Arnica FileServer is a web-based tool, which helps you implement web-based access to files and folders, allowing users to view and download files, and perform other general operations with files and folders, such as: delete, rename, copy, move, upload and email. Access to files and folders is given through FileServer-maintained entities called "virtual folders", which hide the physical location of actual resources and exposed files via web interface with presentation style features specified by virtual folder designers. Arnica FileServer does not use FTP protocol and does not rely on the Internet Information Server to map physical folders to virtual folders, i.e. the location of resources is not exposed to direct web requests.
True Thin Client
Arnica FileServer is a true thin client solution: design, user access and
administration are all done through a web browser. To ensure broader
compatibility and ease of integration, Arnica FileServer uses pure
HTML/XML/CSS content on web pages and does not utilize client-side
presentation and customization may be performed on desktops running
different operating systems (Windows, Linux, Mac, etc.).
Easy To Integrate
HTML nature of output generated by Arnica FileServer means its content
may be easily integrated with content produced by other tools, e.g.
.NET or PHP pages, portal content, etc.
Arnica FileServer may be used as a stand-alone tool or it may be integrated with
web portals, such as Arnica WebPortal, Microsoft SharePoint, and
FormServer is a template-driven solution. Templates are created using
standard HTML content fragments with evaluatable expressions and may be
used to customize virtually any presentation part of FileServer output: top
level page composition, headers and footers, toolbars, folder items, file items, hierarchical current file location presentation, etc. Shared
presentation features saved in a virtual folder template may be re-used by
multiple virtual folders and managed centrally. A contemporary default template
may be used for all new solutions, with further modifications added at a later stage to
fit your style requirements.
Central Database Repository
FileServer stores its meta data (virtual folder definitions) in a central
database repository (based on Microsoft SQLServer or free SQLServer
Express Edition) and allows certain operations to be performed simultaneously against
multiple virtual folders at design time, for example, meta search and
updates against several virtual folders or templates, virtual folder and template export/import,
ability to use global parameters shared by multiple virtual folders, etc. There are no individual components to
multiple servers to make the solution available at runtime, as all virtual folders
definitions and templates are stored in a database and Arnica FileServer pulls this information from the database at realtime when displaying file and folder lists or accessing individual files.
Broad Compatibility and Integration Capabilities
Web interface of Arnica FileServer allows easy integration with virtually any contemporary tools and technologies supporting HTTP communication, such
as .NET, PHP, Java, COM, Microsoft SharePoint, IBM WebSphere, open
source portals and other integration platforms.
Access Control and Activity Log
FileServer supports user authentication and authorization provided by
.NET and allows granular user access control with zero programming
efforts through integration with Arnica UnifiedLogon identity management
system (single application version of Arnica UnifiedLogon is included
at no cost with Arnica FileServer).
FileServer publishes detailed activity events into central database
repository, enabling you to perform statistical analysis of activity by
various parameters, such as per user, per virtual folder, within specified date