File Share Synchronization

File share sync with mobile remote access.
Simplify remote access and collaboration with a centrally managed cloud file server for multiple branch offices.

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Modern File Synchronization Needs Mobile Access

File synchronization gives the impression that files are always available when needed, encouraging mobility and productivity for remote employees. CentreStack provides a solution that synchronizes file shares with cloud storage, creating a unified directory structure for multiple branch offices. It combines mobile access, secure file sharing, and file share sync capabilities.

Are you deploying Azure File Sync?

Have you read the 400-word "Deploy Azure File Sync" technical document and wondered why it's so difficult to set up file share sync there?

Maybe a better question to ask is, what is the end-game after deploying the Azure file sync? Does it provide web browser-based file access? Does it give your employees mobile remote access to file shares? Will you use it as a backup tool?

Azure File gives you a network share over the Internet. However, it is not as easy to use as OneDrive or other Dropbox-like services.

Are you deploying Azure File Sync?

Challenges of DFS

Microsoft DFS (Distributed File System) is most commonly used for file share replication (DFS-R, really). However, DFS-R was designed to work on local area networks with Active Directory and can be problematic when replicating over wide area networks. When replication is required among branch offices, VPNs (virtual private networks) are typically used. However, VPNs also tend to generate lots of issues. The bottom line is that both services render replication unreliable.

DFS-R is particularly bad at managing conflicts during bi-directional synchronization. And there are many missing features such as version control, audit tracing, and file change histories that are not part of the DFS replication.

Other common problem areas include:

Challenges of DFS


Conflicts need to be managed across locations during concurrent access.


File permissions are an essential part of file information and need to be synchronized.


Businesses are protected by firewalls and forced to depend on difficult-to-manage VPNs for remote office synchronization.


As files replicate to multiple locations, change control becomes increasingly difficult.


Version Control is not a built-in feature for file shares.


Remote and Mobile Access is not a built-in feature for traditional file shares, and DFS-R doesn't help with mobile access.

File Sync and Share Designed for
Windows File Servers

Sync File Server Shares to Cloud and Use it like Dropbox!

With CentreStack, the result of a file share sync is that on-premise file server shares are synchronized into cloud storage service (including Azure Blob Storage). Employees can use mobile phones, remote devices, and web browsers to access files and folders with their existing active directory credentials.

Basically, your file servers become a Dropbox-like or a OneDrive-like file sharing service.

File Server Sync Solution

CentreStack adds secure remote access and file sharing, disaster prevention, and recovery to file servers on-premises with easy cloud migration to private cloud storage. It is the file server based, private sync and share solution you have been looking for!


CentreStack is privately hosted by the enterprise, providing privacy by design.


Compliance center provides features such as GDPR and HIPAA checklist.


There are many control parameters from permissions, group, and access policies to audit trace and file download logging.


Security measures covering data-at-rest, data-in-transit, authentication integration with Active Directory and NTFS permissions.

File Share Synchronization Feature Highlights

On top of the file server synchronization, CentreStack adds mobile remote access features, including desktop mapped drive, mobile applications, and web browser-based file manager. Secure file sharing features such as web-link sharing and secure data room are also added. In the end, it is a file sync and share solution that focuses on delivering cloud enablement to Windows file servers.

File Share Synchronization Feature Highlights

Conflict Resolution

CentreStack leverage version controls and centralized arbitration to resolve conflicts.

On-Demand Sync

CentreStack presents a full folder structure without actually downloading files until the moment they are accessed.

Binary Differential Sync

CentreStack leverages sync to detect smaller sections of changes in a file and syncs accordingly.

Permission Sync

CentreStack syncs NTFS folder permissions to a centralized repository.

File Share Synchronization Feature Highlights

Folder Permissions

Define different permissions for folders at different levels of the directory structure or inherit from NTFS permissions directly.

Secure Data Room

Web-based secure data room allows view-only access to shared folders with download disabled.

User Rights

From internal Active Directory users to external clients and partners, you can define user rights for folder sharing.

Version Control

Shared folders are put under version control, and notifications are available for users subscribed to the folders.

File Share Synchronization Feature Highlights


CentreStack integrates with Office 365 for web-based co-editing and co-authoring for files inside the shared folder.

Large Folders

Use Outlook integration to share large folders or files as web links via email.

Link Sharing

Convert shared files and shared folders into web links for direct access over web browsers.

Mobile Application

Access shared files and shared folders from mobile devices such as from iPhone or Android phone.

Cloud File Server Use Cases

Synchronizing local file shares from multiple branch offices into a centrally managed cloud file server simplifies access and collaboration using HTTPS/SSL and other secure transfer protocols. And for business continuity, files are under version control in the cloud with locally cached copies at each branch office.

Multiple Branch Offices

Connect multiple branch offices

Move File Server to Cloud

Move file server to cloud seamlessly


CentreStack synchronizes local file shares to the cloud for business continuity and centralized, secure cloud-based access.

Business Continuity

Syncing local file shares to the cloud with version control improves business continuity for local and remote file servers in branch offices.

Mobile Access

Simplify remote and mobile access by synchronizing local folders to centralized cloud storage.

Branch Office Productivity

Typically, it is not easy for branch office employees to access files from headquarters or employees in the main office to access branch office files. But once all files are synchronized to a centralized cloud repository, access is simpler and more secure.

Reduce VPN Dependency

VPN file sharing can be avoided since files are now in the cloud, syncing in real-time with on-premise file servers.

Version Control

All file changes can be managed and monitored with built-in version controls.

Audit Tracing and History

Audit traces and file change histories are available for file shares that have been synchronized.

Retire File Servers

Once the file shares are synchronized with the cloud, local file servers can be retired if so desired.

Replace File Servers

Once the file shares are in sync with the cloud, local file servers become gateways that can be easily replaced with newer servers or retired.

Ready to boost mobile productivity with file server based sync and share?