can control various aspects.
Selective Folder Sync in sync client
Prior to 4.5.2, sync client apps only were able to sync all the folders that were marked for syncing to local desktop. Starting with 4.5.2, desktop sync clients for Windows, Mac, Linux can optionally choose which folders they want to synchronize locally. This allows really smart syncing, allowing users to maximize the working space on their local desktop or laptop. You no longer need to tie up gigabytes of storage for the sync client.
To select the folders you need, click on the Sync client menu and select settings and then in the settings window, select “Advanced”.
Trim Audit DB records
With 4.5.2 it is now possible to export and trim large Audit record sets, so that you can archive old audit records and then delete them so that the Audit database size is maintained easily.
Beautiful HTML Email Templates
HTML mail templates are now fully supported. See example below:
There are many many more bugfixes and updates.
You can read all the release notes here.
New Tonido FileCloud 4.0 Now Offers Mobile Device Management, Smart Notifications & Document Preview Support
Latest Update to On-Premises Private Cloud Offers Enhanced Mobile Device Security, Advanced Configuration Options to Serve Enterprises, SMBs and Managed Service Providers
AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud products and services, today launched Tonido FileCloud 4.0, adding new mobile device management (MDM) capabilities, file-change notifications, document preview and advanced administrative and configuration options to its on-premises file sharing and mobile access solution.
The only self-hosted enterprise-grade file sharing and sync solution, Tonido FileCloud puts businesses, schools, ISPs and MSPs in control of their data and infrastructure to ensure complete security and privacy, with the convenience, accessibility and real-time sync of web-based file storage. With this latest update, FileCloud 4.0 gives users even more control and customization options to address mobile device management.
“Unlike other on-premises file storage solutions, FileCloud is designed to meet the mobile accessibility and security needs of the modern business environment with robust apps, and now mobile device management, for iOS, Android and Windows 8,” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe. “With FileCloud 4.0, we’ve raised the bar even higher, adding more powerful tools and customization options to streamline the most common administrative tasks.”
The new FileCloud 4.0 now includes:
- Mobile Device Management (MDM) that gives administrators real-time visibility into all mobile devices connected to FileCloud, to view data access activity and send push notifications to device owners. Using the FileCloud MDM dashboard, admins can also remotely wipe or block mobile devices to prevent unauthorized access to FileCloud if a device is lost or stolen.
- Smart Notifications that alert users in shared folders when files or folders are changed or edited, to keep everyone on the same page with real-time collaboration, consistency and versioning control.
- Built-in document preview that enables users to view common file formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and .txt files, inside a web browser, without the need to download the full files and regardless of the software installed. This allows FileCloud users to share documents with other users running different operating systems and software without any conflict or compatibility issues.
- Enhanced administration tools that allow FileCloud admins to customize FileCloud templates, error messages and news feed options with point-and-click ease within the admin user interface dashboard, instead of requiring a configuration file. In addition, admins can see a real-time graphical snapshot of storage capacity, current usage and user activity, as well as add and configure access and security settings for users individually or by uploading a CSV file. Built-in file logging tracks all user-file interactions in a central log file for easy audit reporting.
“FileCloud Version 4.0 is a major milestone for us and the industry. The addition of MDM and remote data wipe capabilities sets a new standard in the market for enterprise-grade cloud storage and sync,” said Madhan Kanagavel, founder and CEO of CodeLathe. “The new MDM capabilities make the solution very attractive to security-conscious enterprises.”
Tonido FileCloud offers the only secure, on-premises file storage and mobile access platform with truly cross-platform compatibility for all mobile devices, as well as any web browser and desktop drive sync. With built-in enterprise-grade security, Active Directory support for user authentication and petascale capability to serve even the largest organizations, FileCloud offers a complete file sharing solution in a single, simple, flexible and affordable solution.
To get started with a free 30-day trial of FileCloud, visit www.getfilecloud.com.
New app release includes a redesigned interface, AirPrint support and improved video playback
AUSTIN, Texas, October 03, 2013 – CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud products and services, announced today that the company has updated Tonido Mobile to take advantage of the best new features in iOS 7. The new iPhone and iPad app features a complete overhaul of the user interface, mobile printing via AirPrint and optimized video playback with closed caption support.
“When Apple, Google and Windows make significant updates to their operating systems and hardware, we ensure that Tonido users can take full advantage of new functionality,” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe. “In that spirit, we have taken significant steps to optimize Tonido Mobile for iOS 7.”
