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Private Sync & Share with Active Directory

Many schools have certain regulations about where the files can be stored. Most of the time, it can only be stored inside school-owned facility and most likely, stored on-premise.

Faculties and students are also having their home directories in a traditional Windows File Server way, meaning that they log on to a campus computer and there is a v: drive or a drive letter that is pointing to the user’s home directory, typically stored as a property inside the Active Directory.

In the meanwhile, you are also seeing Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive, bringing the sync & share use cases to students. As the CIO of the school, you are looking for a similar sync and share solution that can work directly with on-premise storage and active directory. The goal is simple, you want to give users the convenience of a sync and share solution, and also, meeting school regulations.

Gladinet Cloud Enterprise and Gladinet Cloud Enterprise for Service Provider are the two products that can help.


Gladinet Cloud Enterprise works with one single Active Directory, while the service provider edition works with multiple Active Directories. Sometimes, the whole university is a single Active Directory forest with a root domain controller. Sometimes, each department has its own Active Directory domain controller. Either way, you can use the Enterprise Edition or the Service Provider Edition.

Both editions install on premise. As we observed from the customer installations, almost all of them installing into a virtual machine environment. This makes it easy to scale and upgrade.

After install, you can configure the LDAP end point for Active Directory. You can also configure the user home directory to use Active Directory entry. After that, it is all set and ready to go.

For more information, visit Gladinet Cloud Enterprise home page.

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Jerry Huang, an engineer and entrepreneur, founded Gladinet with his close friends and is pursuing interests in the cloud computing. He has published articles on the company blog as well as following up on the company twitter activities. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 1998 and has lived in West Palm Beach, Florida since.