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Welcome to mobilEcho

This guide provides the essential steps for setting up a mobilEcho File Server. For more detailed instructions on configuring the mobilEcho File Server and the optional mobilEcho Client Management Server component, see the relevant sections of the complete user manual:

Before you begin

Verify that your server meets the following requirements.

Operating System Requirements

Windows Server Platforms: 2012, 2008 (inc. R2), 2003 (inc R2)

Windows Workstation Platforms: Windows 7, Vista, XP Pro SP3

Minimum Hardware Recommendation

Processor: Pentium 4

Memory: 1 GB

Network Requirements

mobilEcho clients require network access to your server.

If you want to allow access from outside your firewall, there are several options:

  • Port 443 access
  • VPN connection
  • Reverse proxy server

See the Getting Started section of the mobilEcho Server User Manual for further details on this access options.

Installing MobilEcho on your server

1. Run the mobilEcho Installer. Be sure you are logged into Windows with administrator privileges.

2. Click Next to begin installation.

3. Accept the Software License Agreement and click Next.

4. Click Next to accept the default Destination Folder.

5. Click Install to begin the installation.

Upgrade installs

If you have a previous version of mobilEcho installed, it will be upgraded to the new version. Any existing settings will be retained.

6. Click Finish to close the completed installer and automatically launch the mobilEcho Administrator.

First run - Installing your license

If you are installing mobilEcho for the first time, mobilEcho will ask if you would like to replicate your existing Windows SMB file shares or ExtremeZ-IP AFP file volumes. No data is copied or changed. The corresponding share locations are simply added as volumes in mobilEcho. This can also be done at any time from within the mobilEcho Volumes window.

New mobilEcho installations default to trial mode. If you have a mobilEcho serial number, click Licensing and then click Add License to add your serial number.

If you upgraded a previous version of mobilEcho, it will continue to use your existing serial number.

Configuring your first shared volume

1. Launch the mobilEcho Administrator.

2. Click Volumes. The Volumes window will appear.

3. Click Create to create a new volume.

If you want to share files on this server's physical storage, choose On this server. If you want to share an SMB/CIFS volume located on another server or NAS device, choose On another server. If you want to give users access to your activEcho server, choose On an activEcho server. If you want to give access to a SharePoint server, choose On a SharePoint server. The ability to create mobilEcho volumes that give access to SMB/CIFS shares and SharePoint servers requires a mobilEcho enterprise or trial license. The ability to share an activEcho server is derived from the activEcho license. If you own a "standalone" mobilEcho server license, you will only see the options to share locations On this server and On an activEcho server.

If you choose On this server, or if you are running a mobilEcho Server with a perpetual license (which does not support resharing volumes on other servers), you will be prompted to select a directory location on this server. Browse to the path of the folder you want to share and click OK.

If you choose On another server, you will be prompted to enter the path to the server or SMB share you'd like to make available with this mobilEcho volume. Enter the desired path and click OK.

Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) namespaces

mobilEcho's network reshare feature can be used to make DFS namespaces available to mobilEcho users. Simply specify the DFS namespace's path when creating an On another server volume.

Details on configuring activEcho volumes can be found here.

Details on configuring SharePoint volumes can be found here.

4. The Volume Properties dialog appears. Edit the Volume Name if necessary.

5. Click OK to share the volume with mobilEcho.

Installing the mobilEcho client application

1. Browse to mobilEcho in the Apple or Android app store:

From your iOS device, visit the Apple App Store and search for mobilEcho, or follow this link:

From your Android device, visit the Google Play store and search for mobilEcho, or follow this link: 

2. Install the mobilEcho app and tap it to launch mobilEcho.

3. At the Welcome screen, tap Continue.

4. Tap the “+” icon on iOS to add a server. On Android, open the Settings menu and tap "Add Server".

5. Enter the Server Name or IP address of the server you installed mobilEcho on. You can optionally enter a Display Name for this server, which will appear in the mobilEcho server list.

6. Enter a Username that has access to the mobilEcho file server. mobilEcho uses standard NTFS permissions to regulate access.

7. Toggle Save Password to ON if you would like to save your password, then enter and confirm your password.

8. Tap Save to commit the server settings.

9. Tap the server listed in the left hand pane to connect and browse available volumes.

For full details on the mobilEcho client application’s settings and features, visit the mobilEcho Client Application User Guide page.

Windows 2003 Service Dependencies

mobilEcho uses Windows' embedded web services for HTTPS communications. While this does not require you have the Internet Information Server (IIS) role active on your Windows 2003 server, mobilEcho is dependent on two related Windows services: IIS Admin Service and HTTP SSL. After installation, if mobilEcho clients are unable to connect to your server, ensure that these two Windows services are enabled and running.

Additional resources

GroupLogic Support web site

MobilEcho documentation site

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