Tonido Mobile allows iOS, Android and Windows users to access documents, photos, music and videos stored on their home computer from anywhere in the world. The free service provides the accessibility of the cloud without running into the storage limits, costs and security flaws of public cloud storage.
The latest version of iOS app includes three key improvements:
- Interface Redesign – The Tonido user interface was rebuilt from scratch to complement the iOS 7 flat design paradigm.
- AirPrint Support – iOS users can now print documents directly from the Tonido app using AirPrint, a technology that enables instant printing from Apple devices without the need to download and install drives.
- Video Optimization – User can now enjoy smoother video playback along with subtitles and text made available through closed caption support.
“iOS users are our top demography and ardent supporters of Tonido Personal Cloud,” said Madhan Kanagavel, founder and CEO of CodeLathe. “Our team has done an excellent job in this redesign to bring the best possible user experience. With this new app launch, we are confident that we will maintain the best personal cloud software in the Apple ecosystem.”
Tonido Personal Cloud may be downloaded for free at www.tonido.com.
The Tonido iOS app is available here in the iTunes Store
For more information on the Tonido iOS app, visit www.tonido.com/ios/
In many organizations, there will be a top level folder with folders for each employee/student/staff which is considered as that user’s Home Directory. Admins will want to make that Home Directory available automatically to users when they login via network shares. One way of accomplishing that is by creating a network share for each employee/student and mapping the folder path to that user. But this can get tedious and plain impossible when faced with a large number of users.
To help this, FileCloud supports what is called as Smart Mounting.
Smart mounts are network share paths with user variables, when assigned to a group will translate into different paths for different users of the group.
Consider that you have a situation like below:
When Joe/John/Nancy users login into the system, you want to make their home folders available automatically.
To do this, create a network share and enable “Smart Mount”
You don’t need to enter anything in Network Share Path, but select “Path Pattern” for the Smart Mount Type. (More options might be supported in the future), then enter a parameterized path like the following “c:\storage\shared\%USERID%”. This will replace %USERID% with the actual user account name when the user logs in.
After adding the network share, make sure to add a Group (or Users ) to this share. Now members of that group when they login into FileCloud will see their folder automatically.
If you want to assign this to all users in the system, simply assign it to the EVERYONE group. The EVERYONE group is a special group which has all the members in the filecloud system. If you don’t have a EVERYONE group, you can simply create a new group and use “EVERYONE” as the group name to create the dynamic group.
|PATH PATTERN SPECIAL VARIABLES||NOTES|
|%USERID%||User id as a variable in path|
|%EMAILID%||Email id as a variable in path|
|%DISPLAYNAME%||User display name as a variable in path|
FileCloud version 3.0 and above supports access to shared files using WebDAV protocol.
What FileCloud administrators needs to do?
To enable access via WebDAV, ensure TONIDOCLOUD_ALLOW_WEBDAV is set to “1″ in cloudconfig.php. Once WebDAV is enabled the FileCloud users can login using any WebDAV clients to access, upload, and delete files.
How to access FileCloud using WebDav clients?
Your FileCloud’s WebDav access URL will be as below:
- WebDav URL: https://filecloud.mywebsite.com/webdav/
- User Name: useraccount
- Password: yourpassword
What WebDav client do I use?
To make things easier, we went ahead and tried FileCloud’s compatibility of a few WebDav clients. Our findings are as follows with respect to browsing, uploading. deleting. creating, and downloading files/folders:
|WebDAV Navigator (iOS)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|BitKinex 3.2.3 (Windows)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|My WebDav (iOS)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Finder (Mac OSX)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|NetDrive 1.3.2 (Windows)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|CyberDuck 4.3.2 (Windows & OSX)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
Sample Screenshot Using BitKinex
Enterprise File Sharing (EFS) has come a long way from sharing mapped drives to sharing files via email with internal and external users. However, in recent days enterprises are demanding that EFS System to be an all-inclusive product that addresses a number of features such as security, mobile access, groups, network files, audit logs, emails, and integration with other enterprise products.
FileCloud addresses all the above features and much more. In this blog, I will discuss in detail the FileSharing features and capabilities of FileCloud.
Public Share…It cannot be any simpler
Upload, share and email all from FileCloud. File Sharing cannot get any simpler. Once the File or Folder is in FileCloud, you can simply create a share and even send an email from the FileCloud interface. By this process, FileCloud creates a public share which means that anyone can access the file through the File Share link.
Additionally, when a public share is created, you can allow uploads to that public share folder.
Private Share & Additional Security
Once the share is created, you can choose to modify permissions and select an existing user or add a new user to share the file. By this process, FileCloud creates a private share. To access the shared file the user must have an active account and login into the FileCloud.
