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Connecting To Your Content

How to Connect to a Server

Step 1: Install the FileFlex Connector on the Server

From the server that you wish to add, complete the following:
(Note: You must be already set up as a user with credentials for the server.)

  1. From the server, remote desktop to the server or VPN to the server go to https://www.fileflex.com/downloads. Scroll down the page to Server Connectors and download the connector that correlates to the OS of your server.
  2. Run the installer you just downloaded and follow the on-screen instructions of the installation wizard. This installs the FileFlex Connector agent on your server.

    Once the agent is installed on the server, any device using FileFlex connected to the LAN can add that server as a content source.

Step 2: Link your FileFlex account to the Server.

Option 1: From a PC that is connected to the Server over the same network.

  1. Next you must link your FileFlex account to the server. From your PC or mobile device with FileFlex already installed and connected to the server over the same network whether via LAN or WiFi, open FileFlex.
  2. Select the menu icon in the Global Application bar. In the dropdown, select Add Content Source.
  3. Select Add Content Source

  4. Select the Server icon and run the setup wizard.
    Note: You must be on the same network of the server being added, via either LAN or WiFi. After you have added the server as a content source, it can be accessed over the internet.
  5. The activation page will now appear that will link your server to your FileFlex account. You will need to enter the following credentials. (Note: The user must be already set up as a user on the Server with credentials in place. Users are created by the server administrator.)

    Username - This is the username of the credentials you use to access the server on the network.

    Password - This is the password of the credentials you use to access the server on the network.

    Domain (Optional if not part of a domain) - If your server is on a company or corporate domain, you will need to enter the domain that your server belongs to. Leave this blank if you are not sure or contact your IT department for your domain name.

    Activation Code - This code is entered automatically for you. For security reasons the code is time limited and will time-out if not used shortly. If the code does time-out, you will need to start again at Step 1.

    After you have entered your user credentials, click Activate.

Congratulations - You have connected FileFlex to your server. You can now remotely access any of the storage that is attached to that server. To do so, using FileFlex, open server repository that you just created, navigate to the files and folders that you wish to access, then save it to your Favorites directory for easy future access.

You should continue connecting FileFlex to all your repositories by selecting Add More. If finished, click Done.


Option 2: From a remote device that is not connected to the server over the same network.

There may be situations where remote workers need to connect to the server - for example a sales person who works from their home or workers located in a satellite office. You can connect remote workers to any server via FileFlex, but the set up process requires access to the server. This can be via remote desktop and/or FTP to the server or through another person on the same network as the server.

(Note: The remote user must be already set up as a user on the server with credentials in place. Users are created by the server administrator.)

  1. The remote user must open FileFlex via the web client. To open the FileFlex web client, go to https://share.fileflex.com from any browser, enter your FileFlex email and password and click Login.
  2. Go to https://share.fileflex.com and enter your FileFlex credentials

  3. Select the menu icon in the Global Application bar. In the dropdown, select Add Content Source.
  4. Select Add Content Source

  5. Select the Server icon and run the setup wizard.
  6. A dialog box will now appear with an Activation Code. This code must be entered into the FileFlex Connector on the server outlined in the following steps. For security reasons the code is time limited and will time-out if not used shortly. If the code does time-out, you will need to start again at Step 2.
  7. Activation code for the Server

  8. Either though remote desktop, FTP into the server or through a colleague or administrator that is on the same network as the server, open the FileFlex Connector.
    From an internet browser on the server, enter the IP of your server and open port 4008
    ie: http://[server IP]:[4008] example: http://10.10.10.10:4008
  9. The activation page will now appear that will link the server to the remote users’ FileFlex account. Enter the following credentials plus the activation code from Step 4, then click Activate.

    Username - This is the username of the remote user for server.

    Password - This is the password of the remote user for server.

    Domain (Optional if not part of a domain) - If the server is on a company or corporate domain, enter the domain that the server belongs to. Leave this blank if unsure or contact the IT department for the domain name.

    Activation Code - This is the code that was generated in Step 4. Enter that code here.
  10. Enter your Server Username, Password and Activation Code from Step 4

Congratulations - You have connected a remote user to a server. That user can now remotely access any of the storage that is stored on the server. To do so, using FileFlex, open the server repository just created, navigate to the files and folders to access, then save it to the Favorites directory for easy future access.

You should continue connecting FileFlex to all your repositories by selecting Add More. If finished, click Done.