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Introduction

Reflection for Secure IT Web Edition provides a secure way to manage file exchange with users outside your network. Secure authentication and encryption are used for all connections. Two possible configurations are shown below.

The simplest configuration has only two components. All Web Edition servers are located on a single server, and files are transferred to and from this server. This configuration can be helpful for initial testing even if your final plans involve a more complex configuration.

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A typical distributed configuration is shown below. This configuration supports file exchange between users outside the network and a file server behind the firewall. It also puts the User Manager behind the firewall.

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  • User workstation

    Users log in to the web-based Reflection for Secure IT Transfer Client using a URL you provide. With this client, users can upload or download documents using an easy drag-and-drop interface.

  • Web Edition server

    In both configurations, the Web Edition server runs the following two services

    • Reflection for Secure IT Web Transfer Server: Authenticates Web Edition users and is the application server for the Transfer Client.
    • Reflection for Secure IT Server for Windows: A Secure Shell server that manages secure file transfers.

    In the simplified configuration, you can also install the User Manager on this system.

    In the simplified configuration, files are uploaded and downloaded directly to and from this server. In the distributed configuration, the Web Edition server can be configured to act as a gateway to one or more file servers located behind your firewall. When you configure Web Edition to server as a gateway, data streams continuously through the gateway, eliminating the need to save the file on this server. This is more secure and more efficient than file transfer solutions that require the file to be stored and then forwarded.

  • User Manager

    A web-based tool for configuring which users can log in to the Web Edition Transfer Client. You can use it to provide access to external users (such as customers or business partners) and to allow access to remote users (users with domain accounts working outside your firewall).

  • File server

    You can configure one or more additional computers to act as the repository for uploaded and/or downloaded files. In the simplest configuration, you can upload and download files to and from your Web Edition server. However, in most cases you will use one or more additional file servers located behind your firewall. Users have access only to the directories you specify, and have no knowledge of the host name or the actual directory names on this server.