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Storage Sync for VMware Installation

Overview

You can download Storage Sync below.  To ensure optimal performance when using Storage Sync, Egnyte has designated the following system requirements for your VMware device.

Storage Sync Installation

Download the Storage Sync Template and Install Guide that applies to your VMware version. For a comparison of VMware offerings, click here

 ESX/ESXi 5.x/6.x

 Product Guide

 Download Storage Sync for ESX/ESXi 5.x/6.x 

 

Migrate Storage Sync from v10.3 to v11.0

Storage Sync 11.0 is built on top of 64-bit CentOS 7.1 version. This requires deploying a new virtual machine (VM) and moving the data disk to this VM. Please refer to the migration guide in order to move data and configuration from the existing VM to Storage Sync 11.0.

For previous versions of Storage Sync, please first upgrade to Storage Sync 10.3.

The following upgrade paths are supported for this release:

  • Version 10.3.x →11.0

Memory Requirement

Below are Egnyte’s minimum memory requirements.  The amount of RAM required for your system depends on the number of concurrent users accessing the device and the number of files synced with Egnyte. To ensure scalability, you should select hardware based on forecasts for both concurrent user and file growth.

 

 Storage Sync Limits  4GB RAM  8GB RAM 16GB RAM
 Maximum Number of Mapped  Users  1000  3000  5000
 Concurrent Users Accessing the  Share  Up to 50  Up to 100  Up to 250
 Maximum Number of Files on  Local Disk  Up to 10,000,000  Up to 10,000,000  Up to 10,000,000

 

Please note that these figures are approximations; sync times can vary greatly depending on factors like file size. Please contact us if you have any specific questions about the right storage configuration for your company's workload.

We are also able to implement a solution with multiple VMs in circumstances where your max files or concurrent user needs exceed the figures listed above.

Minimum system requirements for installing ESX/ESXi

Please refer to the following VMware knowledge base article.

Total Storage Considerations

There is a total storage maximum of 16 TB per instance of Storage Sync that you deploy; storage can be allocated in increments of 2 TB up to this 16 TB limit.  We recommend deploying multiple Storage Sync VMs if you need to access more than 16 TB of storage at a specific location.

Maximum Folder and File Size

Egnyte allows you to sync 50,000 files in any folder and up to 10 million files total between your device and the Cloud.  Files in sub-folders do not count against the 50K file per folder limit, so not only can you have 50K files in each folder, you can also have up to 50K files in each sub-folder. In addition, you can sync files up to 10GB in size.  And with continued development of our sync tools, both the maximum number of files and the file size will continue to increase. 

Mapping a Drive to Storage Sync

Once you've installed Storage Sync on your server and synchronized your data, individual users can map drives from their computer to Storage Sync.  To do so, follow the directions below:

For PC users, open “My Computer”, and click on menu item Tools > Map Network Drive. The folder name to be used is: \\Storage-Sync-IP-Address\ELC

For Mac users, open “Finder”, and click on menu item Go > Connect To Server. The location to be used is: smb://Storage-Sync-IP-Address/ELC

Active Directory Requirements

You can configure Storage Sync to work with Active Directory. We have qualified Storage Sync to work against the following Active Directory versions:

  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
  • Windows Server 2012 Active Directory
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory

Restrictions

Storage Sync is built to integrate seamlessly with your VMware device; but there are a few restrictions that our integration does not support.  The following are not supported:

  • Open LDAP integration (only Active Directory integration is supported)
  • Use of AFP to access share from on Mac OS (only CIFS/SMB is supported)
  • Synchronization of files from existing external shared folders (only files Egnyte/Storage Sync share will sync)

Note:  Only files transferred to the Egnyte share using a mapped network drive (SMB/CIFS) will synchronize.  All files transferred to the share through other methods (e.g. command line copy) will not be recognized by Storage Sync and will not be synced to the Cloud.

Changes you make to a file will only be synced once you close the file. This is usually not an issue for file types that are typically closed when editing is finished (like Word or Excel documents).

