An Introduction to WebDrive

An Introduction to WebDrive

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WebDrive allows you to open and edit server-based files without downloading the files. WebDrive uses a simple wizard to assign a network drive letter to ExaVault FTP/SFTP server. By connecting through a virtual drive you can access and edit files from the ExaVault account on your local PC.

WebDrive provides fast transfers and directory listing, offline mode, simple backup, and sync capability. Using WebDrive you improving security by accessing your remote files without syncing and filling your local computer with copies of your files, which is a great security risk if your computer is broken.

Downloading and Installing WebDrive

WebDrive is created for two main platforms: Mac OS and Windows. In order to download it in your computer follow these links:

  1. For Mac OS.
  2. For Windows.

System requirements for WebDrive:

  • OS X v10.7 (Lion) or v10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later. Both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms are supported.
  • Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10. Both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms are supported.

After the software downloads, run it and follow the installation wizard.

Connecting and Synchronizing files with WebDrive

WebDrive is an easy-to-use FTP client. With it, you don’t need to run a separate FTP program, because WebDrive becomes part of your Windows or Mac desktop. You can access files from within the applications that you use every day, or from the convenience of Windows Explorer or Mac Finder.

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Supporting both SFTP and FTP/S, WebDrive is a secure FTP client

By mapping a network drive to ExaVault FTP/SFTP Servers, WebDrive lets you access each server as if it were a drive on your computer. You can even map unique drive letters to different folders on your server.

Supporting both SFTP and FTP/S, WebDrive is a secure FTP client. Stored passwords are also encrypted, to further improve security.

Configure WebDrive with ExaVault SFTP Server

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Configuration WebDrive with ExaVault SFTP server

To configure your WebDrive administrator to utilize public key authentication:

  1. Launch WebDrive. If you haven’t created a site, click New to launch the site creation wizard.
  2. Select SFTP and finish configuring your new site profile.
  3. Select your new site profile and click Site Properties.
  4. Click the SFTP tab.
  5. Either select the host key you would like to use or click the Host Key Manager button to create or import host keys.
  6. Close Advanced Settings and test your connection. If you do not successfully connect you will receive an error message explaining why you cannot connect. Click Close and Next.

Your site is now ready for use. WebDrive will display your server connection as a mapped drive letter. Double-click the WebDrive tray icon to view the WebDrive Monitor or to disconnect from the server.

Synchronizing files

During the synchronization process, WebDrive will check the date, time, and file size of the local and remote versions of the file. If the server version of the file has not changed since the local copy was used, the local copy will be uploaded and will replace the old version stored on the server.

Enable automatic synchronization features:

  1. Launch WebDrive. If you have not yet configured a site profile to access your server, click on the New Site button to launch the Site Profile Wizard used to create a new site profile.
  2. Select the site profile and click the Site Properties button. This will open the Advanced Properties dialog for the selected site profile.
  3. The synchronization properties are located under the General tab. Enabling Synchronize Offline files at Connect time allows WebDrive to synchronize all offline files with the remote server each time you connect to the server in Online mode.
  4. Click OK to save these settings and return to the main Site Manager dialog.

For more information how to use WebDrive:

ftp-clients/webdrive/00-introduction.txt · Last modified 2020/05/27 22:34 (external edit)