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Acronis Files Connect (Server)

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Brand: Acronis Files Connect


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Acronis Files Connect expands beyond Macs to provide fast, seamless file access to iOS and Android phones and tablets.

The Access mobile clients provide rich file browsing, full-content searching, file previewing and editing, as well as selective synchronization for working offline.

When Mac users try to access Windows file servers and NAS devices, they typically suffer from poor performance, data integrity issues, slow searches, and many other disruptive problems. Acronis Files Connect solves these problems.

At its core, Acronis Files Connect is an AFP server that runs on your Windows server and enables Macs to connect to file shares and NAS via Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) instead of the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

AFP server

Stop the Mac SMB file sharing nightmare once and for all

Acting as an AFP server, Acronis Files Connect:

  • Reducing SMB protocol bugs, performance, and compatibility problems related to locked files and file naming issues, file corruption, permissions problems, non-functional Windows shortcuts, and other issues;
  • Provides much faster file share mounting, folder browsing, and file opening.
Connect Macs to SMB servers

Spotlight search across all file shares

Normally, when Mac users connect over SMB to Windows or NAS file shares, they are limited to filename-only search that has to slowly crawl files shares, for each search issued. With Acronis Files Connect, Macs can connect to file shares via AFP or SMB and perform filename and content Spotlight searches using our new Mac client application or the default Finder.

Integrate Macs into enterprise IT systems

Integrate Macs into enterprise IT systems

Acronis Files Connect integrates with key enterprise infrastructure elements, including:

  • Active Directory
  • Distributed File System (DFS)
  • Home directories
  • Clustering
  • File name policies
Acronis Files Connect product page

Provide fast file access from mobile devices

Acronis Files Connect expands beyond Macs to provide fast, seamless file access to iOS and Android phones and tablets.

The Access mobile clients provide rich file browsing, full-content searching, file previewing and editing, as well as selective synchronization for working offline.

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Key Features

aac feature afp

AFP connection to file shares

With Acronis Files Connect, Macs connect to and mount file shares on Windows file servers and NAS as native AFP volumes. This allows Mac users to continue using the same tools and applications for accessing servers and printers that they always have.
aac feature spotlight

Full content Spotlight searching

Acronis Files Connect links Mac Spotlight to a server-side index that seamlessly integrates with the native Windows Search service or a built-in Acronis Content Indexing. Acronis Content Indexing can index filenames and content on any file share, including non-Windows and NAS devices.
aac feature mobile clients

File access for mobile devices

Acronis Files Connect isn’t limited to Macs. Seamless file access is also provided for mobile devices (iOS and Android) with intuitive browsing, searching, previewing, editing, and automatic synchronization.
aac feature time machine

Time Machine backup to file shares

With Acronis Files Connect, Mac users’ documents can be automatically backed up to a Windows file server or NAS, and users can selectively restore previous versions directly from their desktop, without help desk intervention.
aac feature dfs

Network Reshare and DFS support

With the Network Reshare feature, Mac clients can use AFP file sharing to connect to one Acronis Files Connect server, and access files and folders located on additional SMB file servers and NAS devices, as well as Distributed File System (DFS) file shares.
aac feature fn policies

File name policies support

Acronis Files Connect can be configured to enhance cross-platform workflow compatibility by preventing Mac clients from actively saving, creating, or renaming files with Unicode characters, or with long path lengths, that are problematic for legacy Windows applications.
aac feature ad support

Active Directory support

With Acronis Files Connect, Mac users leverage their existing network accounts and a Kerberos-based single sign on to access files on the network in accordance with Active Directory permissions mapped to effective Mac permissions, ensuring security.

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System Requirements

Acronis Files Connect runs on virtually all variations of Windows 2003, 2008 and 2012, up to 2012 R2. The only known exception is Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (the Standard edition is supported).

The minimum system requirements are documented in the ReadMe file

Detailed Acronis Files Connect System Recommendations:

  • Server type: Physical or virtual
  • Operating System: Windows Server 2012 R2 or 2008 R2 recommended. (Also supported: 2008 R1 and 2003 SP2 or later.)
  • CPU: At least two processor cores. Four or more cores may be beneficial for heavy load with hundreds or thousands of users.
  • RAM: At least 2GB for production recommended.
  • Disk Space - Installation: 1GB required for the installer to run.
  • Disk Space - Usage: Sufficient disk space for files stored on the server.
  • Disk Speed - Faster drives can improve performance, especially with high numbers of concurrent users. 10K, 15K or SSD drives can be beneficial for improving response times.
  • NICs: At least one Gigabit Ethernet card. For best performance when using the network reshare feature, it's beneficial to have a second NIC so that Macs can connect to the server using AFP through one card, while the server uses the other card to retrieve/store data on the target file shares.
  • To support Active Directory authentication, the server must be bound to the domain. Alternatively, local Windows accounts can be used.
Acronis Files Connect supports Mac OS X 10.2.3 or later, including OS X Mavericks 10.9.x and OS X Yosemite 10.10.x. There is no special Mac software installation required for Acronis Files Connect – Macs just connect to the Windows server running Acronis Files Connect over their built-in AFP network protocol, the same as they would to another Mac or Xserve. Acronis Files Connect also includes an optional dashboard widget called the Zidget.

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