Additionally, you can set permissions on your share to allow Read, Write (with upload size limit) and Share with an expiration date. This feature allows users to upload file or delete a file from a share and also re-share the file or folder to other users.
Re-Share a Share
When you receive a file or folder as a public or private Share FileCloud allows you to re-share the file or folder to a different user. All the more, the ability to re-share can be set when the share is originally created.
Share to a Group of Users
Admin can create a group and add a bunch of users to the group. Users can share a file to the group as a private share. Any user in the group can log-in to view the shared file.
Share from a Network
Admin can create a network share from the FileCloud admin portal. Once a network share is created, the files and folders in the network shares are accessible in the FileCloud User Interface and users can create a share and set the permissions to AD users or local users added through FileCloud.
Integration with Active Directory and LDAP
FileCloud can be integrated with your existing AD and LDAP system. Thereby, all AD/LDAP users can immediately start using File Sharing features of FileCloud. Additionally, admins can add an AD group and its users directly in the FileCloud admin portal.
No File Sharing System is complete with support for BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). FileCloud supports a range of mobile systems from iPhone, iPad, android, android tablets, Windows Phone, Windows Tablet and Blackberry. Users can create a share and access a share through all these mobile devices.
Logs are created when Shares are created and accessed. The log indicates who did what to what share when and how. You can view and export this audit log through the admin portal.
Integration with MS Outlook
Beta version of FileCloud MS Outlook add-in is available. Once installed, users can (a) Upload a file to FileCloud and share the file as a link or attachment through email (b) Share and email a file or folder that is already in FileCloud directly through outlook. In essence, users no longer have to worry about file size limits when emailing a file, save time and improve efficiency when sharing files.
I hope you got a complete overview of all the features and capabilities of Enterprise File Sharing in FileCloud. With our recent release of version 3.0, we have addressed many other features. If you have any new feature requests, we want to know. To get your trial version of FileCloud, please visit http://www.tonido.com/filecloud/registertrial.html
Tonido 4.69 is now available with several bug fixes:
- Make folder songs indexed using track number
- Make it easy to set the indexed folders in getting started
- Revamp Sharing Options Dialog box
- Show Drives directly instead of inside “Drives”
- Add confirmation saying that original files will be deleted
- Sharing list is sorted by most recent at top
- and several other bug fixes
This release is available on Tonido Desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux) and on the TonidoPlug.
We are happy to announce the release of FileCloud version 3.0. This FileCloud release offers a stunning array of new features and addresses pretty much all the pain points of enterprise file sharing.
The following are some of the most prominent features/enhancements:
Admin Portal Enhancements
Number of upgrades from UI enhancements to new feature support have been added to FileCloud admin system. Following are the highlights of admin system upgrades:
Admin UI Redesign: The admin UI was given a major facelift that gives a better visual appeal. The admin UI is now in tune and aligned more along the lines of FileCloud Users’ interface elements such as menus, fonts and layouts etc.
Upgrade support in admin UI: Now, updating your FileCloud is a breeze. Just click a button and you get the latest FileCloud updates. You can check for updates and update as needed.
User Group Support for Network shares: In the older version of the FileCloud, administrators were able to share the file system to certain users. With the recent updates, administrators can classify users into groups and share the file system to the groups. No more pain of picking users every time to do a network share.
AD Group Import: If you are integrating your Active Directory with FileCloud, you can now import a AD Group and its users directly into FileCloud.
Smart Mount of Network Shares: Smart mounts are paths with user variables, when assigned to a group will translate into different paths for different users of the group. Through this powerful feature, you can enable a users’ home directory display only for user. Following are the supported path patterns:
%USERID% – User id as a variable in path
%EMAILID% – Email id as a variable in path
%DISPLAYNAME% – User display name as a variable in path
Fore more detail information on how to set up smart mounts, click here
Multi-site management in a single machine install: The system supports multiple instances of FileCloud running under the same Apache server. This gives administrators the ability to spawn new instances with ease and reduce maintenance tasks.
Downloadable audit logs in CSV format: We have added the ability to download the log files in CSV. And, import the file into Microsoft Excel and run all your fancy reports.
Allow Mixed mode authentications In case you are using LDAP/Active Directory authentication, you are no longer limited by your Active Directory or LDAP Authentication. Now, the system will allow you to add users to FileCloud that are not part of your Active Directory or LDAP Authentication.
