Presenting Storage to Users (SMB)

Posted on 30th November 2017

Network SMB Home Folders / Home Directories

Foldr can automatically discover and connect users to their corresponding home folder, providing they are configured within Active Directory:

Active Directory Users & Computers >> User Object >> Properties >> Profile Tab >> Home Folder >> Connect.

To perform automatic home folder provisioning, a share should be configured as using the variable %homefolder% for the Share URI / Path as shown below:

If user’s home folders are configured using other methods (for example, login scripts or Group Policy Preferences) the administrator can add one or more additional shares as necessary to map share paths to user’s home folder locations as required.  Please note that the standard environment variable %username% is supported so you can bulk provision home folders to suit the network environment.

Other SMB Shares

To present network shares other than the home folder, add another share and configure the Share URI / path as required.

Share Name:  This is the name of the share that is presented to the end user.

Share URl:
  Enter the fully qualified network path to the share, prefixed with smb:// –  This should be configured as shown below:
smb://file server FQDN or IP address/share name

Example: smb://fileserver1.yourdomain.internal/Resources

Windows style UNC paths are accepted and are automatically converted into a compatible format by the appliance:

\\fileserver1.yourdomain.internal\Resources is automatically converted to


DFS Shares

DFS Shares are supported, however DFS shares must be configured fully qualified as shown:

Not that DFS paths using the default – short, unqualified NETBIOS path are not compatible with Foldr.

WebDAV Shares (Blackboard, Firefly and other LMS / VLE)

WebDAV shares are supported and must be prefixed with https:// as shown in the example below:


The share configuration screen provides an optional NTLM authentication toggle which is required with some LMS/VLE systems.

Azure File Shares

On the Azure platform, an administrator can create SMB shares directly from the management portal without the need to deploy Windows file server VMs to provision SMB shares.  These shares are supported and can be presented in the Foldr interface.

The Foldr appliance can either run on-premise, or in Azure to connect to Azure Storage, however the smb-mode on the appliance must be set to modern to ensure SMB3 is used.  Run the following command on the appliance console:

smb-mode modern

Microsoft require that you connect to Azure file shares using a separate dedicated storage username and password (secret / key). To support this scenario, Foldr must connect to the Azure File Share using a dedicated service account and enabling the ‘Use service account for all access’ option, as shown below:

Please note that when creating the Azure service account, the username **must** be appended with ‘**@any-workgroup-name**’ otherwise the credentials will be considered invalid.




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