File Server Manager

Welcome to the File Server Manager page.

The file server manager manages files for clients and the Furitus studio. No need to send files to us by e-mail, mail, or third parties. The file server manager is a complete solution powered by the Furitus servers here at Furitus (Ferret Records).

Below is some help getting started with the FSM.

To connect to the server, use a standard HTTP URL in any Web browser, specifying the IP address (or domain name) of the server and the port (if the FSM server is configured for a port other than the standard port 80). For example: The below is the login link for the login screen.

When using FSM, you will next be presented with the user login page. Enter a valid FSM user account name and password to complete the login.

When users first connect to the server, it is also possible to allow users to select the FSM interface they would like to use. When the “Allow Users to Choose Domain” option is set on the “Options” tab of the Web Settings window, a pop-up menu will be presented listing each of the available domains, in addition to the usual name and password fields. The most common use of this feature is to allow users to select the language for the FSM interface. For example, if domains are created with the names “French” and “German” (in addition to the usual default domain), users would be able to select between those available languages when they login.  

Everyone is familiar with the concept of supplying a password to gain access to some service on the Web. A password is essentially a secret that only the user knows, which they supply when logging in to prove they are who they claim to be. 2-factor authentication simply means that a second mechanism must also be used to confirm the person’s identity.

With FSM 2-factor authentication enabled, users will need to supply a password and a personal identification number (PIN) in order to be granted access to the system. The PIN is sent at the user’s request to their e-mail account. By entering both a password and a PIN, a user therefore confirms that they have the secret password and access to the e-mail account associated with their FSM user account. By confirming the user’s identity in 2 different ways, security of the server is increased.

The FSM provides several different methods of uploading files. Which method is used for any one client depends on the options you have selected in FSM and the capabilities of the Web browser.

The traditional method for selecting file uploads in a Web browser is through the use of a standard file selection dialog box. In this case, the browser presents a “Choose File …” button, which the user clicks to open the standard file selection box. Users can then select the file for upload. This is the most basic Web file upload mechanism, and is supported in virtually every Web browser.

Using basic file selection, each file selection field can be used to choose only 1 file, so when this option is used, FSM will provide multiple file selection fields. The user can then select how many files they would like to upload, and then choose each file individually.

The traditional method of selecting files is the most widely supported, reliable, and often most intuitive method for end users. However, it can be cumbersome, especially when uploading multiple files, so FSM supports other alternatives, described below.

Please note to upload files, simply drag a single or group of files onto the FSM window. Be sure you are in the correct folder. You can use the New Folder selection option on the left of the FSM window.

Most people find drag & drop the easiest way to select files for upload, and with the increased adoption of HTML5, this is now possible. Current versions of Internet Explorer, FireFox, Safari and Chrome all support the FSM drag & drop file upload feature and make it possible for end users to send files simply by dragging them from the desktop into the Web interface file listing. Drag & drop uploads are supported not only for standard file uploads, but also drop ship uploads, file request uploads, etc.

When “Use HTML5 Drag & Drop” is enabled, and a user views the main directory listing page in FSM, he or she can choose to upload files via either drag & drop or file selection. To upload via drag & drop, files are simply dragged and dropped onto the directory listing. To upload via file selection box, the user chooses the “Upload File(s)” option from the Actions menu to open the file selection box.

Some browsers allow users to select multiple files using a single file selection input field. This option is similar to the “Traditional” method described above, except that users can shift-click or command-click (control-click in Windows) to select multiple files in a single standard file selection dialog. When this option is available (based on the browser in use by the client), FSM displays a short bit of help text on the file upload box to let users know how they can select multiple files.

HTML 5 drag and drop, described above, is the quickest and easiest way to select multiple files for upload. Unfortunately, older versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, which remain in common use, do not support either multi-file selection or drag & drop. For this reason, FSM includes a java applet which can be run in the browser on the client to allow Explorer versions 7 through 9 to accept file uploads via drag & drop.

Once the java applet is enabled, MSIE 7-9 users can choose the “Drag & Drop Files” option from the “Upload … Files” pop-up menu. After switching to the Drag & Drop interface, files and folders can be selected and dragged into the file list box for transfer. To remove a file or folder from the list, select the item and press the delete key.

On the “Web Settings” window, “Listings” tab, enable the “Allow Files to Be Moved” option to allow users to move files from one folder to another.

To move a file, the user drags the file icon to the destination folder icon. Files can be moved “up” to the user’s home folder or a parent folder by dragging the file onto the appropriate element in the navigation bar. In “standard” directory list view, only the small file and folder icons are drag and drop-able. In thumbnail view, the entire thumbnail image of the file being moved can be dragged.

Important! FSM uses drag and drop functionality in modern Web browsers to implement the “file move” feature, so users of older browsers will not be able to move files. Browsers that adequately support drag and drop include Safari 7+, Google Chrome 26+, FireFox 16+ and Microsoft Internet Explorer 10+.

The FSM “Basket” is a useful feature, especially for those who use the Drop Ship function extensively. In essence, the feature allows users create a collection of files and then process the collection in a single action. Users can move from folder to folder within their content area, adding files to the basket as they go. The basket can then be drop shipped in a single drop ship URL, moved to a set destination folder, etc. In the case of a drop shipment, when a basket of files is sent, the recipient accessing the drop ship URL sees each file sent and can view or download the files as needed.

Notice that a button is made available for “Add to Basket” actions for configuring the behavior options for the basket function.

In the Web interface, users will now be able to add files to the basket, then either move all the files in the basket or drop ship the entire basket content in one action.

Users can then create a bookmark in the browser, or the URL can be copy/pasted from the browser’s address bar.

When the FSM server is accessed via instant access bookmark, the option to create a bookmark will not be presented. To create an instant access bookmark, a user must connect to the server and login normally.

FSM displays files hierarchically, with files displayed in directories (folders) which are navigated in much the same way as they are in a traditional file system. However, users can also choose to search for files by name or even file content. FSM provides this capability using the Spotlight search service on the server Mac itself.

First, search needs to be enabled, using the pop-up options menu on the “General Actions” tab of the Web Settings window. The available options include: “Disabled”, “For Filenames”, “For File Contents” and “For Name or Content”. Choose “For Filenames” to allow end users to search for text contained in filenames, and “For File Contents” to cause the search function to perform a full text search of text that appears within files. The “For Name or Content” option allows users to select whether their search should be performed in filenames or text file content.

All searches are performed as a case-insensitive “contains” search, meaning that a match is found when the filename or contents contains the search word specified, regardless of case. For example, a search word of “custom” would result in a response that includes files containing text such as “Custom” and “customizable”. Users can specify multiple search words in a query and choose between receiving a response where files contain either “any” or “all” of the search words. For example, a search phrase of “custom web interface” could result in a file list where files include all 3 search words, or any of the 3, depending on the user selection.

Searches are also restricted in scope to the folder in which the user currently resides, including sub- folders of that folder. For example, when a user first logs in and a directory listing of their top-level Home Folder is displayed, any search the user performs will be performed within the user’s entire Home Folder. If the user moves down into a sub-folder and then performs another search, that search will be made only through files in that folder hierarchy.

Search results are shown in a traditional FSM file list, with files linked normally. Users can return to the standard directory listing by clicking the folder name (or “Home”) in the folder “breadcrumb” list.