Folder Sync (Windows Server)

 

With Nomadesk 7.0.2 you can now select existing folders on your machine and sync them with a Nomadesk Vault (existing or new).  

This capability is only recommended for, and therefore supported on, Windows servers – not for regular desktop computers (see disadvantages below).

The intended use case is the exposure of Windows network shares beyond the corporate firewall, using Nomadesk, without having to copy the server’s files on a separate Vault.

As a result, internal users can continue working on the existing network shares, while external/mobile users gain secured access using Nomadesk.

Advantages:

  • you don't need to copy existing data onto a Vault
  • you can now share a complete vault as a network share for your local network users

Disadvantages:

  • the locally selected folder is not encrypted and always visible; i.e. no end-point security
  • every time the computer (i.e., server) reboots, a full sync is required of the Vault to check integrity

 

To set up Folder Sync:

  • open regedit
  • go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\
  • if it doesn't exists yet, creat a new key Nomadesk®
  • create a new string value AllowFolderSync and set it to True

 

  • restart Nomadesk
  • now you can right click a folder on your computer and select Sync this folder with Nomadesk (note: only local data can be synced, not data on a network path as Nomadesk is unable to detect systemevents from a network location)
  • NOTE: if you see the option, but it doesn't react when you click it, check the Message Queuing

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  • if you see the option, but it doesn't react when you click it, check the Message Queuing
  • you can choose to make a new Vault from that folder, or sync the folder with an existing Vault. 
  • the new Vault name can be different than the existing folder name.

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  • if you want to sync the folder with an existing vault, you can select the Vault from the dropdown menu. Only Vaults that are not imported yet will be visible in the dropdown list.

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  • if you select an existing Vault, Nomadesk will merge the content of the locally selected folder with the existing Vault.

 

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    Kenny Clement

    These instructions can also be used for HyperDrive.
    The registry policy path then changes to:
    HKLM\Software\Policies\nmd\HyperDrive

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