For a few weeks now I’ve been playing around with RES software Hyperdrive. Before that I worked with Citrix Sharefile or Dropbox but because we got the chance I decided to try out Hyperdrive.
The setup is an CentOS appliance that connects into the Active directory and backend storage… there’s not much more to it essentially. I won’t discuss the installation anymore and go into the working of HyperDrive because that is more interesting imho.
RES Hyperdrive consists of some components;
- RES Hyperdrive appliance
- RES Hyperdrive Windows client
- RES HyperDrive MAC client
Working with RES Hyperdrive
In the same message you can see more about the permissions you have on that Fileserver.
Following the link in the message brings you to the Hyperdrive webpage from where you can download the client.
I’m (still) on a Windows machine, so I picked the Windows version. Installation goes smoothly and before you know it you are using RES Hyperdrive.
When I first connected my personal Hyperdrive wasn’t there, only the Consultant Fileserver was accessible. First thing I did was create a personal Fileserver.
Management of the RES Hyperdrive and the Fileservers (Folders/Shares are called Fileservers) can be done from the client or the web page. both work the same and it’s up to you to find the one you like most.
Adding a File server from the web page is done by clicking on the +. a pop-up appears that gives you the possibility to choose for a Team or a personal Fileserver.
Adding a Fileserver from the client is done by clicking “FileServer” in the menu and choose “New Fileserver” from there.
The end result is the same, a new Fileserver is created and ready to be used.
Because RES Hyperdrive is an on premises solution, synchronizing is very important. For every Fileserver you can set the synchronizing option seperatly.
Dashboard settings, like proxy, notifier interval or language can be set on a higher lever but mostly will remain default. These options can be found under “Tools/Options”.
If my laptop was to be stolen that would be pretty annoying for all my Hyperdrive files are also cached locally. To prevent anyone from using my Hyperdrive I can go the the web page a report my laptop to be stolen.
By clicking on the X I report that this laptop no longer has access to the Fileservers and I report it stolen or lost. When the thief starts my laptop and somehow gains access with my password (welcome…lol) they are asked to enter a password for the RES Hyperdrive. If they fail to enter that password they cannot access the data. All locally cached data is removed from the laptop.
With shared folders you need to set permissions for access to that folder. on our consultant folder we all have the same permissions but that’s because we’re all consultants. In other companies that might be different. Permissions can be set from the client. Clicking on the Fileserver and choosing “Guest permissions/ FileServer Team Member” allows you to set the correct permissions.
A shared folder is no good when you work on it alone. therefore you need to invite people. Clicking on the shared Fileserver and choosing “Invite Guests” allows you to invite people.
When you invite guests you can determine what they are allowed to do on that Fileserver.
If you look on your personal Fileserver you will notice there is no invite option…
Mail via Outlook
When you send large documents to multiple receipients that would cause this document to be sent to all these people with all of them reading it. Placing that same document on a Fileserver and sending a link to those same people will allow them to download it if they are really interested. It shows in recent tests that not all people will download the document.
Adding a document shows a HyperDrive pop-up.
The options allow you to make the document more secure limiting download, expiring the document and even protecting it with a password.
Clicking OK, tranfers the document to a hyperlink that is inserted in the mail as many of my customers have experienced already.
To view who has access your files you can set the notifiy when sending and if you want an more clear overview open the web page and check out the status.
What is left…
Ignore on filesize
With every product there still are some things that need improvement. RES bought the technique or the product and created something real RES from it.. it ain’t finished, one thing that I would like to see implemented is a file limit on files that are a certain size. You can however create patterns to ignore files or like I’ve done ignore certain file types. You can’t limit them on size and that the next thing we are looking for.
Another thing that doesn’t seem to be included yet is the ability to not cache at all… looking at some customer desktops where they run non-persistent VDI environments you don’t want the cache to be synced every freaking time you log on.
There has to be a no-cache option for these scenario’s, online windows desktops that are non-persistent.
Another option I haven’t seen so far is quota management… depending on your storage environment you might want to control the amount of data stored in the Hyperdrive.
This is a small quick overview of the RES Hyperdrive, hope it helps you get a better insight of the product.