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What are the core application functionalities and capabilities of FileCatalyst?

Configuration, user activity and reporting is accessible via the administrative console. The admin console can be either local or remote. On headless Linux/Unix systems, administration must be remote. The admin console also provides live user session information in real-time. Live sessions can be also controlled from the console.

Optional Java web applet allows administration from anywhere in the world, using only a web browser. 

Advanced monitoring and remote administration is available with FileCatalyst Central, which can send out more advanced email alerts or SNMP traps.

Administrators may generate reports based on time, user and bandwidth consumption. All reports use Comma-Separated Values (CSV) files so they can be easily imported into other application such as spreadsheets or other databases.

Provisioning: Users can be provisioned either manually or automatically, using custom default options to start off with. Automatic provisioning requires your organization to use LDAP, Active Directory, PAM or SQL authentication.

User Security: Accounts can be temporarily or permanently blocked according to account or IP. Admin may choose how aggressively to block brute force attacks (based on consecutive login attempts).

Security: FileCatalyst provides security for both data transmission and user access:    

  • Encrypted with industry standards: SSL for control channel and AES for data
  • Enforce your own corporate password policies
  • Brute force attack protection
  • Filter by IP address for either inclusion or exclusion
  • FileCatalyst Central monitors and advises administrators about suspected threats
  • Authenticate via LDAP or Active Directory (LDAP, LDAPS, AD, ADS, PAM)
  • View and ban IPs or block accounts or live sessions in real time

Virtual Folders:A virtual directory outside of user’s home directory can be created. Administrators can create multi-homed directories using the virtual folders feature. This feature gives administrators the flexibility to allow users access to any required directories, while maintaining tight control over user access.

Virtual directories can be shared between users. Fine-grain permissions such as Read, Write, Modify, Delete, Create can be assigned to users for each virtual directory

Bandwidth Control:  Bandwidth consumption can be set either on a per-user basis, system based priority levels or a “fair usage” policy.    

In addition to managing usage at the user level, FileCatalyst Server offers bandwidth management on live user sessions. The administrator can either speed up or slow down current file transfers based on a session or individual file.

“Deliver ASAP” option will automatically slow down all other sessions and will allocate maximum bandwidth to the selected file transfer.

“Arrive at a specific time” option will automatically calculate the file transfer speed required to ensure that the selected file arrives at the specified time.

Post Transfer Task Execution: After a transfer is complete, a task can be automatically executed either via a shell script or an HTTP call. For example: Anti-Virus might be called on a brand new file that was just uploaded to the server.

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