Updated Statistics in Dashboard: Additional statistics such as Log Folder size, Groups, Network Shares, User Shares are included in the admin UI dashboard to reflect the new upgrades.
File Sharing Enhancements:
Network Shares: Public and Private Sharing Support: If you are one of the users that has Network Shares, now you can share your network share as a public/private share. The feature will give your more usability and flexibility to share some files/folders on the file system.
Anonymous file upload to public shares: When you create a public share, you have the ability to allow any user accessing your public share be able to upload files into the share. This feature will help you extend your public share feature.
Support to Re-share a file or folder: We have added a feature to give the users that you have shared a file/folder to re-share. When you create a share, give the folder Read/Write access and check the Share Access. Now, the user you have shared your files/folders can re-share.
When the user to whom you shared logs in, he/she will have the ability to re-share.
Support to share a file or folder to a Group: If the admin has enabled groups, you can now share a file a folder to a group and all users within the group. You can even share to “everyone” if the admin has enabled the everyone group.
Other End User System Enhancements:
Antivirus Integration Support: FileCloud now uses ClamAV an open source antivirus engine to detect viruses when files are uploaded into FileCloud. During uploads, if a virus threat is detected, the file is promptly removed and a note is made in the audit system for admin review.
WebDAV support: FileCloud supports access to shared files using WebDAV protocol. For more information and supported WebDAV clients, click here
Directory download support: We have added support to download folders. The folder will be zipped and will be downloaded to the location you pick.
Multiple file download support: You can not only download a folder in zip, but also download a bunch of selected files. The selected files will be zipped and downloaded to the location you pick.
Recycle Bin support: Like any OS, we have added Recycle Bin support to FileCloud. When you delete a file/folder, we just move it to the Recycle Bin. In case, you need to recover, all you have to do is recover it from the Recycle Bin. To give Administrators more control, the Recycle Bin feature can be turned on/off.
Support for PNG Images: We have added support to include PNG image format. More image support will be added in future releases.
For more information on features, you can see our release notes
As you can see a major overhaul of FileCloud has been done that meets the important features requested by our users. You can always send us additional feature requests and enhancements that would improve the product and user experience and we will always be happy to accommodate your request depending on the feasibility.
I recently came across an interesting research study that was published by Gartner on February 2013 on Market Scope for Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing (EFSS). We wanted to see how FileCloud holds up in EFSS market space from a product perspective. In that study, Gartner identifies features and capability of an EFSS product and additionally, some of these product features are designated as mandatory or optional.
Our analysis revealed that FileCloud meets all the mandatory features outlined in the study. Additionally, FileCloud meets and exceeds a number of optional features mentioned in the study.
Mandatory or “must-have” features in an EFSS product as identified by the study.
Features & Capabilities
|1. Support for IPad||Yes|
|2. Support for at least 2 the following mobile OS platforms: iOS, android, blackberry or Windows Phone||Yes|
|3. Support for Windows desktops and Notebooks||Yes|
|4. File Sharing|
|a. Sharing among different devices belonging to the same person||Yes|
|b. Sharing files or data among different applications on the device||Yes|
|c. Sharing files inside and/or outside the organization||Yes|
|d. Choosing share destination||Yes|
|e. Inviting peers||Yes|
|f. Emailing links to shared files||Yes|
|g. Tracking file access||Yes|
|h. Restricting access based on users or usergroups||Yes|
|a. User password authentication||Yes|
|b. Lock out after a given period of inactivity||Yes|
|c. Data encryption on transfer.||Yes|
|d. Remote Wipe.||Coming Soon|
|7. Availability of secure deployment options||Yes|
|8. Integration with LDAP and Active Directory||Yes|
|9. Ownership of data (Data must always belong to enterprise)||Yes|
Additionally, FileCloud supports a number of optional features and capabilities for an EFSS product as identified by the Gartner study.
|Features & Capabilities||FileCloud|
|1. Support for Media Tablets other than iPad||Yes|
|2. Support for more than least 2 the following mobile OS platforms: iOS, android, blackberry or Windows Phone||Yes|
|3. Support for MacOS and Linux||Yes|
|4. Private Cloud and On-premises delivery model||Yes|
|5. Collaboration through version control||Yes|
|6. Integration with 3rd Party applications.||Yes|
|7. API for application developers||Yes|
|8. Certification and compliance through HIPAA||Yes|
FileCloud is a leading On-Premises File Storage, Mobile Access, File Sharing and Sync Solution for Businesses, Enterprises, Universities/Schools, ISPs and Hosting Providers. You can request a free trial from http://www.tonido.com/filecloud/