This article, intended for IT Professionals, IT Consultants, or IT Administrators, will discuss a new functionality of Synology Cloud Station, announced with the release of Synology DSM 5.1. This article will illustrate the capability of deploying a distributed private cloud with bi-directional file-level syncing, while maintaining centralized management of ADS NTFS-Style ACLs throughout the entire distributed private cloud, as well an application scenario for this technology.
Recently in November 2014, Synology finished its extensive public beta evaluation of DSM 5.1 and released the General Availability version. This release brought many improvements such as automatic security updates, service interface binding to isolate specific services to each NIC, VMware VAAI for NFS for improved VMware vSphere performance, and improved private cloud capabilities. This article discusses the newly added support for bi-directional syncing of a file’s Windows “NTFS-Style” ACLs via Synology’s Cloud Station.
Bi-directional Syncing of files with Windows NTFS-Style ACLs
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To allow ADS Authentication and use of ADS ACLs on the remote DiskStations, a VPN is created to allow the remote DiskStations to communicate with the ADS Server at the main office. After the ADS Authentication is established, Cloud Station can take over to handle the bi-directional syncing, and maintain the ADS ACLs with the individual files. For the Cloud Station Clients, the Sync Profiles were set to sync all privileges.
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As businesses continue to prefer private cloud storage solutions, the need of enterprise level file management access control is needed. In today’s world, a single company can have multiple ROBOs to serve the needs of that specific region of the world. With a distributed business, the need to maintain private, high performance local access to synchronized files is needed, along with a need centralized management of file access in the distributed private cloud.
By supporting ADS ACL Bi-directional syncing, Synology is adding another asset, another enterprise level tool for the distributed businesses, where a single person can efficiently manage the access of files in today’s distributed private cloud.