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Base Configuration

During installation, users require a valid username, password, and the File Director server name. The installation wizard walks through the steps required to successfully connect to a File Director server. Many administrators may want to automate this, or roll the required settings into any base image.

In this section:


The table below contains the recommended minimum items an administrator should configure to enable a user to successfully logon to a File Director service.

Values Description
Value Name: DataNowBaseFolder Value Type: REG_SZ The location under which all File Director map points appear for the user. If using In-location Sync, the option must still be specified but this path is only used to contain shared map points. The full path is required, for example. %USERPROFILE%\DataNow

If you apply these settings using Environment Manager, you must double-escape any environment variables - for example, %%USERPROFILE%%.

Value Name: DataNowServer Value Type: REG_SZ The URL of the server including the protocol. For example, DataNowPort must be appropriate for the protocol.
Value Name: DataNowPort Value Type: REG_DWORD Default Value: 443 Minimum Value: 1 Maximum Value: 99999 The port used for communication with the server. This must match the scheme used in the server address. For example, for HTTPS, port 443.NoteDataNowPort must be appropriate for the protocol as defined inDataNowServer.
Value Name: Username Value Type: REG_SZ Set the username for users. This can be in one of three formats:


DNS Name –\user

DNS Short Name – MYD\user

You can use environment variables to set the username for all users according to their login credentials:




In the case where EnableSSO is going to be used, the username format must be UPN. Commonly defined using environment variables under HKLM, i.e. %USERNAME%@%USERDNSDOMAIN%

User and Profile Options

Other basic configuration items available to administrators enable changes to the File Director file overlays and tray notifications.

Values Description
Value Name: DataNowOverlayMask Value Type: REG_DWORD The overlays that are displayed on endpoints. You can enable or disable the following file overlay icons that users can see in Explorer:

Pending - The file is not in sync and requires synchronization

Synchronized - The file is in sync (up-to-date)

Synchronizing - The file is being synchronized

User action - User action is required

Base folder - The 'File Director' icon will be overlaid on the base folder

Home folder - The 'home' icon will be overlaid on the home map-point folder

ReadOnly folder - The 'read only' icon will be overlaid on a read-only folder

Shared folder - The 'shared' icon will be overlaid on a non read-only, non-home online map-point folder

Offline folder - The 'offline' icon will be overlaid on an offline map-point folder

The values chosen for this setting have no effect on the installation and registration of the overlays with Windows Explorer.

The default value enables the following: Home, ReadOnly, Shared and Offline folder overlays plus Pending, Synchronized, Synchronizing and User Action file

Value Name: DataNowShowStatusUpdates Value Type: REG_DWORD Balloon notifications appear in the system tray and typically show error messages. Only unrecoverable errors are shown in this way, such as attempting to sync a file to a map point that no longer exists or has been made read only by the administrator. No value or any non-zero value enables notifications, a value of 0 (zero) disables notifications.

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