File Jockey version 2 now provides Windows and Mac users a network drive which displays the files stored in IBM Connections Greenhouse. This service is delivered to you free of charge so you can get familiar with File Jockey.

The new network drive will allow seamless read and write access to the files stored in IBM Connections Greenhouse from programs like MS Office. For example, users will be able to:

  1. In MS Word, save a Word file directly to a IBM Connections Community Library via the File/Save As operation.
  2. In MS Excel, open an existing Excel file directly from IBM Connections My Files via the File/Open operation, modify the file and save it back directly to IBM Connections by pressing the Save button in Excel.
  3. Quickly browse through the files stored in IBM Connections via the network drive.
  4. In the IBM Connections network drive, use the right click option to create a new Word file; give it a file name; work on the content; and save or close the file directly in IBM Connections.
  5. Carry out batch operations like copying a complete IBM Connections Community including all files and folders to another disk.

File Jockey v2 fully integrates both Windows and Mac computers with the files stored in IBM Connections Greenhouse.

In addition File Jockey will continue to connect third party apps on mobile devices (like Goodreader and Notability) with the files stored in IBM Connections Greenhouse. The only difference with the previous version is much higher transfer speeds!

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Windows

If you have a Greenhouse subscription creating this network drive really easy. In Windows 7 and 8 start your files explorer and choose tools map network drive.

Map Network drive   or   Map network drive in Computer settings

What network folder would you like to map?

Do not use below option in Windows by the way!

Connect a web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures

The URL is https://greenhouse.file-jockey.com

Then enter your Greenhouse credentials and the network drive will be created.

\\greenhouse.file-jockey.com

If you have problems with mapping the Windows network drive please check make sure you follow the instructions below.

  • Make sure all Windows updates are installed on your computer, then test again, if still having problems carry out the following step.
  • Windows 7 and Vista will fail to connect to the server using insecure Basic authentication. It will not even display any login dialog. Windows 7 and Vista requires SSL / HTTPS connection to be used with Basic. If you try to connect via Add Network Location Wizard you will get the following error: “The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please choose another“. However, you still can connect if you set the following registry key on a client machine: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\WebClient\Parameters\BasicAuthLevel to 2. The BasicAuthLevel can be set to the following values:
    • 0 – Basic authentication disabled
    • 1 – Basic authentication enabled for SSL shares only
    • 2 or greater – Basic authentication enabled for SSL shares and for non-SSL shares
    • You must reboot your computer if you changed this registry setting, then test again, if still having problems carry out the following step.
  • Next try will be to implement this hotfix, then reboot your PC and try again, if still having problems carry out the following step.
  • Next try will be to implement this software update, then reboot your PC and try again, if still having problems carry out the following step.
  • If the mapped was created you should see the Communities, My Folders and My Files. If the folder is empty, so you see nothing you have entered the wrong credentials, to fix disconnect the drive and reconnect with the correct credentials.

Mac

For Mac users a network drive can be mapped in Finder. In Finder press Go and choose Connect to Server

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The URL is https://greenhouse.file-jockey.com

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Then enter your Greenhouse credentials and the network drive will be created.

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We noticed that Finder is not the fastest WebDAV client. We advise for any network connected drive, in Finder: uncheck “Show icon preview” option for Column view and disable “Show item info” in icon view. If you are going to carry out write operations in the SmartCloud NA network drive please carry out the instructions in this post to prevent the creation of .DS-store files.