Network Access, Anywhere
ITWorx's Fileway 1.1 provides a Web tunnel to your internal resources.
Companies typically use corporate virtual private networks (VPNs) to
enable users to connect to company resources remotely; but what if there
isn't a place to "jack in" and the only thing you have is a public connection?
FileWay by ITWorx is a Web-based application that allows users to get
access to internal resources from any location.
But before you jump in and use the product, you want to make sure that
your system is can deal with the components the application installs.
If specific components don't already exist on your system, the installation
asks you if you want them. If you refuse, the application won't install
properly. You need to ensure that you have the following in place before
- Microsoft Data Access Components (MSDAC) 2.7 or higher
- Microsoft (.NET) Framework and Microsoft (.NET) Framework Service
- Microsoft SQL Server
- Soft Artisan's FileUp component
I found the installation process straightforward, but not easy. If your
system doesn't have MSDAC 2.7 or the .NET Framework, the application will
install it for you. The one thing I was prepared for (because I read the
documentation beforehand) was that I must have a server running Microsoft
SQL Server or have Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE). I was disappointed that
the installation didn't automatically install MSDE if no SQL server were
available and didn't automatically configure it like other portal software.
Be prepared to know the database server name and the database admin account
name and password before proceeding or you won't get very far in the installation
|Figure 1. The FileWay installation installs components
that make the application .NET-enabled.
|Figure 2. The FileWay installation requires a
database server to be online.
I recommend reading the installation guide, as well as the product's
whitepapers, thoroughly before installing the software. The guides provide
helpful screenshots to let you know what you should see during the install
process. If all the components are in place you'll, for the most part,
click "Next" a lot. If the components aren't in place, you'll have an
ugly experience. The installation guides should delve deeper into configuring
the SQL server portion because this can be frustrating for newbies—really
frustrating. I sympathize with users who grab the CD, pop it in, accept
the EULA and go. This is definitely not that kind of installation.
The FileWay interface looks like Windows XP, and the navigation is intuitive.
The "desktop" appears in your browser and allows you to perform different
operations such as configure, upload, setting preferences and so on. FileWay
looks and acts like many of the portals on the market, although some have
the same functionality with less overhead.
Regarding what you need to run this, remember three words: Add more RAM.
Because this application enables your remote users to access resources,
you'll have performance issues if you're trying to deploy this to scores
of users on Pentium 4s with 256MBs RAM.
With all the solutions on the market that allow users access to resources,
FileWay is a viable solution¾but only after making an intense review of
all solutions and basing your decision on internal company needs.
About the Author
Rick Taylor, MCSE, MCT, works for Nestlé at the regional data center in Phoenix. He has worked as an instructor for numerous Microsoft Certified Technical Education Centers; worked as a consultant for firms such as Honeywell, MicroAge and Pan Energy; and is a former Intel systems engineer. Rick has also authored a book for Coriolis’ Exam Cram series.