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How Do I Manage Access to Smart Cache Using IP Ranges?

How Do I Increase the Storage Size on Smart Cache?

Do I Need to Create Individual Users in Smart Cache like Storage Sync?

Can I Change or Rename the Smart Cache Device After the Initial Installation?

What is the Maximum Size of Storage Disks that is Supported on Smart Cache?

Can I Install Multiple Smart Cache Devices in the Same Location?

Do I Need to Enable Smart Cache on the WebUI?

Can I Use Single Sign-On Authentication or Active Directory if I am Using Smart Cache?

What Types of Files are Supported on Smart Cache?

What Happens when I Travel from One Location to Another? Am I Still Going to be Connected to Smart Cache in my Initial Location?

How Do I Make Changes to the Folder Selection after Initial Installation?

How Do I Access Folders and Files from Smart Cache on My Desktop?

How Do I Configure a Static IP Address for Smart Cache?

Which Hypervisors Can I Deploy Smart Cache On?

Can I Be Smart Cache Connected when I am Working from Home?

Can I Disable Automatic Software Upgrades on Smart Cache?

Can I Change the Software Upgrade Window on Smart Cache?

 

How Do I Manage Access to the Smart Cache Device Using IP Ranges?

To manage access to Smart Cache based on IP ranges, you will need to change the access rules at the following location:

Settings -> Devices -> Storage Devices -> <Device Name> -> Settings -> Access Rules

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By default, all domain users will be able to discover the Smart Cache Device. It is possible to limit the discoverability by adding IP range rules. Once a rule is set, only Desktop App users whose device's internal IP(s) match (one or more of) the rules will be able to access the Smart Cache Device.

 

How Do I Increase the Size of Storage on Smart Cache?

The articles will walk you through how to add additional disk space to your Smart Cache device with VMware ESX or Hyper-V. Do Not attempt to expand the current data storage. If you've received an email from us stating your Smart Cache device is running out of disk space, follow the steps below:

At this time, adding disks of 2TB or less with a max disk size of 16TB is supported (e.g. if you need to add a 6TB data disk, add 3 disks of 2TB each).

 

Increasing Storage on Smart Cache (VMware ESXi)

  1. Connect to your ESXi host via VMware vSphere client or vCenter and click the Console tab. 

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  2. Log in to the console with the credentials presented (admin/turbocharged).

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  3. Select Option 6 from the menu and confirm by typing yes to shut down the virtual machine.

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  4. Navigate to the Summary tab of the Smart Cache virtual machine and click Edit Settings.

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  5. Select the Add option from the Hardware tab and click Ok.

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  6. Select the option to add Hard Disk and click Next.

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  7. Select the option to Create a new virtual disk and click Next.

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  8. Provide the size requirements and datastore location and click Next.

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  9. Verify the options selected are correct and click Finish.

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  10. Verify the New Hard Disk has been added or is being added and click OK.

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  11. Boot up the Smart Cache device by right-clicking on the Smart Cache device name, hovering over Power, and clicking Power On.

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  12. Once the virtual machine has completed the boot up, navigate to the Smart Cache device page and confirm that the disk usage indicator provides the size of disk available.

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Increasing Storage on Smart Cache (Hyper-V)

  1. Open Hyper-V Manager, right-click on the Virtual Machine, and click Connect.

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  2. Log in to the console with the credentials presented (admin/turbocharged).

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  3. Select Option 6 from the menu and confirm by typing yes to shut down the virtual machine.

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  4. Click the Settings link of the Smart Cache VM.

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  5. To attach a new virtual disk to the VM, select SCSI Controller and click Add.

    The virtual disk type must be SCSI and will determine how much space is allocated to Smart Cache.


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  6. Select New and click Next.

    If you're running Hyper-V 2012 or 2008, this option may not appear as a selection.

  7. Select VHD for the format and click Next.

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  8. Choose a Disk Type and click Next.

    Fixed-size is recommended.


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  9. Type a name for the disk and select the location you wish to put the VHD and click Next.

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  10. Select the size of the virtual hard disk and click Next.

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  11. Verify the information is correct and click Finish to create the VHD.

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  12. Once the VM has completed boot up, navigate to the Smart Cache device page and confirm that the disk usage indicator provides the size of the disk available.