However, there are certain specialized application file types like those used in databases (Oracle databases, Mysql, SQL server, Access DB), Exchange servers, and virtual machines (e.g. VMWare) which are left open for extended periods of time while changes are made. Egnyte is not currently able to sync changes to these file-types while the files remain open, so use caution when storing them in a synced-folder.

 Overview

You can download Storage Sync below.  To ensure optimal performance when using Storage Sync, Egnyte has designated the following system requirements for your VMware device.

Storage Sync Installation

Download the Storage Sync Template and Install Guide that applies to your VMware version. For a comparison of VMware offerings, click here

 ESX/ESXi 5.x/6.x

 Install Guide  

 Download Storage Sync for ESX/ESXi 5.x/6.x 

 

Mapping a Drive to Storage Sync

Once you've installed Storage Sync on your server and synchronized your data, individual users can map drives from their computer to Storage Sync.  To do so, follow the directions below:

For PC users, open “My Computer”, and click on menu item Tools > Map Network Drive. The folder name to be used is: \\VM.IP.ADDRESS\ELC

For Mac users, open “Finder”, and click on menu item Go > Connect To Server. The location to be used is: smb://VM.IP.ADDRESS/ELC

Memory Requirement

Below are Egnyte’s minimum memory requirements.  The amount of RAM required for your system depends on the number of concurrent users accessing the device and the number of files synced with Egnyte. 

 

 

 4GB RAM

 8GB RAM

 Concurrent Users  Accessing the Mapped  Network Drive

 Up to 100

 Up to 200

 Files

 Up to 2,000,000

 Up to 5,000,000

 Maximum Number of  Mapped Users

Up to 1,000

Up to 3,000

Please note that these figures are approximations; sync times can vary greatly depending on factors like file size. Please contact us if you have any specific questions about the right storage configuration for your company's workload.

We are also able to implement a solution with multiple VMs in circumstances where your max files or concurrent user needs exceed the figures listed above.

Minimum system requirements for installing ESX/ESXi

Please refer to the following VMware knowledge base article.

Total Storage Considerations

There is a total storage maximum of 16 TB per instance of Storage Sync that you deploy; storage can be allocated in increments of 2 TB up to this 16 TB limit.  We recommend deploying multiple Storage Sync VMs if you need to access more than 16 TB of storage at a specific location.

Maximum Folder and File Size

Egnyte allows you to sync 50,000 files in any folder and up to 10 million files total between your device and the Cloud.  Files in sub-folders do not count against the 50K file per folder limit, so not only can you have 50K files in each folder, you can also have up to 50K files in each sub-folder. In addition, you can sync files up to 10GB in size.  And with continued development of our sync tools, both the maximum number of files and the file size will continue to increase. 

Active Directory Requirements

You can configure Storage Sync to work with Active Directory. We have qualified Storage Sync to work against the following Active Directory versions:

  • Windows Server 2008 Active Directory
  • Windows Server 2012 Active Directory
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Active Directory

Restrictions

Storage Sync is built to integrate seamlessly with your VMware device; but there are a few restrictions that our integration does not support.  The following are not supported:

  • Open LDAP integration (only Active Directory integration is supported)
  • Use of AFP to access share from on Mac OS (only CIFS/SMB is supported)
  • Synchronization of files from existing external shared folders (only files Egnyte/Storage Sync share will sync)

Note:  Only files transferred to the Egnyte share using a mapped network drive (SMB/CIFS) will synchronize.  All files transferred to the share through other methods (e.g. command line copy) will not be recognized by Storage Sync and will not be synced to the Cloud.

Changes you make to a file will only be synced once you close the file. This is usually not an issue for file types that are typically closed when editing is finished (like Word or Excel documents).

However, there are certain specialized application file types like those used in databases (Oracle databases, Mysql, SQL server, Access DB), Exchange servers, and virtual machines (e.g. VMWare) which are left open for extended periods of time while changes are made. Egnyte is not currently able to sync changes to these file-types while the files remain open, so use caution when storing them in a synced-folder.

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