Ask The Experts: Micro Focus Vibe and Filr [39]

Welcome to this edition of questions and answers for Micro Focus Vibe and Filr.  If you wish to ask me any questions then please email them to qanda@open-horizons.net.

Filr 3.3 is due for release in a few weeks’ time, and as there are a number of new features in the product I thought that in this issue we can cover some subjects where I have questions that will be resolved in 3.3.  Like the upgrades to 3.1 and 3.2 the upgrade to 3.3 will be through the update channel.

If you wish to add an enhancement to the ideas portal, or vote on an existing idea, then visit ideas.microfocus.com/mfi/novell-filr.  This is where the product team looks to decide which features to add to future releases of the product.

Q: My department runs the IT infrastructure for two separate schools: is there a way that we can have different branding for each school?

A: The new version of Filr supports Multi Tenancy: This allows you to set up totally different Zones for different host names on the same Filr infrastructure.  This means that, depending on the URL used to access the server (see figure 1), different sites will be accessed, each site can have its own branding, users and net folders!   This is something that will be useful for organisations that have multiple entities or it will be perfect for partners who wish to host Filr for multiple customers.

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Figure 1: Listing Zones in the Filr Administration Console

When you first login to a zone you will need to use the default admin user and password; it is a new Filr site after all!  Then just set it up as a new site, each zone has a different LDAP, and Net Folder configuration and all the other settings in the administration console, including custom branding.

Q: Vibe has an add-in for Microsoft Office that allows you to access documents directly from within Word and other Office applications.  Can we have similar functionality in Filr?

This article was first published in Open Horizons Magazine, Issue 39, 2017/4, p35-36.

 

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