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Do I Need to Create Individual Users in Smart Cache like Storage Sync?

Unlike Storage Sync, Smart Cache acts as a proxy for authentication requests and redirects them to the cloud for authentication, therefore does NOT require administrators to create users on the Smart Cache device.

Can I Change or Rename the Smart Cache Device After the Initial Installation?

The Smart Cache UI allows administrators to create a device name during the first-time installation. The Smart Cache device can be renamed via an option in the admin console (maintenance menu) of the device. 

What is the Maximum Size of Storage Disks that are Supported on Smart Cache?

Smart Cache supports up to 16TB of storage disks with 2TB increments. 

For instructions on system specifications and how to add new disks, refer to the instructions in the Product Guide. 

Can I Install Multiple Smart Cache Devices in the Same Location?

No, we recommend only one Smart Cache device be installed at a given location.

Do I Need to Enable Smart Cache on the Cloud or WebUI?

Yes! Smart Cache access must be enabled from the WebUI by navigating to the Configuration tab under Settings, selecting the Applications page, and enabling the Allow users to access folders stored on Smart Cache devices.

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Can I Use SSO Authentication Or Active Directory If I Am Using Smart Cache?

Yes. Smart Cache acts as a proxy for authentication requests from Desktop Apps and redirects them to the cloud for authentication. Smart Cache supports all Single Sign-on authentication mechanisms that work on the web interface.

If Active Directory Authentication is enabled in the cloud, users can be authenticated against AD.

What Types of Files are Supported on Smart Cache?

File Types

Supported

Microsoft Office Formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)

Adobe File Formats (.pdf, .ai, .psd, .indd)

AutoCAD(.dwg,.dxf)

Others (.rtf, .jpg, .png, .tiff, .bmp, .txt, .avi, .wmv, .mov, .mp4)

Unsupported

Database applications like GIS (ArcGIS)

Other applications like SolidWorks and Unreal Engine

What Happens When I Travel from One Location to Another? Am I Going to Still Be Connected to the Smart Cache Device in my Initial Location?

If the user moves one office location A to office location B and if Smart Cache is installed in both locations then Desktop App will automatically switch to the Smart Cache to location B. If location B does not have a Smart Cache then Desktop app will connect directly to the cloud.

Here are more details regarding how the discovery process works: 

  1. Get a list of all Smart Cache devices in the domain.
  2. What Smart Cache devices are you authorized to connect to?
  3. Which of those Smart Cache devices is healthy?
  4. Between the cloud and healthy Smart Cache devices, which device has the least latency?
  5. Connect to the best device (or fall back to the cloud if it can’t connect).  

How Do I Make Changes to the Folder Selection After the Initial Installation?

Changes to the folder selection can be done through the Smart Cache UI. Instructions can be found in the “Modify Folders and Sub-Folders to be the Synchronized” section of the Product Guide.

How Do I Access Folders and Files from the Smart Cache Device on My Desktop?

You need to install Egnyte Desktop App on the user machines to access the data through Smart Cache. Egnyte Desktop app seamlessly provides a unified view of all content that is shared with the user irrespective of if the content is synced to the device or rendered from the cloud.

How Do I Configure a Static IP Address for Smart Cache?

Smart Cache supports the use of DHCP as well as static IP addressing for network connectivity. For instructions on how to configure Static IP, refer to the “Set up a Static IP Address for Smart Cache” section in the Product Guide. 

Which Hypervisors Can I Deploy Smart Cache On?

Smart Cache installers are only available for VMware ESXi and Windows Hyper-V. Review the helpdesk article for further guidance on choosing the right NAS device for your remote job site.

Can I be Smart Cache Connected when I am Working from Home?

Yes, this is possible in a few rare scenarios where the user has better latency through VPN access to the Smart Cache device from home than to the cloud directly.

Can I Disable Automatic Software Upgrades On The Smart Cache Device?

Smart Cache does not support disabling automatic software upgrades.

Can I Change The Software Upgrade Window On The Smart Cache Device?

Yes, admins can change the upgrade window from the devices page.  The change can be made by going to the following page:

Settings  -> Devices -> Storage Devices -> <Device Name> -> Settings ->  Upgrades

 

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