Until now FileCatalyst users have been “jailed” in their home directory. This was designed as a security feature to prevent users from browsing the file system. Users could only access files that were found within their sandbox, regardless of the underlying operating system.

The flip side to the security this feature was the tight restriction placed on locations a user has access to. A new directory outside a user’s sandbox could only be accessed by creating a new, separate user and having that user’s home directory pointing to the required source.

Starting with v3.1, administrators will now be able to create multi-homed directories using the new virtual folders feature. This feature gives administrators the flexibility to allow users access to any required directories, while maintaining tight control over user access.

Steps to creating and assigning virtual folders:

  • When a user requires access to files stored in another directory, the administrator can create a Virtual Folder, which is an alias for a path. For example, a Virtual Folder might be named “project1” but have the path “Y:/PROJECT//” on the server.
  • The virtual folder is then assigned to the user, where it appears as a mounted subdirectory inside their home directory.
  • Multiple virtual folders may be assigned to a user, each with assigned permissions on the mounted drive.

Group Folders

Admins are also able to place multiple virtual folders into a “group”. Assigning this group to a user will assign all folders within that group with a single action.

For example, a video project might require folders from various drives. HD work might be on k:hdwork, web clips might be on g:web-clips and closed captioning might be on f:closed-captioning.

These 3 folders can be grouped into a single file group called “video project” and assign all 3 virtual folders with a single click to a user defined in FileCatalyst Direct Server.