What's New in CTERA Portal Version 8.1.x
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What's New in CTERA Portal Version 8.1.x

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Article Summary

CTERA Portal version 8.1.x includes a number of new features for global and team portal administrators and for end users.

Note

In addition to the new features described in this article, the features described in What's New in CTERA Portal Version 8.0.x are also incorporated in this version.

Global Administration

Global administrator features:

Setting Up the Database Replication Server

The database replication server is now defined in the user interface instead of during the initial configuration of the serve: The Replication window previously displayed during the server setup, to specify replication of the primary server database is no longer displayed:
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For details about how to specify the database replication server, see Configuring an Additional Server.

Ability to Display Thumbnails

Thumbnails are reduced-size versions of pictures or videos, used to help in recognizing and organizing them, serving the same role for images as a normal text index does for words.

The Thumbnail service is configured by the global administrator. When the CTERA Portal is configured to display thumbnails, the following file types are displayed as thumbnails: JPEG/JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, WebP, SVG.

For details, see Managing the Thumbnail Service.

Faster Portal Installation

Some of the portal infrastructure takes a long time to initialize. To make the installation process faster the relevant modules are started in background as a separate task. The portal can be used even before these modules are initialized.

For details, see Initializing Server Modules.

Removed the Deprecated Data Loss Prevention (DLP) Option

The option to define DLP has been deprecated for a few versions and the option has now been removed from the user interface.

Security Section Added to Global Settings

The Global Settings includes a Security section which enables embedding the portal in an inline frame (iframe), by checking Allow embedding End User Services Portal.
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Changes to the Default Virtual Portal Settings

The following changes have been made to the default virtual portal settings, in the global administrator view:

  • Encryption and compression options have been removed from folder group settings:
    Use encryption and Use compression options have been removed from the Default Settings for New Folder Groups section.
  • A new section for cloud folders has been added.
    Enable Windows ACLs and Extended Attributes have been added to a new virtual portal setting, the Default Settings for New Cloud Folder section in the Virtual Portal settings.
    For details, see Default Settings for New Cloud Folder.
  • A new section for integrating CTERA Portal in Microsoft Teams has been added.
    Allowed Domains has been added to a new virtual portal setting, the Microsoft Teams Integration section.
    For details, see Microsoft Teams Integration.

Administrator Reports

By default, new global administrators are no longer sent monthly administrator reports.

For details, see Adding, Editing, or Deleting Global Administrators.

Integrate CTERA Portal in Microsoft Teams

Access to a CTERA Portal can be added to Microsoft Teams as part of a channel or a group chat inside a team or as a personal tab for an individual user.

To integrate a CTERA Portal in Microsoft Teams requires:

  • Enabling the CTERA Portal to be embedded in an inline frame (iframe) by checking Allow embedding End User Services Portal in the Security section of Global Settings, under SETTINGS, in the Control Panel content page.
  • Setting the Allowed Domains in the Microsoft Teams Integration section in the virtual portal settings, under SETTINGS, in the Control Panel content page.
  • Uploading the files manifest.json, color.png, and outline.png as a zip file to the Microsoft Teams APP repository.

For details, see Integrate CTERA Portal in Microsoft Teams.

Team Portal Administration

Team administrator features:

Support for Files with macOS Tags in New Cloud Folders

Files defined with macOS tags defined can be synced to multiple edge filers with their tags.

The macOS extended file attributes are part of the item’s metadata and macOS tags are supported when defining a new cloud folder, by checking Extended Attributes in the New Cloud Drive Folder window in the CTERA Portal:
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Note

Tags can only be defined for a new cloud folder. When macOS Tags are enabled for the cloud folder, Windows ACLs are also enabled and cannot be disabled.

For details, see Adding or Editing Cloud Folders

Zones Moved from Folders Menu to Compliance Menu

The ability to define Zones has been moved under a new menu option: Compliance in the navigation pane.
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Changes to the Team Portal Settings

The following changes have been made to the default virtual portal settings, in the team administrator view:

  • Encryption and compression options have been removed from folder goup settings:
    Use encryption and Use compression options have been removed from the Default Settings for New Folder Groups section.
  • A new section for cloud folders has been added.
    Enable Windows ACLs and Extended Attributes have been added to a new virtual portal setting, the Default Settings for New Cloud Folder section in the Virtual Portal settings.
    For details, see Default Settings for New Cloud Folder.
  • A new section for integrating CTERA Portal in Microsoft Teams has been added.
    Allowed Domains has been added to a new virtual portal setting, the Microsoft Teams Integration section.
    For details, see Microsoft Teams Integration.

Team Administrator Reports

By default, new team administrators are no longer sent monthly administrator reports.

For details, see Managing Administrator Users.

File Details for WORM Content

When the team administrator with the Manage Compliance Settings permission is in the end user portal, the Item Details button, image.png, has an additional tab, WORM, instead of Compliance, when selecting one or more files.

Single File DetailsMultiple File Details
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End User Portal View

End user features:

Improvements to CTERA Fusion

The following improvements are included with CTERA Fusion:

  • CTERA Fusion now supports S3 browsers that use multipart uploads.
  • NT-ACL settings are supported.
    Note

    Files are listed without Access Based Enumeration.

Ability to View Thumbnails

Thumbnails are reduced-size versions of pictures or videos, used to help in recognizing and organizing them, serving the same role for images as a normal text index does for words.

When the global administrator configures the CTERA Portal to display thumbnails, the following file types are displayed as thumbnails: JPEG/JPG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIFF, WebP, SVG.

Thumbnails are displayed with the Details or Tiles views and not with the List view.

List ViewDetails ViewTiles View
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Public Links and Permalinks When CTERA Portal is Integrated as an App in Microsoft Teams

When a CTERA Portal is integrated within Microsoft Teams, you can create a public link or permalink and share it directly in Microsoft Teams.

For public link details, see Making Content Public. For permalink details, see Setting Up Collaboration Directly to the Content (Permalinks).


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